A disastrous first half proved too much for the Bears to overcome in a 22-14 loss to the Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia converted a series of third downs on a 16-play, 69-yard drive that took over eight minutes to cement its win.
It’s difficult to overstate how poorly the Bears’ offense played to open this game. They recorded minus-10 yards combined on their first five drives and didn’t record a first down until the final minute of the second quarter.
Things got better in the second half with David Montgomery scoring a pair of touchdowns, but the Eagles’ ability to convert third downs after assembling a 19-0 lead was too much to get past.
That’s four straight losses for the Bears. Relive their Week 9 loss below.
Final score: Eagles 22, Bears 14
Eagles 22, Bears 14: Adam Shaheen muffs the kickoff and the Eagles recover. That’ll do it from Philly.
Eagles 22, Bears 14: The Eagles hit the field goal to go up eight points with 22 seconds to go. It would take a miracle to pull this off, and that would merely force overtime. That was a 16-play, 69-yard drive that took over eight minutes.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: With the clock milked down to 29 seconds, the Eagles call timeout to presumably set up a short field goal attempt for Jake Elliott.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: The Eagles, facing a key third-and-9, hit a wide open Dallas Goedert for 16 yards to move the chains. The Bears, meanwhile, used up all their timeouts stopping the clock in hopes of getting the ball back, so they’re in trouble now.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: The Eagles keep doing damage on third down, this time with Miles Sanders taking a short pass 15 yards for a first down.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: This time Alshon Jeffery outmuscles Eddie Jackson on third down for a big catch to keep the Eagles’ offense on the field.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: Three straight incomplete passes, including one on a dropped pass by David Montgomery, force the Bears to punt it away.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: David Montgomery goes up the middle for 17 yards, the Bears’ biggest run play of the afternoon.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: The Bears’ defense swarms Alshon Jeffery on a third-down pass over the middle to separate him from the ball to force a punt.
Eagles 19, Bears 14: TOUCHDOWN! David Montgomery finds his way into the end zone on second-and-goal after being stuffed on first down.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: Tarik Cohen goes outside to the left and falls backwards into the end zone while getting tackled, which is initially ruled a TD before review puts the ball near the Eagles’ 1.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: Mitch Trubisky suddenly looks more confident, hitting passes to Taylor Gabriel and David Montgomery that put the Bears into the red zone early in the fourth quarter.
Third quarter: Eagles 19, Bears 7
Eagles 19, Bears 7: After a good stop by the Bears’ defense, Mitch Trubisky goes deep on first down to Allen Robinson and the receiver almost comes down with it but the ball comes loose as he hits the ground.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: The Bears go back to their old ways with a three-and-out as Rasul Douglas tips away a third-down pass to Allen Robinson, who has one catch for six yards off four targets in the game.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: Tarik Cohen continues to make an impact on special teams with a 24-yard punt return to give the Bears the ball at the Eagles’ 37 to start their next drive. He entered Sunday leading the league in yards per punt return this season.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: The Bears force three straight incomplete passes from Carson Wentz to get the ball back.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: Carson Wentz successfully converts the QB sneak on third-and-1 to keep the Eagles’ offense on the field. They’re now 4-of-10 on third downs and 1-of-1 on fourth downs in the game.
Eagles 19, Bears 7: TOUCHDOWN! David Montgomery drives into the end zone on third-and-goal to complete a seven-play, 75-yard drive.
Eagles 19, Bears 0: The Bears goes back to Mitch Trubisky with the run play on first-and-goal from the Eagles’ 9 and he gets all the way to the 1-yard line before being spun down.
Eagles 19, Bears 0: Boom! There’s a huge play the Bears badly needed as Mitch Trubisky hits Taylor Gabriel with a bomb for 53 yards.
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Eagles 19, Bears 0: After a big pass to Zach Ertz combined with another penalty pushed the Eagles into the red zone, Jordan Howard plowed it in from 13 yards for the team’s second TD of the day.
Eagles 12, Bears 0: The Eagles are on the move into Bears’ territory on their first drive of the second half. They’ve now rushed for 100 yards off 19 carries in the game.
Halftime: Eagles 12, Bears 0
Eagles 12, Bears 0: The Eagles run out of time to try to do more damage, but they’re likely OK with how the first 30 minutes went.
Eagles 12, Bears 0: The Bears recorded TWO first downs!! Unfortunately they still had to punt the ball away with 34 seconds left in the first half after another falling to 0-for-6 on third downs.
Eagles 12, Bears 0: After a good defensive stop by the Bears’ defense, the offense ... well ...
Eagles 12, Bears 0: Another three-and-out. That’s 1 total yard off 12 plays so far for the Bears.
Eagles 12, Bears 0: The Carson Wentz-Zach Ertz connection hurts the Bears again with a 25-yard touchdown pass up the middle. Ertz is up to five catches for 72 yards. Jake Elliott missed the extra point, however, so the Eagles only add six points to their total ... not that it’ll matter if the Bears’ offense never shows up.
Eagles 6, Bears 0: After an Aaron Lynch penalty turns a 3rd-and-6 into a 3rd-and-1 for the Eagles, the Bears deliver a pair of stops. However, Nick Williams gets called for roughing the passer on fourth down, handing the Eagles another chance to keep moving. The Bears already have seven penalties for 51 yards.
Eagles 6, Bears 0: Another three-and-out for the Bears’ offense punctuated by a sack on third down. Rinse and repeat.
Eagles 6, Bears 0: Despite another drive lasting roughly seven minutes, the Eagles settle for another short field goal after the Bears’ defense holds firm in the red zone. It’s a good sign that they’ve bent without breaking, but the offense needs to stay on the field long enough for them to catch their breath.
First quarter: Eagles 3, Bears 0
Eagles 3, Bears 0: After a Bears timeout to prep for third-and-1, Carson Wentz hits an open Zach Ertz for another big gain.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: The Eagles’ offense is on the move again with another lengthy drive into Bears territory. Philadelphia has utterly dominated time of possession in the first quarter, which isn’t ideal for keeping the defense fresh all afternoon.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: Boston Scott gets called for running into the kicker on the punt, but the Bears decline it because they wouldn’t have gotten a first down anyway. Eagles will get the ball at the Bears’ 29.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: Another quick three-and-out for the Bears’ offense. They’ve lost 1 yard off six plays so far.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: Eddie Goldman makes a huge sack on third-and-goal to force the Eagles to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Jake Elliott after a 12-play, 70-yard drive.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: A holding call on the Eagles pushes them to first-and-20, but they follow up with a 19-yard pass to Miles Sanders followed by a 11-yard run by Sanders.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: The Eagles manage to eke their way to the Bears’ 25 thanks to a pair of stellar passes by Carson Wentz, including a fourth-down throw to Zach Ertz for 15 yards.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: Old friend Jordan Howard rushes for 12 yards on his first touch of the game. He had a huge hole up the middle for that run.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: The Bears start out in classic fashion – a three-and-out en route to a Pat O’Donnell punt.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer, so the Bears’ offense will get possession to open the game.
Before the game
The Bears meet the Eagles on Sunday afternoon under drastically different circumstances than the last time the teams met in January. That matchup came in the NFC Wild Card Game, a battle between two Super Bowl hopefuls and the scene of the “Double Doink.” This time around, they’re a combined 7-8 and fighting for their playoff lives.
This isn’t where either team expected to be entering a key Week 9 game. The Bears had dreams of another division title and a potential title run until reality crashed in over the first half of the season. The Eagles, similarly ambitious with a healthy Carson Wentz back under center, have instead stumbled to a .500 start behind a middling defense.
The stakes around this Week 9 matchup aren’t the same as a postseason game, but they’re high all the same. The Bears, entering on a three-game losing streak, can ill-afford for that to continue in a division that’s running away from them. They’re already last in a division featuring the 7-1 Packers and 6-2 Vikings.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are just a half-game behind the 4-3 Cowboys for the lead in an underwhelming NFC East. With Dallas set for a favorable matchup against the Giants on “Monday Night Football” this week, Philadelphia needs a victory to keep pace with the division leader.
Bears vs. Eagles, Week 9
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Live stream: FOX Sports Live