Bears routed, miss chance to win division
PHILADELPHIA – When kickoff arrived Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the Bears found themselves sitting on the doorstep of a golden opportunity. A wild afternoon around the league that included dramatic home losses by the Packers and Lions positioned the Bears to win the NFC North with a victory over the Eagles.
Adding to the equation, the Eagles had nothing to play for in the NFC East chase, with a Week 17 title showdown against the Cowboys already set, regardless of Sunday night's result.
One crisp performance on the road in prime time, and the Bears could have punched their ticket into January's playoff party.
Instead? They opened with their most inept quarter all season, falling into an early 21-0 ditch and never recovering as the Eagles piled on for a 54-11 thrashing.