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The Chicago Bears hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in the most thrilling Wild Card matchup of the weekend. Nick Foles led the Eagles down the field, scoring a touchdown and giving Mitch Trubisky just 56 seconds. Chicago was able to get into kicking range, but Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43 yard game-winning kick in the last seconds of the game, giving Philly the 16-16 win, here’s how it happened.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with both offenses unable to get into a rythme. The Bears had the more effective special teams, and were able to pin them at the 1 and at the 7 in the first quarter. On top of this, Chicago also forced Philly into making mistakes, picking of Nick Foles twice before halftime. Neither team was able to find the endzone in the first half, but the Bears were able to get something out of the interceptions, and went into halftime up 6-3.
Despite the turnovers, the Eagles had moments in the first half in which their offense was effective. In the second half, Nick Foles was able to move the ball more efficiently in his second half, and took his offense down the field, tossing a TD on his first drive of the third quarter to cap a seven play, 83 yard drive, making it 10-9.
Defenses dominated until mid-fourth quarter, when Trubisky and Foles dialed in. Trubisky worked the out-and-up route twice in one possession, eventually finding Allen Robinson for the go ahead score. Nick Foles was able to counter, leading a nearly flawless 12 play, 60 yard drive, capped off with a touchdown strike to Golden Tate on fourth and goal. After a two point conversion failed for the Eagles, the score was 16-15, Philly up, with just 56 seconds on the clock.
Trubisky was able to put Chicago in field goal range with some sloppy Eagles special teams and downfield throws. Bears kicker Cody Parkey was not able to capitalize on the 43 yarder that would have given the Bears the lead with just seconds left, and the Eagles beat the Bears in Chicago, 16-15.
In the end, the magic of NIck Foles shined through, yet again. Nick Foles has only started more than 10 games in a season once in his career. The things that Foles is doing is amazing, really. The finale of this season was magical enough, but now Foles has collected another post season win, and his winning ways continue. The matchup Philly has with New Orleans becomes very fun with the run that Nick Foles is currently on.