Chicago – Still doubting the Chicago Bears?
Jay Cutler tied a career high with four touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears beat Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-26, to take sole possession of the NFC North lead on Sunday.
The win was their fourth straight and put them a game ahead of Green Bay.
The Eagles (7-4) had won three straight, but they were unable to break off big plays against one of the league’s stingiest defenses and fell into a tie with the New York Giants for the NFC East lead.
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Vick threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw his first interception in four years when he got picked off by Chris Harris in the end zone late in the first half, stopping a potential go-ahead scoring drive.
Julius Peppers had a sack for Chicago (8-3) after collecting three the previous week, and the Bears got that signature win after beating struggling teams like Buffalo, Minnesota and the injury-ravaged Dolphins.
Matt Forte ran for 117 yards – the most by anyone against Philadelphia this season. That included a 61-yarder to set up the first touchdown. And when he wasn’t running past the Eagles, Cutler was picking them apart.
He had a 146.2 passer rating for the game, going 14 of 21 for 247 yards without an interception. Devin Hester caught three passes for 86 yards.