Bring on the Cowboys!
Even though the Eagles couldn't clinch the NFC East title on Sunday night, the Eagles got into the holiday spirit with a 54-11 rout of the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The chants of "We want Dallas!" erupted from the stands in the second half and will carry through the holiday week interspersed with carols.
The Eagles regained momentum following last week's 48-30 loss to Minnesota as they will prepare for next Sunday's winner-take-all showdown with the Dallas Cowboys to determine the NFC East champion. The Week 17 game has been moved to an 8:30 p.m. kickoff to be witnessed by the entire nation on Sunday Night Football. With the win over the Bears, the Eagles are now 9-6 and will be the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs if they can defeat Dallas. The Eagles have also ensured a winning season in Chip Kelly's first season as head coach with their fourth straight win at home.
The Eagles defense set the tone early as linebacker
The offense fed off the defense and scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions to race out to a 21-0 first quarter lead. Running back
Chicago's offense entered Sunday's game ranked second in the league averaging 29.0 points per game behind their wide receiver duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Bears mustered three points in the first half and didn't get in the end zone until the very end of the third quarter. Defensive end
Quarterback Jay Cutler was 20-of-35 for 222 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Jeffery and Marshall combined for 10 catches for 112 yards and their lone touchdown, but did not have an impact on the outcome of the game. Forte, who entered the game third in the league in rushing, had just 29 yards on nine carries.
Even special teams played a key role in the victory. Cornerback