The Eagles had a tough time keeping up with Bears receiver Earl Bennett in their close 30-24 loss to Chicago
(PHILADELPHIA,PA) – In a “Must Win” game of two teams staring up at division leaders with big head-starts, the Chicago Bears seized a golden opportunity in a thrilling 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The city of thePhiladelphiawas abuzz as Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, John Gruden came to town looking for a good national game and they definitely got one.
In a back-and-forth game, the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler led his team on a fourth quarter long 57-yard drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown throw to his favorite target Earl Bennett. All-night, Cutler was able to find Bennett early and often the Bears used the Philadelphia Eagles’ Achilles heal, turnovers, to undo the now desperate Birds. Though the turnover scoreboard read 2 to 2, but the Bears , in their 3rd straight win, were able to turn the Eagles turnovers (Michael Vick interception to Major Wright and a DeSean Jackson fumbled punt deep in Philadelphia territory) into 10 points that proved to be huge.
In his after-game press conference, you could visibly see that Vick was very despondent after the crushing comeback loss — fourth time Philadelphiahas lost a 4th quarter lead in defeat – that moved the Eagles record to (3-5). In a game where the Eagles had many opportunities and the lead late, the Birds still had a chance to catch the Bears late. With the score 30-24, the Eagles started a long march from around their 20-yard line into Chicago territory.
The late drive which included the two-minute warning seemed to energize the capacity crowd, but victory was not meant to be for the Eagles. The debilitating defeat was culminated when Vick threw a little high to receiver Jeremy Maclin and the speedy receiver had to break stride just enough so he could reach the first down marker on his 9-yard catch.
Once the Bears got the ball, they were able to run out the clock and leave town with a “playoff” type. The two teams lockerrooms were in direct contrast of each other as Chicago gained confidence for a huge upcoming battle with the Detroit Lions that will go a long way to sorting out who is second to the Super Bowl Champion undefeated Green Bay Packers (8-0). While there were whispers and long face’s in the Philadelphia lockerroom as I think several players started to realize their “Dream Team” will have to be near-perfect –probably needing to go 7-1 for a 10-6 record – to even have a shot at the playoffs.
The New York Giants lead the NFC East by 2-games of the Cowboys — 3 games over the Eagles — and you have to think after their big win inNew England, they are not looking back at anyone. So now it is “really” time for the Eagles to treat every game like a “Survivor” special and it all starts with the their Week 10 home match-up with the Arizona Cardinals (2-6). Eagles head coach Andy Reid said after the tough loss, “We need to keep getting better,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “We have to continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes.”
After the game, Taking It to the House Editor Lloyd Vance caught-up with Bears rookie receiver Dan Sazenbacher in Chicago’s jubilant lockeroom
Also here is the audio from Michael Vick’s after-game press conference
Vick Part 1:
Vick Part 2:
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