The Philadelphia Eagles just can't catch a break, they also can't seem to close out a game as their 30-24 loss to the Chicago Bears was their fourth loss this season where Philly had the lead in the 4th quarter. Chicago, however, seems to be clicking at just the right time, winning their third straight, and improving to 5-3 for the season.
Chicago has known it's fair share of losing when falling behind early so the key for them on Monday night was getting out of the gate early and grabbing an early lead. They accomplished that with a quick score in the first quarter followed by 10 more points in the 2nd to go up 17-10 by halftime. The Eagles recovered quickly in the third quarter, perhaps sensing that their season was on the line, and outscored the Bears 14-3 in the period to go up 24-10 heading into the fourth.
From there on out, though, it was a stingy Bears defense combined with an offense that generated 10 points in the final quarter that decided the game.
"We cannot afford to fall behind against anyone in this league, so we needed a good start," said Forte, who had 2 fumbles on the night and previously went 374 touches without losing one.
"We had that, and even with that fast start, we still fell behind against that team. But we stayed focused and recovered. We tried not to worry about the past, and just focus on the next play. For us, that is the key."
Philadelphia had their chance late in the game. Down by only 6 with around 2 minutes left, the Eagles got the ball back with a chance to produce a game winning drive. But, as has happened all season, they came up just short as on a 4th and 10, Jeremy Maclin made a 9 yard reception, fell down, and was tackled. That gave the ball back to the Bears who just had to do the victory formation, taking a knee, to end the game and keep from getting too far behind in the NFC North.
"We need to keep getting better," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We have to continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes."
While coach Reid's analysis of the situation is correct, the Eagles find themselves slowly running out of games to make a move in the NFC East. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-5 on the season and three games behind the surging Giants. They are also sitting behind the 4-4 Cowboys, though they beat them pretty handily last week. The good news for the Eagles is that New York is facing a tough stretch of games at the moment and that the Eagles still have to face them twice this season.
Anything can happen in the NFL, as this season is showing us pretty clearly, but if the Eagles are going to make some noise, they have better wipe away their tears and get down to business. They can't afford to lose any more winnable games if they expect to make the postseason.
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