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Monday, November 7, 2011
1st quarter wrap: Bears 7, Eagles 0

By Michael C. Wright

PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Bears executed their offensive game plan with the subtlety of a wrecking ball during their first drive Monday in running roughshod over the Philadelphia Eagles to take a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Bears opened the game with two consecutive Matt Forte runs for 31 yards, and by the end of the possession, the message was clear: the visiting team was looking to pound the Eagles with a punishing rushing attack.

By succeeding with the ground game, the Bears dominated time of possession 11:22 to 3:38.

The Bears chewed up 5 minutes and 42 seconds in an opening drive spanning 79 yards in 12 plays, with Forte doing the damage by making Eagles defenders miss in open field with a few eye-opening cuts. Forte racked up 52 yards on six runs during the opening drive, with Marion Barber chipping in eight more yards on two attempts.

Although the rushing attack carried the Bears into the red zone, the team utilized the passing game to put points on the board. Jay Cutler hit Matt Spaeth for a 5-yard touchdown with 9:23 remaining in the quarter.

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick completed 2 of 4 for 14 yards on the ensuing drive, which ended in a punt after six plays.