November 28 Philadelphia Inquirer:
CHICAGO – This loss unfolded in eerily familiar fashion.
With the Eagles poised for a big score, a costly turnover reversed momentum, and they couldn’t recover. Michael Vick threw his first interception of the season, committing the Eagles‘ second red-zone turnover of the year. Much like the first one – against Tennessee on Oct. 24 – the turnover tilted the game away from Andy Reid’s team. And for the first time since that Titans game, the Eagles lost, falling to the Chicago Bears, 31-26, on Sunday.
in the second quarter was tipped and picked off by Chris Harris, who returned the ball 39 yards.
“That interception was just deflating to us as a team,” Vick said. It came with the Eagles trailing by one but with the ball on the Bears’ 4-yard line and the Birds in position for a go-ahead touchdown or field goal.
“The turning point in the game was the turnover,” Vick said. “We make that play, and I think it’s a different ball game.”
Indeed, the Bears took the ball and drove 63 yards for a touchdown, extending their lead to eight points. They opened the second half with a quick touchdown and a field goal at the end of a 10-minute, 5-second drive to take a commanding 31-13 lead.
“You can’t have a team of that caliber with their back to the wall and have an interception take place, have missed protection, and so on,” Reid said. “You can’t do that and expect to come out on top.”
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak – all coming after the Tennessee game – and cost the Eagles their one-game division lead over the Giants. They both stand at 7-4 atop the NFC East, though the Eagles hold the tiebreaker. Reid’s team will have to make a rapid recovery; it hosts the Houston Texans Thursday night.
After the game, a dejected DeSean Jackson sat with his head in his hands, barely moving at first, then, with his headphones on, talked animatedly with Maclin and LeSean McCoy. He didn’t speak with reporters.
Jackson had two catches for 26 yards as the Bears limited the Eagles‘ receivers with safeties playing deep and an athletic front four applying steady pressure on Vick. Much as the Giants did, the Bears’ linemen hit and harassed Vick while maintaining the discipline to shut down his running lanes. They sacked him four times, and defensive tackle Tommie Harris was in Vick’s face to tip the pass on the critical interception. None of the Eagles‘ big weapons got loose. Maclin had four catches for 47 yards, and McCoy rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries. He added eight catches for 67 yards.
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