The Eagles are now 1-0 in “must win” games this season.
Led by DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, the Eagles finished on top of a seesaw battle in Chicago Sunday night, winning 24-20. Jackson popped a 48-yard touchdown catch, which is amazingly the shortest of his seven scores this year. McCoy rushed for 99 yards and the game-winning touchdown with five and a half minutes remaining.
Philadelphia’s pass defense looked vulnerable for most of the night, but Jay Cutler repeatedly overthrew receivers streaking through the Eagles secondary. After last week’s meltdown, Cutler appeared to play too cautiously.
He saved his only interception of the game for Chicago’s final drive of the night. The Bears took over with just under two minutes to go, with Cutler getting a chance to engineer a potential game-winning touchdown. He didn’t get close, only advancing the ball to the Chicago 37-yard-line before Sean Jones picked him off.
Cutler finished with 43 attempts for only 171 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one long pep talk from McNabb after the game. McNabb was mostly sharp Sunday night.
The Bears playoff hopes have been extinguished at 4-6; this isn’t a squad capable of going on a long winning streak.
The Eagles are tied at 6-4 with the Packers and Giants in the NFC wild card race. The Cowboys hold a one game lead in the NFC East. The top three teams in the division play a round robin against each other down the stretch.
In other words, there are a lot of “must win” games to go.
UPDATE: Here are the highlights from Sunday night’s game.