The Bears’ season came to an end with a 16-15 loss to the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday evening. Philadelphia will face the Saints next week with a spot in the conference championship game on the line.
Cody Parkey missed an 43-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining to crush the Bears’ hopes after a last-minute drive set him up for a chance to get the win.
Mitch Trubisky completed 26 of 43 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown in the loss. He regularly targeted Allen Robinson, who caught 10 passes for 143 yards.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Bears in the end due to Parkey’s ongoing struggles. Here’s a look back at their first postseason game in eight years:
Final score: Eagles 16, Bears 15
Eagles 16, Bears 15: Double doink. Cody Parkey misses. Hm.
Eagles 16, Bears 15: Mitch Trubisky hits Allen Robinson with a stellar pass and suddenly the Bears have the ball at the Eagles’ 33. They’re already positioned to give Cody Parkey a chance at this.
Eagles 16, Bears 15: Tarik Cohen helps makes things even more interesting with a strong return on the kickoff all the way to the Eagles’ 42. The Bears have a relatively short field to set up Cody Parkey for a potential game-winner. No stress there.
Eagles 16, Bears 15: On fourth-and-goal, the Eagles finally score the go-ahead touchdown with Golden Tate beating Sherrick McManus to the ball. The Bears’ defense almost delivered the big stop but fell just short, so now it’ll be on the offense with less than a minute and one timeout remaining. If there’s any solace, they stopped the two-point conversion so a field goal wins for the Bears.
Bears 15, Eagles 10: Alshon Jeffery makes the catch on third down to move the Eagles inside the Bears’ 5. This is getting stressful.
Bears 15, Eagles 10: We’ve hit the two-minute warning with the Eagles looking at second-and-9 at the Bears’ 13. This drive may make or break the game.
Bears 15, Eagles 10: The Eagles not only have the ball back but are driving into Bears territory after a couple of big passes to Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert.
Bears 15, Eagles 10: Another three-and-out by the Eagles’ offense means the Bears have a chance to add to their lead here.
Bears 15, Eagles 10: TOUCHDOWN!! Mitch Trubisky hits a wide open Allen Robinson for the touchdown to take the lead. The Eagles got busted for a defensive pass interference call on the play but it was obviously turned down.
The Bears also failed a two-point conversion attempt to push the lead to a touchdown, so they’ll settle for being up five.
Eagles 10, Bears 9: A huge pass downfield to Josh Bellamy sets the Bears up at the Eagles’ 22.
Eagles 10, Bears 9: The Bears’ defense delivers a three-and-out to get the ball right back to the offense with a chance to take the lead.
Eagles 10, Bears 9: After the drive stalls out, the Bears settle for another field goal from Cody Parkey, who is now 3-of-3 in the contest. The kicking hasn’t been the problem so far.
Third quarter: Eagles 10, Bears 6
Eagles 10, Bears 6: There’s the big play the Bears’ offense needed! Allen Robinson goes for 45 yards on his seventh catch of the game to push the Bears right near the red zone.
Eagles 10, Bears 6: Adam Shaheen gets taken down short of the first down line so the Bears are forced to punt it off. The offense is going to need to make something happen at some point.
Eagles 10, Bears 6: Nick Foles finds Dallas Goedert over the middle for the first touchdown of the game. Penalties aided the Eagles heavily on that seven-play, 83-yard drive.
Bears 6, Eagles 3: After committing zero penalties in the first half, the Bears have now committed three on this drive. Prince Amukamura’s pass interference penalty gives the Eagles first-and-goal with a chance to take the lead.
Bears 6, Eagles 3: After the Eagles get the ball back, Adrian Amos makes an ill-advised late hit on third down on a defenseless Zach Ertz that moves the chains.
Bears 6, Eagles 3: The Bears are near Eagles’ territory on the opening drive of the second half after a successful reverse run from Taylor Gabriel and a strong run up the middle from Jordan Howard. The Bears are up to 56 rushing yards on 13 carries, well above the 28 yards totaled on the same number of carries by Philadelphia.
Halftime: Bears 6, Eagles 3
Bears 6, Eagles 3: After a lot of commotion near the end of the half, Cody Parkey hits a 29-yarder to give the Bears the lead at the break.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: In a very weird situation, Anthony Miller fumbles after a big catch downfield, but the play is ruled incomplete and held up after review despite it being apparent Miller caught the ball then lost possession. The broadcasters are openly flummoxed by that situation.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: A puzzling decision to hand off to Benny Cunningham on third-and-3 is bailed out when Nigel Bradham commits a hand to the face penalty to give the Bears a first down. Cunningham and Taquan Mizzell each have as many carries as Tarik Cohen in this game, for some reason.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: Avonte Maddox nearly picks off Mitch Trubisky but he’s unable to get both feet down before stumbling out of bounds.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: INTERCEPTION! Nick Foles makes an ill-advised throw into the end zone and Adrian Amos jumps up for it to prevent the Eagles from taking the lead.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: Golden Tate makes a huge catch for 28 yards on third down to move the Eagles up to the Bears’ 22. The trade acquisition from the Lions took a huge shot from Adrian Amos but held onto the ball.
Bears 3, Eagles 3: The Bears settle for a 36-yard field goal from Cody Parkey, who elicits a nice cheer from the crowd after hitting, but there’s some concern over Mitch Trubisky hobbling off the field. He went to the medical tent to be checked on and hopefully won’t have to miss any time.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: A personal foul call on Michael Bennett gives the Bears’ offense new life, then Mitch Trubisky hits Tarik Cohen with a perfect pass for 19 yards to push the team into field goal territory. They’re cooking for the first time in this one.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: INTERCEPTION! Roquan Smith comes up with the big play over the middle of the field to get the Bears’ first takeaway of the contest. No touchdown because he was down by contact upon catching the ball, but it’s still a welcomed swing for Chicago.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: Alshon Jeffery keeps doing damage, this time finding a ton of space for his third catch of the game. He’s already up to 55 receiving yards against his former team.
First quarter: Eagles 3, Bears 0
Eagles 3, Bears 0: Another good bit of punt coverage by the Bears’ special teams to pin the Eagles inside their own 10, which is the good news considering their offense hasn’t been able to do much so far.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: After a stellar punt by Pat O’Donnell pinned the Eagles, the defense shuts them down three times in a row for a three-and-out.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: The Bears’ opening drive runs out of steam after a pair of first downs pushed them near midfield. Mitch Trubisky threw a risky pass to the outside on third down that would’ve been a definite pick-six had the cornerback gotten to the ball in time.
Eagles 3, Bears 0: A Leonard Floyd sack on third down puts an end to the Eagles’ drive, forcing them to settle for a 43-yard field goal from Jake Elliott.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: The Eagles have already pushed the ball near the red zone on their first drive after a third-down pass over the middle to Alshon Jeffery moved the chains.
It’s also worth noting that Deon Bush started at free safety for the Bears, so Eddie Jackson (listed as active) didn’t open the game on the field. It’s unclear how much he’ll play today after missing the past two games due to injury.
Bears 0, Eagles 0: The Bears will open the game on defense after winning the coin toss and electing to defer. Get ready to hear the Bear Raid Siren, folks.
Before the game
The Bears’ quest to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Chicago for the first time in over 30 years starts Sunday with an NFC Wild Card Game matchup against the Eagles. Expect a raucous scene at Soldier Field for much of the afternoon as the city hosts its first NFL postseason game since 2011.
The first season under head coach Matt Nagy has been so successful that Super Bowl ambitions no longer seem unreasonable. The acquisition of Khalil Mack prior to the season lit a fire under one of the league’s best defenses and Nagy’s creative play calling has allowed the offense to progress enough to make the team competitive every week.
The Eagles have one advantage over these Bears, however, and that’s their past playoff experience from last year’s championship run. Postseason football can be a whole different ballgame than what goes on in the regular season. Will the Bears be up to task after their impressive 12-4 campaign? The Eagles likely won’t be an easy out after winning five of their final six games to slip into the last playoff spot in the NFC.
Here’s how to tune into the Bears’ 2019 playoff opener. This post will be updated regularly throughout the game with results, highlights and more.
How to watch Bears vs. Eagles, 2019 NFL Playoffs
Time: 3:40 p.m. CT
Live stream: NBC Sports Live