Notebook

First Drives: Philadelphia scored on the opening drive of the game, a 34-yard field goal by David Akers, which marks only the second time in 17 games the Bears surrendered points on the opponent's first possession of the game.

Merritt Award: Bears wide receiver Ahmad Merritt, a member of the Bears practice squad for the first 14 games of the season, scored his first career touchdown on a 47-yard end around in the second quarter for the Bears first score of the game. Merritt entered the contest with two receptions for 20 yards and no rushes.

"It was a great call," said Merritt of offensive coordinator John Shoop's play call. "The line did a great job of blocking and it was just wide open. I couldn't help but score."

Pick Six: The Bears Jerry Azumah intercepted a Donovan McNabb pass and returned the pick 39 yards for a score, marking the 19th consecutive game the Bears defense has forced either a fumble or interception dating back to last season.

The Bears have recorded 38 take-aways (21 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries) this season and have scored 84 points off of turnovers while giving up only 47 on their own miscues. During the regular season, Chicago's turnover differential ranked third in the NFC at +13, trailing Tampa Bay's +17 and San Francisco's +15, and fourth in the NFL.

Defensive Scores: Jerry Azumah became the fifth Bears defender to score this season, joining Walt Harris (39 yard INT return for a score at Detroit), Brian Urlacher (90-yard fumble return at Atlanta), R.W. McQuarters (69-yard fumble return vs. Arizona) and Mike Brown (33-yard INT return vs. San Francisco and 16-yard INT return vs. Cleveland) in the scoring column. The defensive score was the Bears sixth of the season.

"I saw the end zone in front of me," Azumah said. "That's where I was trying to get to and I got there."

Bucking the trend: The Eagles win snaps a 12-game home win streak in the NFC Playoffs. Before to the contest, NFC home teams were 35-7 in the past nine years.

Lucky number 13?: The loss to the Eagles marks the first time this season Chicago was defeated when scoring 13 or more points. The Bears entered the game with a 13-0 record in 2001 when scoring at least 13 points. In the Bears' three regular season losses, Chicago average only 8.3 points per game (6 at Baltimore, 12 vs. Green Bay and 7 at Green Bay).


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