Bears-Eagles Game: Eagles Win Big, Take Control Of NFC EastBy: Tobias Roth - December 23, 2013
On Sunday night, a potentially exciting game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles occurred, leaving the Bears embarrassed once again. Despite the outcome of the game, both teams remain at the top of their respective divisions.
While still at the top of the division, the Bears will play against the Packers in week 17 determining which of the two teams will claim the NFC North, and head to the playoffs.
The NFC East features a similar situation in which the Eagles and Cowboys will battle it out for top place in the division, and a spot in the playoffs.
There are all sorts of NFL playoff scenarios that are being talked about, and many of them concern the NFC, as only two of the NFC teams have clinched a spot in the playoffs so far, which are the Seahawks and the Panthers.
The Seahawks have been the one dominant team throughout the season and clinched a couple of weeks ago, while the Panthers clinched yesterday with a big win against the Saints.
In an important statement from the Philadelphia Eagles, who have had an up-and-down season, they destroyed the Chicago Bears with a final score of 54-11. While the Eagles would have been playing their final game to decide the division no matter how the game ended, rookie coach Chip Kelly decided to play his starters anyway, and make an example of the Bears.
The Bears offense was not able to get going at all during the game, and was in part due to the fact that Jay Cutler was not getting any protection, and the opposing defense recorded a season-high number of sacks on the quarterback, a total of 5. He was harassed by the Eagles’ defense throughout the game, and as a result, the Bears only scored one touchdown in the game, a 6-yard pass on the last play of the third quarter.
After the Cowboys rallied to beat the Redskins earlier in the day, the Eagles knew that they were only playing for a No.3 seed, but that didn’t stop them from dominating the game, which they did from the start. Chip Kelly has brought his team to play, and that is just what they did.
After the game, the coach said “We’re from Philadelphia and we fight. If there’s a game on, we’re playing.”
The Eagles led the Bears 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, and LeSean McCoy added to his already impressive stats on the season by running for two touchdowns, and 133 yards in the game. Just weeks ago, he set the rushing record for an Eagles running back in a game against the Detroit Lions.
In a wild upcoming week 17, the playoffs will finally be set, with important games between the Bears and Packers, and Eagles and Cowboys.
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