Bears reporter Matt Trowbridge grades the team's performance against the Eagles.
Passing offense, D-: Jay Cutler didn’t throw an interception until the final minute, but may have actually looked worse in this game than any other. He was inaccurate all night, missing back-to-back on would-be touchdowns of 27 yards to a wide-open Greg Olsen and Devin Hester in the first quarter. At other times, he rushed passes, and he got away with another red-zone mistake when he forced an incomplete goal-line pass to a triple-covered Olsen. Cutler finished 24 of 43 for 171 yards with a 63.2 passer rating.
Rushing offense, C-: Khalil Bell’s 72-yard run provided every yard of Chicago’s second field-goal drive, but Matt Forte again ran nowhere. Forte was held to 34 yards on 14 carries, the fifth time he has been held to less than 2.5 yards per carry.
Passing defense, C+: Zack Bowman jumped a slant route to make his team-leading fourth interception and Charles Tillman forced his fourth, fifth and sixth fumbles of the season, two of them after pass receptions. Donovan McNabb never looked sharp, but still completed 23 of 32 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and a 101.6 passer rating, highlighted by a 48-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson, who beat safety Al Afalava.
Rushing defense, C: LeSean McCoy’s 10-yard touchdown run gave the Eagles the lead with 5:31 to play. He also converted a third-and-1 rush from his own 28 to help the Eagles milk the clock. The Eagles finished with 157 yards on 30 carries.
Special teams, C+: Johnny Knox averaged 32.3 yards on three kickoff returns and Robbie Gould kicked four field goals, including kicks of 45 and 49 yards. But Gould also had a 47-yarder blocked, the Bears allowed a 53-yard punt return by DeSean Jackson and Brad Maynard netted only 36 yards on six punts.
Coaching, D: The Bears again played with little discipline, getting called for three holding penalties in the second quarter alone. And an illegal block in the back penalty on a punt forced the Bears to start their final drive at their own 21. Chicago also called its first timeout — with 25 seconds still on the clock — on fourth-and-1 from the 21 with 1:24 left in the first half, giving Philadelphia more time to score if the Bears had failed.
Overall, D-: The Eagles didn’t play their best game, and the Bears still let them escape with a win that destroyed any realistic playoff chances.