Bears Lead Eagles 14-3 After First Quarter

The Bears raced out to a 14-3 first quarter lead over the Eagles with a pair of Jay Cutler touchdown passes to Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox.

The Bears forced a quick three and out from the Eagles to open the game, 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.

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