Bears 30

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Eagles 24

(3-5, 1-3 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 7, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 7 10 3 1030
PHI 0 10 14 024

Top Performers

Passing: M. Vick (PHI) - 213 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Forte (CHI) - 24 CAR, 133 YDS

Receiving: E. Bennett (CHI) - 5 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Matt Forte, Bears fight past mistakes to cool off Eagles

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Forte was standing on the sideline after losing two fumbles and Chicago faced a fourth-quarter deficit.

No problem for Jay Cutler and these resilient Bears.

Cutler threw a go-ahead 5-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett, Forte ran for 133 yards and the Bears rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 30-24 on Monday night.

"We cannot afford to fall behind against anyone in this league, so we needed a good start," said Forte, who had 374 touches without losing a fumble.

"We had that, and even with that fast start, we still fell behind against that team. But we stayed focused and recovered. We tried not to worry about the past, and just focus on the next play. For us, that is the key."

It was a crushing loss for Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-5), who blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time this season. Jeremy Maclin fell down and was tackled at the Chicago 30 after a 9-yard catch on fourth-and-10 with just under two minutes left, and the Bears ran out the clock.

The defending NFC East champions trail the New York Giants (6-2) by three games.

"We need to keep getting better," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We have to continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes."

Chicago (5-3) won its third straight game, but remains third in the NFC North behind Green Bay (8-0) and Detroit (6-2). The Bears entered as an 8-point underdog despite coming off a bye.

After LeSean McCoy's 33-yard touchdown run following Forte's second fumble gave the Eagles a 24-17 lead in the third quarter, the Bears answered with 13 straight points.

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal to cut it to 24-20, and then Chicago's defense forced a punt after three plays.

The Bears drove 51 yards for the go-ahead score, with Cutler tossing a 5-yard TD pass to Bennett over Asante Samuel for a 27-24 lead.

"All you ever hear is DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and all of the plays that they can make," Bennett said of Philadelphia's standout receivers. "So, we just wanted to go out there, make some plays, and prove the critics wrong."

The Eagles reached the Bears 42 on their next drive. On fourth-and-6, punter Chas Henry bounced a pass to a wide-open Colt Anderson and Chicago took over.

Henry, recruited as a quarterback at Florida, spent a lot of time throwing passes to long snapper Jon Dorenbos on the sideline in the second quarter, presumably warming up for the fake punt. He got his chance and badly underthrew the pass.

"Pretty seldom do we have a guy completely uncovered and have a chance to make a big play. We didn't execute," Reid said.

The Bears took advantage. A pass interference penalty on Nnamdi Asomugha at the Eagles 7 prolonged the drive. The defense stiffened and Gould hit a 22-yarder to extend the lead to 30-24.

Trent Cole knocked the ball loose from Forte following a 6-yard run midway through the third quarter, and Mike Patterson recovered at the Bears 41. Forte was originally ruled down, but the play was overturned when the Eagles challenged.

Two plays later, McCoy sprinted down the left side and into the end zone to score for the eighth straight game, tying Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren's club record.

In a matchup featuring two of the game's best running backs, Forte outplayed McCoy except for the two fumbles.

McCoy had 71 yards rushing.

The Eagles tied it at 17 on Ronnie Brown's 4-yard TD run that capped an 80-yard drive to open the second half. The TD was Brown's first since joining the Eagles. Brown was one of six former Pro Bowl players acquired by Philadelphia in the offseason. He hadn't made much of a contribution and was traded to Detroit last month only to have the deal voided because Jerome Harrison didn't pass a physical.

The Bears took a 17-10 halftime lead on Marion Barber's 2-yard TD run after a costly fumble by Jackson.

Jackson, a Pro Bowl punt returner, was stripped by Corey Graham and the Bears recovered at the Eagles 9 with a minute left in the second quarter.

A roughing-the-passer penalty on Jason Babin gave Chicago a first down at the Eagles 2 after Cutler threw an incomplete pass on third down. Barber then ran in from the 2.

Cutler threw a 5-yard TD pass to Matt Spaeth and Gould kicked a 51-yard field goal to help the Bears build an early 10-0 advantage.

Rookie Alex Henery kicked a career-best 47-yard field goal for the Eagles, and the defense made a big play on Chicago's ensuing series late in the second quarter.

Forte caught a short pass from Cutler, but Brian Rolle punched the ball out. Rolle picked it up and ran 22 yards for a TD that tied it at 10.

After struggling badly against the run the first five weeks, the Eagles improved in the past two games. They allowed just 127 yards rushing combined in wins against Washington and Dallas.

Helped by a pass interference call on Major Wright that kept their second drive going, the Eagles reached the Bears 19 early in the second quarter. But Vick made a poor throw into double coverage that was picked off by Wright, who returned it 36 yards to the Bears 48.

The teams met for the fifth straight year. Chicago has won four of those games. Beloved former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan was honored at halftime.

Vick was 21 of 38 for 213 yards and one interception. He fell to 0-4 as a starter against the Bears.

Cutler was 18 of 32 for 208 yards and two TDs.

Ryan, who is battling cancer, was Chicago's defensive coordinator during their Super Bowl championship season in 1985. He came to Philadelphia the next season and led the Eagles to the playoffs from 1988-90.

Ryan got a loud ovation and fans chanted "Buddy! Buddy!"

Game notes

Eagles FS Nate Allen left with a concussion. ... Bears return specialist Devin Hester left with an ankle injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2220
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6663
Total Yards372330
Yards per play5.65.2
Total Drives1110
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

chiTD9:23Matt Spaeth 5 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 79 yds, 5:42
chiFG7:32Robbie Gould 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 19 yds, 4:09
phiFG2:09Alex Henery 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 53 yds, 5:23
phiTD1:48Brian Rolle 22 Yard Fumble Return (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 0:26
chiTD0:48Marion Barber 2 Yard Run (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yds, 0:13
phiTD8:22Ronnie Brown 4 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 6:42
phiTD6:00Lesean Mccoy 33 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 41 yds, 0:52
chiFG0:25Robbie Gould 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 5:31
chiTD12:22Earl Bennett 5 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yds, 2:21
chiFG4:01Robbie Gould 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 54 yds, 5:27

Research Notes

From Elias:
Jay Cutler didn't fair well in the 4th quarter in the Bears first 7 games, throwing for just 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. That wasn't the case Monday night. Cutler completed 75 percent of his 4th quarter passes for 60 yards and a touchdown as the Bears outscored the Eagles 10-0.
NEXT LEVEL: Jay Cutler took a three-step drop on only three of his 32 pass attempts, but completed all of them, two of which went for touchdowns. The shorter drops were used twice in the red zone (2-2, 2 TD).
NEXT LEVEL: Jay Cutler completed 6 of 7 passes and wasn't sacked against five or more pass rushers Monday night. Entering Week 9 against added pressure, Cutler had thrown the most interceptions and was tied for the second most times sacked.
NEXT-LEVEL: Earl Bennett, who hadn't played since Week 2, caught all five targets for 95 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown against the Eagles. Bennett totaled 47 yards after the catch Monday after having just 1 yard after the catch on three receptions in his first two games.
NEXT-LEVEL: Matt Forte ran for 79 of his 133 yards to the right side and averaged 7.9 yards per carry rushing in that direction. Coming into the game, Forte led the league (min. 20 carries) with 342 yards and 7.3 yards per carry on runs to the right this season.
NEXT LEVEL: Michael Vick completed 4 of 15 passes (26.7 percent) for 77 yards on throws of 11 yards or more downfield. It was his season-low completion percentage and yardage on such passes. DeSean Jackson wasn't able to catch any of his four targets on throws more than 10 yards downfield.

EaglesThe Eagles' loss Monday night came after yet another fourth-quarter collapse. Philly has now been outscored by 36 points in the fourth quarter this season, worst in the NFL.


BearsSince the Bears lost to the Lions in Week 5, Chicago has made a point of establishing its ground game and protecting quarterback Jay Cutler.

Matt Forte's 133 rush yds are the most by a Bears running back on Monday Night Football since Walter Payton had 157 in Week 7 of 1978.
Rare fumbles.... Matt Forte's fumble was his first lost since Week 7 of last season Entering Monday, DeSean Jackson had never lost a fumble on 107 career punt returns.
The interception was Vick's 3rd in the Red Zone this season, tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the 2nd-most in the NFL. Only Josh Freeman has more (4)
With the Bears shutting out the Eagles in the first quarter, its worth noting that they have allowed just a single TD in the 1st quarter all season, T-2nd fewest in the NFL with the Falcons and Texans. Only the Ravens, who have yet to give up a 1st quarter TD, have been better. Their 18 points allowed in the first quarter ranks 4th in the NFL, trailing only the Ravens, Texans and Bengals.
Marion Barber picked up a crucial first down on a 3rd-and-1 on the Bears' opening drive. Whereas Matt Forte struggled on 3rd/4th and 1 last season (just a single 1st down on 8 carries), Barber was among the NFL's best (11-17, 11 1st downs tied for 2nd-most in NFL), making him a valuable pickup to mask one of Forte's biggest deficiencies.

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