NFL playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from the Eagles' win over the Bears

NFL playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from the Eagles' win over the Bears

What started as a low-scoring affair to close out Wild-Card Weekend ended in exciting and heartbreaking fashion as the Eagles narrowly defeated the Bears, 16-15.

Chicago welcomed the defending champions to Soldier Field for the team’s first postseason game since 2010 and nearly sent Philadelphia packing after quarterback Mitch Trubisky engineered his lone touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to pull ahead of the Eagles.

But, Nick Foles wasn’t done. And unfortunately, the Bears kicking woes weren’t either.

Here are three takeaways from the Eagles’ win over the Bears:

Nick Foles’ storybook season still needs an ending

It’s hard to think of a better backup than Foles. The seventh-year quarterback proved he can fill a starter’s shoes when he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win last season. It was the perfect ending to his season and he now has a chance to do it again.

Philadelphia will have a long road to Super Bowl 53 as it will have to travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. But, Foles showed again Sunday that he still has it.

The Eagles were down five points with just less than five minutes to play when Foles led the team 60 yards into the end zone. He found wide receiver Golden Tate, who was acquired earlier this season and seemingly hushed any talk of the trade not being worth it.

Foles finished 25-of-40 passing for 266 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while Tate tallied five catches for 46 yards and the score.

The Mitch Trubisky led offense was as close as you can get

It’s difficult for anyone to face any team that has won five of its last six games. But, when Trubisky lined up against the Eagles, he nearly ousted the defending champions.

The lackluster first half saw field goal after field goal while each team struggled to get their offense going. But, Trubisky finally got the offense turned around after he found Allen Robinson for a 22-yard touchdown.

Trubisky, who racked up his most yards since beating Tampa Bay in late September, then charged down the field trailing by one point. He ended up setting Cody Parkey up with a 43-yard field goal attempt to win the game.

But Parkey, who had missed 10 total kicks prior to the potential game-winning attempt, missed. The ball not only hit one upright, which is all too familiar for Bears fans, but also hit the crossbar and then bounced to the ground.

To make matters worse, Parkey was 11 of 12 on fourth-quarter attempts before missing this one.

Trubisky completed 26 of his 43 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles defense will have to rely on its depth once more

While Philadelphia has had an impressive pass rush, its secondary has been lacking this season.

It’s not a lack of talent, but a sheer lack of numbers. The Eagles lost nearly all of their starting secondary to season-ending injuries and have turned to backups to fill the void.

The Eagles sacked Trubisky twice and were led by a mix of young and old defenders, including second-year cornerback Rasul Douglas (8 tackles) and veterans Nigel Bradham (7) and Corey Graham (5). Douglas and rookie Avonte Maddox (5 tackles) took the place of starters Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, while Graham replaced safety Rodney McLeod.

Philadelphia will need another big performance when it faces the Drew Brees-led Saints on Jan. 13 at 4:40 p.m. ET.