Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox is tackled after a reception by Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown (24) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (50) in the first quarter in Chicago Sunday.AP photo
CHICAGO — Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles found a way to pull out a close win. They also hurt the Chicago Bears in the process.
McNabb threw for 244 yards against his hometown team, LeSean McCoy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run following Antonio Dixon’s blocked field goal, and Philadelphia came away with a 24-20 victory over struggling Chicago on Sunday night after back-to-back close losses.
The Bears were leading 20-17 when Dixon blocked a 48-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 11 minutes left. McNabb then led the Eagles (6-4) on a 62-yard touchdown drive that McCoy capped with a neat 10-yard run, sending Chicago to its fifth loss in six games and delivering another big hit to its playoff hopes.
Barring a big run, the Bears (4-6) will miss the postseason for the third straight season — certainly not what they expected when they made that big offseason trade with Denver for Jay Cutler.
The Bears defense gave up 10 first-quarter points then shut down McNabb for nearly two quarters before his nicely thrown pass to Jackson lifted Philadelphia in the third quarter.
Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel suffered a stinger during the first half and did not start the second half, another blow for a team that was already short-handed.
Besides star running back Brian Westbrook, who’s out after suffering two recent concussions, the Eagles were missing starting weakside linebacker Akeem Jordan because of a knee injury.