I did not have the time nor the clarity to get anything written about this game beforehand. My instinct was screaming beware the Eagles, once in January they turn into a monster. But at the same time, I also saw the general applause the Bears were collecting, let alone what their great defense could do to Foles’ broken rib.
So I started watching the game with the feeling of “let’s see what happens” as I had confusing expectations of this game.
During the first half we saw a very capable Eagles team that was actually wasting the opportunity to translate their very mild edge over the game on the scoreboard. On the Bears side we saw a struggling offense (more consequence of a great Eagles defense than anything else) and a defense that adjusted from the initial Eagle drive and shut down the visitor team for the remainder of the 1st half. Foles was battling the suffocating Bears pressure in a correct and safe way, for the most part. But that endzone pick was a silly mistake that could have cost a lot to the Eagles, as just 3 points seemed a whole lot in this game.
Despite the heart-breaking defeat I liked the Bears. Trubiski answered with the best of his game during the second half, after very quiet two initial quarters. Had the Bears faced any of the other two NFC wild card teams, they’d be walking into the Divisional Round by now, but the Eagles were a poisoned cup of wine. If I were the Bears I would not make such a big drama of this loss, and just would keep working and reinforcing the team during the off-season. They need to keep Vic Fangio leading that extraordinary defense, that is Nagy’s biggest responsibility over the summer. Besides that, maybe some more offensive gun powder would be welcome, but as weeks will pass Bears fan, players and managers will feel better about themselves. Even about their kicker, for whom the camera angle where we can see how the kick was tipped will be extremely relieving !