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McCoy's 33-yard TD run helps Eagles take 24-20 lead over Bears after three quarters
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' LeSean McCoy's 33-yard touchdown run after Matt Forte's second fumble helped the Philadelphia Eagles take a 24-20 lead over the Chicago Bears after three quarters on Monday night.
Trent Cole knocked the ball loose from Forte following a 6-yard run midway through the third quarter, and Mike Patterson recovered at the Bears 41. Forte was originally ruled down, but the play was overturned when the Eagles challenged.
Two plays later, McCoy sprinted down the left side and into the end zone to score for the eighth straight game, tying Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren's club record.
Forte was stripped by Brian Rolle late in the second quarter. Rolle returned the fumble 22 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 10.
In a matchup featuring two of the game's best running backs, McCoy had the advantage. He ran for 75 yards. Forte had 96 yards rushing, but two costly turnovers.
Robbie Gould's 38-yard field goal got Chicago within 24-20 in the final minute of the third quarter.
The Eagles tied it at 17 on Ronnie Brown's 4-yard TD run that capped an 80-yard second-half opening drive. The Eagles converted two third downs and a fourth-and-inches during the 15-play drive.
The TD was Brown's first since joining the Eagles. Brown was one of six former Pro Bowl players acquired by Philadelphia in the offseason. He hadn't made much of a contribution and was traded to Detroit last month only to have the deal voided because Jerome Harrison didn't pass a physical.
The Bears took a 17-10 halftime lead on Marion Barber's 2-yard TD run after a costly fumble by DeSean Jackson.
Jackson, a Pro Bowl punt returner, was stripped by Corey Graham and the Bears recovered at the Eagles 9 with a minute left in the second quarter.
A roughing-the-passer penalty on Jason Babin gave Chicago a first down at the Eagles 2 after Jay Cutler threw an incomplete pass on third down. Barber then ran in from the 2.
Cutler threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Matt Spaeth and Gould kicked a 51-yard field goal to help the Bears build an early 10-0 advantage.
Rookie Alex Henery kicked a career-high 47-yard field goal for the Eagles, and the defense made a big play on Chicago's ensuing series.
Forte caught a short pass from Cutler, but Rolle punched the ball out. He picked it up and ran untouched into the end zone, avoiding Cutler on his way in.
The Bears took the opening kickoff and drove 79 yards on 12 plays, capped by Cutler's TD toss to Spaeth. Forte had 52 yards rushing on the drive, and the Bears got 60 of the 79 yards on the ground.
After struggling badly against the run the first five weeks, the Eagles improved in the past two games. They allowed just 127 yards rushing combined in wins against Washington and Dallas.
Vick, seeking his first win as a starter in four tries against the Bears, had a rough first half. He was 8 of 15 for 84 yards and threw an interception in the red zone. Vick had just 8 yards rushing.
McCoy, who had a career-best 185 yards rushing against Dallas last week, was 25 yards short of his fifth 100-yard game going into the fourth.
Helped by a pass interference call on Major Wright that kept their second drive going, the Eagles reached the Bears 19 early in the second quarter. But Vick made a poor throw into double coverage that was picked by Wright, who returned it 36 yards to the Bears 48.
That set up Gould's field goal. Cutler threw a 26-yard pass to Earl Bennett on third-and-16 to the Eagles 32.
Vick connected with Jeremy Maclin for 31 yards to the Bears 40 on third-and-9. The drive stalled and Henery made his first field goal from beyond 38 yards.
Philadelphia safety Nate Allen left the game after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter.
The Eagles are trying to even their record with their third straight win after an awful 1-4 start threatened to ruin a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations.
Coming off a bye, the Bears (4-3) are seeking their third straight win.
The teams are meeting for the fifth straight year. Chicago has won three of the past four games against Philadelphia, including a 31-26 victory at Soldier Field last November.
Beloved former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan was honored at halftime. Ryan, who is battling cancer, was Chicago's defensive coordinator during their Super Bowl championship season in 1985. He came to Philadelphia the next season and led the Eagles to the playoffs in 1988-90.
Ryan got a loud ovation and fans chanted "Buddy! Buddy!"