Game Review: Bears-Eagles

Chicago - Coming into the season, the Bears offense was going to be a work in progress even with Rex Grossman behind center. <P> However, the process took a step back in a 19-9 loss to the Eagles.

The unit not only took a step back in a 19-9 loss to the Eagles, it went back to the Stone Age.

With Jonathan Quinn at the helm, the offense produced nine points. They had six three and outs, including four on the opening six possessions.

In his first start since Nov. 18, 2001, Quinn consistently missed his intended targets. He completed 26-of-43 passes for 215 yards, for an average of 5.0 yards per attempts. Most of his yards came at the end of each half, when the Eagles were playing soft defense to keep the clock running.

"Obviously the end result was not good. You always want to win" Quinn said. "I missed some passes I should have hit early (I was) a little rusty."

Without the threat of the passing game, Thomas Jones had his worst game as a Bear. He carried the ball 13 times for 32 yards.

"A lot is going to be said about Jonathan Quinn and how he played in the game. We really felt like we had to run the football and run it well. We weren't able to do that," said head coach Lovie Smith.

The defense did their best to keep the Bears in the game. Philadelphia moved the ball throughout the day, but was able to reach the end zone on just one occasion. Four David Akers field goals proved to be more than enough for the Eagles to remain undefeated and drop the Bears to 1-3.

"On the defensive side of the football, we kept them out of the end zone, which is good. They had the ball too long and we weren't able to get as many turnovers," Smith said.

In the first half the Eagles had the ball for 21:34 and out gained the Bears 231 yards to 81.

Despite being dominated in the opening half, the Bears would have been in position to win the game if not for a muffed punt. Nathan Vasher bumped into R.W. McQuarters as he tried to sustain a block. The collision took McQuarters off course as he tried to signal for a fair catch and the ball hit him and bounced away. Dhani Jones recovered the ball at the Chicago 47.

"I think it was probably just a miscommunication," Vasher said. "It was a shorter punt and with me running down I was getting pressed a little bit by the gunner and R.W. was running forward and ended up colliding with me."

After settling for two David Akers field goals, the Eagles took advantage of the miscue and zipped down the field in four plays. An unnecessary roughness call against Adewale Ogunleye put Philly inside the red zone. On the following play, Donovan McNabb hit Terrell Owens for an 11-yard touchdown.

Vasher made his first career start at cornerback and interception. However, the rookie was also beat for the Owens touchdown that gave the Eagles a 13-0 lead with six minutes left in the second quarter.

On the following possession, Owens beat the secondary again. This time a 44-yard pass setup Akers third field goal of the half, which extended the Philadelphia lead to 16-0.

McNabb finished the day 24-of-38 for 237 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Owens beat the secondary again, this time a 44-yard pass setup Akers third field goal of the half, which extended the Philadelphia lead to 16-0.

Before a 12-play drive to end the half, the Eagles ran 38 plays to 13 for the Bears. Without a huddle, Quinn found a rhythm completing five straight at one point, but three consecutive incompletions from the 7-yard line forced the Bears to go a field goal. A 25-yard field goal by Paul Edinger got the Bears on the board at 16-3.

Philadelphia was unable to put the game away in the third quarter, but did add another Akers field goal.

The only score in the third quarter was Akers' third field goal.

The last stand came when Akers missed a 39-yard attempt wide right midway through the fourth quarter. The Bears went on an 11-play drive for 70-yard drive that cut the lead to 19-9, but a failed two-point conversion attempt left it a two-possession game with 3:57 left on the clock.

Although Ike Reese recovered an onside kick attempt, Akers went wide right again following the two-minute warning.

With no timeouts and trailing by ten points, Quinn desperately tried to move the ball forward. A 27-yard pass to David Terrell put the Bears in field goal range with 1:33 on the clock. Despite needing two scores the Bears continued to try to reach the end zone. The game ended with two sacks on the final six plays, as Quinn looked downfield for a receiver. In fact, Quinn was sacked on another occasion, but the play was nullified because of a motion penalty.

"We had some mental errors and some missed assignments," Jones said.

The Bears head into the bye week 1-3 and tied with the Green Bay Packers for last place in the NFC North.


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