The 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Chicago to take on the 12-4 Bears in the final Wild Card game Sunday afternoon. Both teams enter this contest as winners of 4 of their last 5 games including last week but The Eagles needed theirs while the Bears had already clinched. In a must win game the Eagles played great in their 24-0 road victory over the Washington Redskins. With the win, the Eagles earned the final Wild Card spot in the NFC. Nick Foles suffered a rib injury but practiced on Thursday and his status looks good for this game. The Bears could have rested their stars and took it easy against the Vikings but they didn’t as they easily defeated them on the road 24-10. Wide Receiver Anthony Miller was hurt on the first drive of the game and didn’t return. He did practice this week and Mitchell Trubisky should have all of his offensive weapons available.
The Eagles defense dominated the Redskins as they allowed them to gain just 89 yards of total offense. They shut the Redskins run game down completely as they gained just 21 yards on 12 carries. They had 1 interception and 4 sacks. For the year, they finished 23rd in the league by allowing their opponents to average 366.2 yards per game. Offensively, Nick Foles had complete control of the game as the Eagles controlled the ball for 43 minutes and 19 seconds. Foles completed 28 of 33 passes for 221 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Alshon Jeffrey who had 5 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. The team had success running the ball gaining 129 yards on 34 carries which is an average of 3.8 yards per rush. Foles has started the last 3 games for injured Carsen Wentz and has gone 3-0 and the tea has averaged over 29 points per game.
The Bears defense gave up just 164 yards of total offense to the Vikings. They did not force any turnovers but had 4 sacks and 7 tackles for losses. They allowed the Vikings to gain 63 rushing yards on 15 carries which is an average of 4.2 yards per run. The Bears defense finished first in the league this season with 17.7 points allowed per game. Offensively, The run game led the way as they gained 169 yards and scored 3 rushing touchdowns. Jordan Howard led the team with 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Mitchell Trubisky finished the game with a passer rating of 85.9 as he completed 18 of 26 passes for 163 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
The Bears will have home field advantage are favored by 6 points. They have gone 12-4 against the spread including 7-1 at home. The Eagles have gone 6-9-1 against the spread including 4-4 on the road. The Bears have not been to the playoffs since 2010 and the Eagles are the defending Super Bowl Champions. The fans at Soldier Field will be more than ready to help their team advance deeper into the playoffs.
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