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Rapid Reaction: Bears 24, Eagles 20

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- Thank you, Philadelphia.

The Chicago Bears defense finally came through Sunday night after consecutive second-half collapses. What isn't quite as clear: Where the Bears' credit should end and the Philadelphia Eagles' blame should begin.

The Eagles were in position to give the Bears another fourth quarter loss but were unable to score on four consecutive plays from inside Chicago's 5-yard line late in the game. Of course, that failure could have been because the Eagles unimaginatively ran the ball four consecutive times up the middle.

A touchdown would have given the Eagles a 27-24 lead with 3:40 remaining. But instead, defensive end Alex Brown stopped tailback Correll Buckhalter on fourth down from the 1-yard line. The Eagles were playing without starting tailback Brian Westbrook, and you would have thought they would try at least one pass play near the goal line.

Instead, the Bears (2-2) are now tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the thus-far uninspiring NFC North division race.