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Read and React: Bears-Eagles

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Senior Writer Larry Mayer shares his insights and analysis from the press box as the Bears edged the Eagles 34-28 in their preseason opener.

Fourth Quarter:

Gould extends the lead

(10:35pm) - After the 2:00 warning, Robbie Gould comes on to kick a 25-yd field goal that gives the Bears a 34-28 lead. Those would be the last points scored in the game as the Bears hold on to defeat the Eagles by six on Friday night at Soldier Field.

Fales throws pick

(10:00pm) - On his first play of the game, rookie quarterback David Fales rainbowed a 41-yard completion to Josh Bellamy down the left sideline. But later on the drive Fales’ pass intended for Bellamy was intercepted by Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins at the Philadelphia 31.


Third Quarter:

Bears take 31-28 lead

(9:48pm) - Jimmy Clausen's 22-yard touchdown pass to Micheal Spurlock and two-point conversion toss to Dante Rosario gave the Bears a 31-28 lead with 1:29 left in the third quarter.

The TD capped a nine-play, 87-yard drive that came after the teams traded turnovers.

The Bears turned the ball over when Spurlock muffed a punt while colliding with teammate Michael Ford. But Chicago got the ball back on the very next play when cornerback Al Louis-Jean intercepted a Matt Barkley pass at the Chicago 13.

On the TD drive, Clausen completed 4 of 7 passes for 67 yards and picked up 16 yards on a scramble up the middle on third-and-six.

Bears climb to within 28-23

(9:33pm) - The Bears answered immediately after the Eagles touchdown as Jimmy Clausen connected with speedy receiver Chris Williams for a 73-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline.

Williams juggled the ball after beating defensive back Jaylen Watkins, racing to the end zone to cut the Philadelphia deficit to 28-23 with 6:04 left in the third quarter.

The Bears went for a two-point conversion, but Clausen’s pass was batted down.

Eagles widen margin

(9:27pm) - The Eagles increased their lead to 28-17 on Matt Barkley’s 14-yard touchdown pass to running back David Fluellen with 7:02 left in the third quarter.

Catching the Bears in a blitz on third-and-nine, Barkley flipped a screen pass to Fluellen, who picked up a block and spun away from a tackler at the goal line.

The TD capped a 12-play, 94-yard drive.

Bears cut deficit to 21-17

(9:17pm) - Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene scooped up a Matthew Tucker fumble and returned it 19 yards to the Philadelphia 10. It appeared that Tucker lost control of the ball after slipping to the ground.

The Bears converted the turnover into Robbie Gould’s 26-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 21-17 with 11:16 left in the second quarter.

They had to settle for the kick after center Dylan Gandy snapped the ball before Jimmy Clausen appeared to be ready for it, forcing Clausen to throw the ball away to avoid a sack.


Second Quarter:

Eagles take 21-14 lead

(8:37pm) - Bears tight end Zach Miller made a leaping 12-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Palmer, tying the score 14-14 with 1:07 left in the second period. It was Miller’s second TD catch of the game.

The score capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive highlighted by Palmer’s 24-yard pass to receiver Josh Morgan down the right sideline to the Philadelphia 16.

But the Eagles responded as Josh Huff returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a TD, giving Philadelphia a 21-14 lead with :54 left in the half.

Eagles take 14-7 lead

(8:20pm) - After the Bears went three-and-out, Matthew Tucker scored his second touchdown in less than four minutes, diving in from the 1 to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 5:50 left in the first half.

Tucker fueled the seven-play, 51-yard drive with a 15-yard reception and 24-yard run.

Eagles tie game 7-7

(8:09pm) - The Eagles tied the score 7-7 on running back Matthew Tucker’s 4-yard touchdown run up the middle with 9:38 left in the second quarter. The TD capped a four-play, 53-yard drive.

The score was set up by safety Nate Allen’s interception of a Jordan Palmer pass. Palmer was hit just as he threw deep to receiver Chris Williams. The ball fluttered to Allen, who returned the pick 14 yards to the Philadelphia 47.

Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez followed by completing passes of 34 and 18 yards to tight end Zach Ertz on back-to-back plays.


First Quarter:

Bears generate another takeaway

(7:50pm) - The Bears played takeaway again late in the first quarter as Sherrick McManis intercepted a Nick Foles pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz at the Chicago 23.

Foles threw 27 touchdowns with two interceptions all of last season and has matched that interception total on three possessions tonight.

Bears take 7-0 lead

(7:41pm) - Jay Cutler’s 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller gave the Bears a 7-0 lead with 3:18 left in the first quarter. Cutler fired a back-shoulder throw to Miller, who spun away from linebacker DeMeco Ryans and got two feet down just inside the back of the end zone.

The play was reviewed by referee Ron Torbert and the call on the field was confirmed.

Cutler completed 8 of 11 passes for 83 yards on the drive, including passes of 13 yards to receiver Brandon Marshall on third-and-11, 23 yards to tight end Dante Rosario on third-and-10 and 10 yards to Miller for the TD on third-and-seven.

Defense starts quickly

(7:20pm) - The Bears defense generated a takeaway on the game’s first possession Friday night as safety Ryan Mundy intercepted a Nick Foles pass and returned it 11 yards to the Eagles’ 24.

Foles was pressured into the errant throw by defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. Last season Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

The Bears failed to cash in the turnover, however, as Robbie Gould’s 41-yard field attempt was blocked by Eagles defensive lineman Damion Square.

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