Eagles — 3-6-13-7 — 29
Bears — 0-7-0-7 — 14
The bright lights of Monday Night Football didn’t appear to bother Carson Wentz much.
The Eagles rookie quarterback, making his second career start, threw for 190 yards and a touchdown in a 29-14 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Wentz, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has 3 touchdown passes and no turnovers over his first two games.
Ryan Mathews added two rushing touchdowns, and the Eagles defense forced three turnovers and sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler three times as they improved to 2-0.
Cutler left the game in the second half due to a hand injury and he didn’t return. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer.
The Bears offense failed to generate many points, just one touchdown run by running back Jeremy Langford. The other score came late in the 4th quarter on a 65-yard punt return by Eddie Royal.
Philadelphia improved to 2-0, while Chicago dropped to 0-2.
Keep reading to follow the game highlights and updated stats:
Philadelphia Struck First With a Field Goal
After forcing a 3 and out on the Bears’ first possession, the Eagles mounted a 13-play, 47-yard drive which ended with a Caleb Sturgis 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with just over 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
Rookie Carson Wentz was sharp, completing 8 of 9 passes for 45 yards on the drive. But the Bears defense bent but didn’t break and held the Eagles to 3 points.
The drive took 7:26 off the clock.
On the ensuing possession, the Bears offense began to click. Cutler completed 5 of his next 6 passes for 70 yards, but the drive stalled at the Eagles 14. Connor Barth had a 31-yard field goal attempt to tie the score at 3, but missed when he hit the left upright.
Langford’s Plunge Gave Chicago a 7-3 Lead
The Bears offense stayed on track after forcing an Eagles punt. They drove 65 yards in 6 plays and it ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Langford.
The TD gave the Bears a 7-3 lead with 11:16 left in the half.
The big play on the drive was a 49-yard completion from Jay Cutler to Alshon Jeffery to the Philly 5.
A pass interference in the end zone gave Chicago a 1st and goal from the 1. Langford took it in for his second touchdown of the season on the next play.
Sturgis’ 2 FGs Gave the Eagles a Halftime Lead
Both offenses began to stall early in the second quarter, but the Eagles were able to mount two drives which ended in field goals.
First, Sturgis kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:31 left in the half. Then Philadelphia got the ball back and Wentz moved the Eagles just enough to get another Sturgis field goal, this one from 53 yards.
Sturgis’ third field goal of the game with 8 seconds left in the second quarter. The score was 9-7 in favor of Philadelphia at the half.
Ryan Mathews’ TD Run Late in the 3rd Extended the Eagles’ Lead
The Eagles shook off some second-half offensive rust to score a touchdown late in the third quarter for a 16-7 lead.
Ryan Mathews used a strong second effort to score from 3 yards out to extend Philadelphia’s lead.
The 8-play, 68-yard drive took 4:31 off the clock.
Philadelphia Scored Another TD in 21 Seconds
After taking a 16-7 lead, Nigel Bradham picked off Cutler on the Bears’ very next offensive play and returned it to Chicago’s 2-yard line.
On the next play, Wentz found Trey Burton for a 2-yard touchdown scoring pass. Sturgis missed the PAT.
The Eagles scored 13 points in 21 seconds to take a 22-7 lead entering the 4th quarter.
Cutler was taken to the locker room to get his hand checked out. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer.
The Eagles Capitalized Off a 3rd Bears Turnover
Bears running back Langford fumbled, Chicago’s third turnover of the game, and it was recovered by Ron Brooks at the Chicago 46.
Six plays later the Eagles were back in the endzone for a 29-7 lead.
Mathews, who had a 30-yard run earlier in the drive, took it in from a yard out on 4th down.
It was Mathews’ second rushing score of the game.
Eddie Royal’s Punt Return for a TD Cut Into the Eagles’ Lead
Trailing 29-7, the Bears forced an Eagles punt and Eddie Royal returned it 65 yards for a score to cut into Philadelphia’s lead.
The return brought Chicago to within 29-14 with 5:09 remaining in the game.
Barth’s onside kick attempt was recovered by the Eagles’ Brent Celek.
The Eagles got the ball back and were able to run out the clock to improve to 2-0.
Stats will be updated throughout the game
Passing: Carson Wentz 21 of 34, 190 yards, TD
Rushing: Darren Sproles 12 carries, 40 yards; Ryan Mathews 9 carries, 32 yards, 2 TD; Carson Wentz 6 carries, 10 yards; Wendell Smallwood 2 carries, 16 yards; Kenjon Barner 2 carries, 2 yards; Josh Huff 1 carry, 0 yards
Receiving: Dorial Green-Beckham 2 receptions, 18 yards; Nelson Agholor 4 receptions, 42 yards; Jordan Matthews 6 receptions, 71 yards; Trey Burton 5 receptions, 49 yards, TD; Ryan Mathews 1 reception, 3 yards; Darren Sproles 2 receptions, 8 yards; Josh Huff 1 reception, -1 yards
Defense: Jalen Mills 6 solo tackles, pass defensed; Malcolm Jenkins 5 tackles, sack; Brandon Graham 4 tackles, sack; Destiny Vaeao 1 sack
Passing: Jay Cutler 12 of 17, 157 yards, INT, fumble lost; Brian Hoyer 9 of 12, 78 yards
Rushing: Jeremy Langford 11 carries, 28 yards, TD, fumble lost; Jordan Howard 3 carries, 22 yards; Ka’Deem Carey 2 carries, 3 yards; Kevin White 1 carry, 9 yards; Paul Lasike 1 carry, 2 yards
Receiving: Alshon Jeffery 5 receptions, 96 yards; Eddie Royal 4 receptions, 52 yards; Kevin White 4 receptions, 36 yards; Zach Miller 4 receptions, 33 yards; Jordan Howard 2 receptions, 9 yards; Jeremy Langford 1 reception, 6 yards; Ka’Deem Carey 1 reception, 3 yards
Defense: Jacoby Glenn 7 solo tackles, 2 passes defensed; Willie Young 7 tackles, 1 sack; Jerrell Freeman 5 solo tackles (3 for loss)
The Chicago Bears kick off their 2016 home schedule on Monday Night Football.
The Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles and their rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, a winner in his first-career start in Week 1. Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns as Philadelphia crushed Cleveland 29-10.
Chicago got off to a solid start in its opener, grabbing a 14-10 halftime lead on the road at Houston. But the Texans blanked the Bears over the final 30 minutes and won 23-14.
Chicago has lost two consecutive home openers and struggled at Soldier Field in 2015, going 1-7. Dating back to the end of 2013 the Bears are just 3-14 in front of the home fans.
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