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Michael Vick was frustrated after a 21-16 loss to the Packers saw him go 20-36 for 292 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Vick ran eight times for 33 yards and a TD.

Bears Cutting Up Eagles, 31-13 After Three Quarters

The Eagles defense is struggling to find any answers for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, and the Bears lead 31-13 after three quarters. Cutler is 13-of-18 for 213 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Forte has run for 114 yards on 10 carries.

To open the game, the Bears forced a quick three and out from the Eagles, stuffing a pair of runs before a third-down sack of Michael Vick.  Philadelphia’s defense had a similar start, with Trent Cole sacking Cutler on 3rd and 10 to force a punt that DeSean Jackson returned 35 yards to the 50-yardline.

The Eagles nearly had a 7-0 lead on a third down play when Brent Celek stayed in to block then released late on the back side of the play.  Michael Vick had him wide open going into the end zone, but overthrew the pass.  Philadelphia was forced to settle for a 3-0 lead on a 45-yard field goal by David Akers.

The Bears answered after a 61-yard run by Matt Forte, the longest against the Eagles defense this year, set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Earl Bennett to give the Bears a 7-3 lead.

After another punt by the Eagles, the Bears capitalized on a slip by Joselio Hnason, who fell down on a double move by Johnny Knox near the end zone. Cutler hit Knox with a 20-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears on top 14-3.

Philadelphia answered with a key 10-play, 65-yard drive spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.  Jason Avant had a critical third down conversion, making a leaping, fingertips grab on a 3rd and 3 pass for a 15-yard gain.  Vick threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to cap the drive and cut the Bears lead to 14-10.

The Bears couldn’t get much going on their next drive, with Brandon Graham notching his third sack of the season on third down.  Philadelphia moved the ball smoothly down the field once again, but stalled out inside the 10 yardline afer Vick was sacked on 3rd and goal from the 3-yardline.  Akers kicked a 36-yard field goal and cut the Bears lead to 14-13.

It looked as though the Eagles would take a lead into the half, as the Birds drove deep into Chicago territory late in the half.  A Vick pass was tipped and intercepted though, as Chris Harris was in the right place at the right time in the end zone.  Vick’s first interception since December 24, 2006 proved costly, as the Bears returned it to their own 37-yardline.  Seven plays later, Cutler hit Bennett for the second time in the game on a 6-yard strike to put the Bears up 21-13 going into the half.

Jay Cutler was right back at it in the third quarter, hitting Greg Olsen for a 9-yard touchdown to put the Bears up 28-13 after the opening drive, set up by a 46 yard kick return by Hester out to the Chicago 46-yardline.  The Eagles went three and out and the Bears used up 10:05 while driving 83 yards on 17 plays before Robbie Gould tacked on a 23-yard field goal towards to make it 31-13.

Vick is 17-of-26 for 189 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  The quarterback has run 5 times for 20 yards, but fumbled 4 times, with the Eagles recovering each. Cutler is 13-of-18 for 213 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

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