The Bears came into Philadelphia needing a win to keep pace not only with Green Bay, but also with Detroit who have a 6-2 record and a win over Chicago already this season. From the first drive of the game, the Bears looked prepared for a battle. The offense drove the ball down the field, with a couple of long runs by Forte, who has been tremendous all season long, and it was capped off by a touchdown pass from Cutler to Spaeth to take an early 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter the Eagles were driving, until Vick threw an ill-advised pass directly at Bears safety Major Wright who intercepted the pass and set up Chicago with a Robbie Gould field goal. The Bears defense played extremely well all night against an explosive Philadelphia offense, even with Forte turning the ball over twice on two fumbles. One of those fumbles coming late in the second quarter which was picked up at the twenty and returned for an Eagles touchdown to tie the game at 10.
On the ensuing drive the Bears were forced to punt, which was fumbled by DeSean Jackson on the Eagles own 10 yard line. Chicago was able to punch it in on a Marion Barber run, giving the Bears a 17-10 lead right before the end of the half.
Philly opened up the second half driving down the field and converting on a crucial 4th and inches, and eventually scored on a Ronnie Brown run, tying the game at 17. Chicago’s following drive had Matt Forte fumble for a second time, which was also recovered by the Eagles, leading to a 33 yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy giving Philly a 24-17 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter Cutler was driving down the field and found Earl Bennett, who had a big day in his return catching 5 balls for 95 yards, in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a 27-24 lead.
The Eagles got the ball back, and were forced to punt once again, however it was a fake and the punter Chas Henry threw a terrible pass for an incompletion, giving Chicago a short field. The Bears tacked on another field goal, and were able to stop the Eagles on their final drive, sealing the victory.
Chicago (5-3) will have a chance to avenge a loss to the Lions next week and to improve their record for the wild card race.