Eagles-Bears: Close encounters

The Eagles and Bears sure have had some memorable meetings the past three seasons. Three games have been decided by a total of 11 points, and the signs point toward Sunday's game being another close one.

Here's a look at the last three meetings:


Week 7 - Oct. 21 (Bears, 19-16)

The setup: Struggles in the red-zone were a big reason the Eagles were a mediocre 2-3 heading into the Bears game. Chicago was coming off a Super Bowl season and was just 2-4.

What happened: Brian Griese hit Muhsin Muhammed with a 15-yard touchdown with just 14 seconds left as the Bears shocked the Eagles. Griese started the game-winning 97-yard drive with 1:57 left and no timeouts.

False hope: A play where the ball was snapped between the legs of Griese and picked up by the Eagles for an apparent touchdown was ruled a simple false start penalty on Chicago. Referee Ed Hochuli cited the obscure rule that when a quarterback is under center, he must touch the snap of the ball.

Our best headline: Ain't That A Bear?


Week 4 - Sept. 28 (Bears, 24-20)

The setup: The Eagles were in the midst of a dismal 2-12 run in primetime games, but were coming off a nice win over the Steelers. Donovan McNabb had a bruised chest, but played. Brian Westbrook (ankle) did not.

What happened: The Eagles mostly outplayed the Bears and still managed to lose. The Birds missed two field goals and scored just six points off four Chicago turnovers.

You blockhead: Late in the fourth quarter, Andy Reid sent three running plays straight up the middle from the 1-yard-line. The Bears stopped them all, including fourth down when tight end Matt Schobel wiffed on a block of Alex Brown, who stopped Correll Buckhalter.

Our best headline: Goal-Line Strand


Week 11 - Nov. 22 (Eagles, 24-20)

The setup: The Eagles were coming off consecutive losses to go to 5-4 and had lost seven Sunday night games in a row.

What happened: Donovan McNabb punctuated his must-win edict from earlier in the week with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, capped by LeSean McCoy's 10-yard touchdown run. The 24-20 victory started a six-game winning streak that didn't end until a trip to Dallas in the regular-season finale.

Sign of life: The first significant play of Michael Vick's Eagles career came on a 34-yard run during a first-quarter drive that ended with a field goal.

Our best headline: The Plot Vickens - There's still time to see if adding Vick was worth it.




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