Updating: Sheldon Brown (hamstring) played, as he’d said he would, running his regular-season consecutive games streak to 122, but Brown sat out long stretches of the first half. Replacement Dimitri Patterson took an illegal contact penalty that nullified a third-down stop. The second half began without the other starting corner, Asante Samuel, who aggravated his previous stinger.
Jay Cutler should have been picked off at least twice in the first half, but Quintin Mikell failed to break on the ball both times. Another forced pass bounced off Macho Harris’ hands.
The Bears converted a fourth-and-1 from the Birds’ 21 as the first half clock ran down, on the drive started by the Jackson fumble. They settled for a 28-yard field goal, making the score 10-9 at halftime.
Significant stop? Well, coming into the game, the Eagles were 5-0 when leading at the half, 0-4 when trailing.
The Eagles definitely missed Brian Westbrook. Rookie LeSean McCoy gained 33 yards on 7 first-half rushes, Leonard Weaver 5 on a couple, Eldra Buckley nothing on one attempt. Forty of the Birds’ 78 first-half rushing yards came from Vick and McNabb, McNabb scrambling 6 yards on his only carry.
Earlier: The first quarter just ended with the Bears driving but the Birds up, 10-0. Now, Jay Gould has hit a 45-yard field goal early in the second, and it's 10-3, after Jay Cutler missed open receivers twice for sure touchdowns on back-to-back plays.
The Eagles drove 9 plays, 68 yards for a 25-yard David Akers field goal, then drove 76 yards in 8 plays, aided by a couple Bears penalties, for their touchdown, on a really nice 13-yard inside screen to Jason Avant from Donovan McNabb. Avant looked Westbrookian as he darted up the seam.
Earlier: We can probably infer that Stacy Andrews did not impress the coaching staff last week, in his second start of the season. This week, with left tackle Jason Peters returning from an ankle sprain, Andrews is inactive for the first time.
He does not have an injury, at least not one the team has disclosed. He was warming up on the field 30 minutes ago.
The other inactives are as expected: running back P.J. Hill, RB Brian Westbrook, S Quintin Demps, LB Akeem Jordan, OL Mike McGlynn, WR Kevin Curtis and third QB Kevin Kolb.
Sheldon Brown said he would play despite last week's hamstring strain that had him listed as questionable, and he was right. Jordan's deactivation (knee) probably means lots of Joe Mays in the middle tonight.
Stay tuned for more.