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January 06, 2019

Eagles move on to face Saints after another improbable win in Wild Card

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Golden Tate had his best game as an Eagle when it mattered most Sunday.

Nick. [Bleep]-ing. Foles.

The Eagles marched down the field to score a game-winning touchdown Sunday evening, continuing their Super Bowl defense in an entertaining 16-15 win in the NFL's Wild Card finale.

And then, inches away from seeing their season fall to pieces, their old friend Cody Parkey hit the upright (and the crossbar) on a potential game-winning field goal try.

Wow.

Philadelphia couldn't run the ball. They couldn't catch one of several interception opportunities. They blew a lead, made costly penalties, and surrendered two Foles' picks.

But somehow, some way, on a fourth down at the goalline with a minute to play, Foles threw yet another in a long list of unforgettable playoff touchdown passes and the Eagles' season continued.

As we try and catch our breath β€” and prepare for a rematch against the Saints in one week's time β€” lets recap an incredible game in Chicago.

Here's what happened:

The Eagles moved the ball pretty much at will on their first drive, but a negative run by Darren Sproles followed shortly after by a sack by Leonard Floyd. Luckily the Eagles drove deep enough in Chicago territory to take a 3-0 lead on a Jake Elliott kick.

Eagles 3, Bears 0

After the exchange of a few three-and-outs, the Eagles moved the ball from the shadow of their own goalpost to scoring position, thanks to this hurl from Foles under pressure.

And then this happened...

The defense bailed out the offense and held Parkey to a tying field goal.

Eagles 3, Bears 3

The next highlight involved Golden Tate. Yes, that's right, Foles somehow curved a deep ball to Tate who made an incredible diving gran for 28 yards. He would hobble out of the game but return the next drive.Β 

Lightning wouldn't strike twice though, as the next pass was unfurled it was picked off by Adrian Amos in the end zone ending yet another scoring chance.

After one of the most bizarre stretches to end a first half I can personally ever remember, an almost-Avonte Maddox interception was called back, a third down penalty gave the Bears new life, a ridiculous near-catch and fumble was ruled an incomplete pass and a sure interception in the end zone was dropped by Tre Sullivan β€” giving Parkey a second field goal to end the first 30 minutes.

Bears 6, Eagles 3 (Halftime)

The Eagles drove 83 yards in seven plays after getting a stop on defense, with the rookie Dallas Goedert snatching the first touchdown of the game sprinting wide open across the end zone.

Eagles 10, Bears 6

A blown coverage by Maddox, who bit on a double move, led to the Bears' biggest play of the game β€” a long pass and run to Allen Robinson that led to a field goal as the defense once again bent but did not break.Β 

Philly hung on to the lead as the fourth quarter continued.

Eagles 10, Bears 9

After getting the Bears into a tough third-and-11, the defense got sloppy, first allowing Trubisky to have time to convert the first down and a couple plays later go deep to Josh Bellamy. A play after that, the rookie hooked up with A-Rob to put the Bears ahead again as Maddox bit on the first move.

A two-point try failed.

Bears 15, Eagles 10

The Eagles failed to respond but forced a three and out, and thanks to a "shankopotomous" punt from Pat O'Donnell Philly started its drive near midfield and quickly drove into Bears territory β€” in part due to these hard fought YAC yards from Goedert.

At the goalline, the Eagles found themselves at the three-yardline with over a minute to play. Two unsuccessful run plays and an incomplete pass set up β€” what else β€” a fourth and goal for the defending champs.

Tate became the hero, as Foles rolled right and tossed a sidearm pass to the veteran wideout for the game-winning touchdown.

An attempted lunge forward by Wendell Smallwood on a two-point try was deemed just barely unsuccessful.

Eagles 16, Bears 15

Chicago got the ball with one timeout left and just under a minute to play and went deep to Robinson again, who got the Bears nearly instantly in field goal range.

And then for the fifth time in recent weeks, Parkey hit the upright. And the season continued.

"We were just hoping for a miss," Foles said after the game.

What a miss it was.

The Eagles and Saints will face off next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on FOX.


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