Matt Forte was standing on the sideline after losing two fumbles and Chicago faced a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
No problem for Jay Cutler and these resilient Bears.
Cutler threw a go-ahead 5-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett, Forte ran for 133 yards and the Bears rallied to beat the Eagles, 30-24, in Philadelphia on Monday night.
“We stayed focused and recovered, “ Forte said. “We tried not to worry about the past, and just focus on the next play. For us, that is the key.”
It was a crushing loss for Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-5), who blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time this season. Jeremy Maclin fell down and was tackled at the Chicago 30 after a 9-yard catch on fourth-and-10 with just under two minutes left, and the Bears ran out the clock.
The defending NFC East champions trail the New York Giants (6-2) by three games.
“We need to keep getting better,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “We have to continue to work hard and learn from our mistakes.”
Chicago (5-3) won its third consecutive game, but remains third in the NFC North behind Green Bay (8-0) and Detroit (6-2). The Bears entered as an eight-point underdog despite coming off a bye.
Vick was 21-for-38 for 213 yards and one interception. He fell to 0-4 as a starter against the Bears.
Cutler was 18-for-32 for 208 yards and two touchdownss. Vick finished 21-for-38 for 213 yards and one interception.
VICK LOW IN POLL
Vick has come all the way back from prison to star in the NFL again. But he apparently still won’t win a popularity contest among the league’s fans.
Forbes.com reported that Vick is the NFL’s most disliked player, according to a poll by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research. Forbes.com reports that 60 percent of those polled picked said they “dislike,” “dislike somewhat,” or “dislike a lot” the Philadelphia quarterback.
Second on the list was New York Jets receiver Plaxico Burress at 56 percent, who also has returned from a prison stay, followed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was accused of sexual assault last year but wasn’t charged.
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is done for the season after tearing his right biceps during Sunday’s loss New Orleans. … Rams wide receiver Greg Salas was also lost for the season after he broke his legwhen a tackler rolled on him during an overtime loss at Arizona. … Cowboys starting wide receiver Miles Austin could miss 2-4 weeks with an injured right hamstring suffered in Sunday’s victory over the Seahawks. … Browns running back Peyton Hillis will not play in Cleveland’s upcoming game against St. Louis, the fourth consecutive game the beleaguered running back has missed since straining his left hamstring. … Colts tight ends Dallas Clark (leg) and Brody Eldridge (hand) are expected to miss more than a week with what was called “significant” injuries by coach Jim Caldwell. ... Billls coach Chan Gailey described the right shoulder injury to Rian Lindell, a former Washington State and Seahawks kicker, as “not good.”