Grounded Eagles fall flat in 4th quarter

November, 8, 2011
11/08/11
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In a game that both teams needed to win to keep pace in their respective divisions, it was the Chicago Bears that made the plays it needed in the fourth quarter.

Matt Forte
Forte
Chicago pulled out the tough road win despite uncharacteristic turnovers from star running back Matt Forte. Forte, who had not fumbled in 346 touches dating back to Week 7 last season, coughed it up twice. Both fumbles were recovered by the Philadelphia Eagles and led to 14 points.

Forte made up for those gaffes by rushing for 133 yards; the fourth time this season he's run for over 100 yards. Through eight games, Forte's 805 rush yards are the fifth-most by a Bears running back in the last 50 years. In that span, the only runners to post higher totals through eight games are Walter Payton and Gale Sayers.

Meanwhile, Jay Cutler made good decisions when facing added pressure, completing six of seven passes against five-or-more rushers. For just the second time since joining the Bears in 2009, Cutler was not sacked.

Cutler targeted former Vanderbilt teammate Earl Bennett five times Monday. Bennett, who hadn't played since Week 2, caught all five passes for 95 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

The Eagles continue to struggle late in games. This season Philadelphia has outscored its opponents by 57 points in the first three quarters of games, but have been outscored by 36 in the fourth quarter. Monday marked the fourth time this season Philadelphia lost a game in which they held a fourth-quarter lead. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Eagles are the third team in NFL history to lose four such games within its first eight games of a season. The only other teams to do that were the 1954 Packers and the 1999 Saints.

One bright spot for the Eagles in the loss was LeSean McCoy, who scored a touchdown in his eighth straight game to start the season, tying an Eagles record held by Steve Van Buren. Only four other running backs since the merger have accomplished the feat - the last coming in 1999 when Emmitt Smith did it.

Michael Vick completed 21 of 38 passes for 213 yards and an interception - which occurred in the Red Zone. Vick's five Red Zone turnovers this season are the most in the NFL. Vick falls to 0-4 in his career against the Bears, his worst record against any team.

The Eagles fall to 3-5, tied for last in the NFC East and three games back of the New York Giants.

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