PHILADELPHIA -- A wild second quarter ended with the Chicago Bears taking a 17-10 lead to halftime courtesy of a special teams turnover.
After the Eagles had grabbed most of the momentum, the Bears special teams came up with a huge play as Zack Bowman and Corey Graham combined to strip Philadelphia punt returner DeSean Jackson. Jackson coughed up the ball on his own nine-yard line -- the fumble was recovered by the Bears' Sam Hurd, and that led to a Marion Barber two-yard touchdown run.
Things were starting to look bleak for the Bears a few minutes earlier when Matt Forte lost the ball deep in Bears territory following a reception. Forte had the ball poked away by Philadelphia rookie linebacker Brian Rolle who picked up the football and ran it back for a touchdown. That play tied the game at 10-10 and seemed to pump life back into a dead pro-Eagles crowd at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia's first points of the quarter came on an Alex Henery 47-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar. That score was set up thanks to a 31-yard reception by Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Robbie Gould also booted a 51-yard field for the Bears.
There was a scary moment in the second quarter when Bears defensive end Julius Peppers hurt his left knee attempting to tackle LeSean McCoy. Peppers stayed down on the field for a minute before gingerly walking off under his own power. After Peppers was examined on the bench by the club's training staff, he returned to the game and recorded a sack.
Peppers previously injured the same knee in the Bears loss in Detroit on October 10.