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NFL: Eagles crush Bears 54-11

Published December 22, 2013 10:44 pm

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Philadelphia • Knowing they have everything to play for next week, the Philadelphia Eagles never let up against a team with plenty on the line.

Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles routed the Chicago Bears 54-11 on Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes.

Instead of resting his starters for a winner-take-all game at Dallas next Sunday night, Chip Kelly didn't pull them until they finished whipping the Bears.

"We're from Philadelphia and we fight," Kelly said. "If there's a game on, we're playing."

Chicago's loss sets up two win-or-go-home games for NFC division crowns next week.

The Bears (8-7) came in needing a win to clinch the NFC North and secure the No. 3 seed while Philadelphia was just trying to stay healthy. But the Eagles (9-6) played like the team trying to lock up a playoff berth.

Now, the Bears must tie or beat the Packers (7-7-1) at home next week to win the North.

"We knew what was at stake and the opportunity we had and we didn't get it done," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.

The Eagles (9-6) have to tie or beat the Cowboys (8-7) at Dallas next Sunday night to win the NFC East and complete a worst-to-first season under their rookie coach. Once Dallas rallied to beat Washington earlier in the day, the Eagles knew they were only playing for a No. 3 seed, that is, if they win the division.

Still, Kelly played all his guys.

"This is our job. They pay us to play ball," McCoy said. "The fans pay their hard-earned money to watch. As a player, we never think a game is meaningless."

Foles was 21-for-25 for 230 yards and set a franchise record with a completion percentage of 84.0. He was replaced by Michael Vick midway through the fourth quarter. By that time, fans were chanting: "We want Dallas!"

McCoy, trying to become the first Eagles player to lead the NFL in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949, ran for 133 yards and leads Kansas City's Jamaal Charles by 189 going into the last game. Eagles 54, Bears 11

Chicago 0 3 8 0 — 11

Philadelphia 21 3 9 21 — 54

First Quarter

Phi • Cooper 5 pass from Foles (Henery kick), 9:54.

Phi • McCoy 1 run (Henery kick), 7:44.

Phi • Celek 10 pass from Foles (Henery kick), 1:27.

Second Quarter

Phi • FG Henery 49, 1:07.

Chi • FG Gould 50, :00.

Third Quarter

Phi • Thornton safety, 9:52.

Phi • McCoy 1 run (Henery kick), 7:11.

Chi • Marshall 6 pass from Cutler (E.Bennett pass from Cutler), :00.

Fourth Quarter

Phi • Polk 10 run (Henery kick), 11:19.

Phi • Boykin 54 interception return (Henery kick), 8:00.

Phi • Brown 65 run (Henery kick), 6:14.

Attendance • 69,144.

Chi Phi

First downs 18 28

Total Net Yards 257 514

Rushes-yards 19-61 36-289

Passing 196 225

Punt Returns 0-0 2-2

Kickoff Returns 8-169 3-21

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-54

Comp-Att-Int 22-39-1 21-25-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-46 2-5

Punts 6-37.8 2-44.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 2-10 2-15

Time of Possession 29:40 30:20

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Chicago, Forte 9-29, Bush 7-20, Cutler 2-15, McCown 1-(minus 3). Philadelphia, McCoy 18-133, Brown 9-115, Foles 2-17, Jackson 2-12, Polk 2-12, Smith 1-2, Vick 2-(minus 2).

Passing • Chicago, Cutler 20-35-1-222, McCown 2-4-0-20. Philadelphia, Foles 21-25-0-230.

Receiving • Chicago, Jeffery 6-76, M.Bennett 5-85, Marshall 4-36, Forte 4-25, E.Bennett 2-12, Weems 1-8. Philadelphia, McCoy 6-29, Jackson 4-29, Celek 3-58, Cooper 3-53, Avant 3-26, Ertz 1-27, Polk 1-8.