All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System.
I don’t think many Chicago Bears’ fans expected this game to be Chicago’s last one this season. Last night on NBC Sports Chicago, Lance Briggs talked about how his former Bears’ teammate, Jerry Azumah, remarked that the 2018 Bears team still had plenty of juice left and that’s why this loss is so hard to digest. Laurence Holmes then compared it to the Chicago Cubs going one and done in the wild card game.
Fans just expected more.
It’s a painful loss, but head coach Matt Nagy talked about the players and coaches using that pain to drive them to get better. This is a young team with most of the key players locked up. There will be new faces brought in for 2019, but the core remains intact and the future is bright for this group.
Let’s take a final look at some game stats.
The Bears outgained the Eagles (356 yards to 300 yards), but the Eagles had the edge in third down conversions (6 of 13 for 46% to 5 of 16 for 31%), and a slight edge in time of possession (30:48 to 29:12).
Each team was only flagged three times, but the Bears were hit with more penalty yards (52 to 25).
Now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also a few of the individual stats.
It was an uneven game from quarterback MItchell Trubisky, as he started slow by completing 3 of 7 passes for 19 yards and a passer rating of 50.3 in the first quarter, but in the final three quarters he went 23 for 36 (63.9%), for 284 yards, a TD, and a passer rating of 97.5. He ended the day going 26 of 43 for 303 yards (a Bears playoff record), with 1 TD and a passer rating of 89.6.
After that 50.3 passer rating in the 1st, he put up a 76.6 in the 2nd quarter, a 95.0 in the 3rd, then ended with a 4th quarter passer rating of 133.7.
His top receiver was wide out Allen Robinson II, who set a Bears playoff record with 143 yards on 10 receptions and a TD. He was targeted a game high 13 times. Taylor Gabriel was targeted 9 times and he caught 4 for 37 yards, and he had 2 runs for 20 yards. Anthony Miller caught 3 for 34 yards and Josh Bellamy caught 1 for 34 yards.
The running game wasn’t used much with Jordan Howard only getting 10 runs for 35 yards, Tarik Cohen only getting 1 run for 0 yards, Benny Cunningham had 1 for 2, and Taquan Mizzell getting 1 for -1.
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Adam Shaheen got the start with the injury to Trey Burton and he had 3 catches for 13 yards.
The Eagles had 7 tackles for loss, and 5 quarterback hits.
Khalil Mack was in on an offensive snap, so his playing time is up there with the offense.
Mack didn’t get a sack, but he had 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 QBH. The Bears lone sack was courtesy of Leonard Floyd (who had a strong finish to his season), and he added 3 tackles, a pass defensed, 1 TFL and 2 QBH.
Chicago’s leading tackler was Roquan Smith with 7 and he had an interception. The other interception was to Adrian Amos, who added 6 tackles and 2 PD. Akiem Hicks had 4 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 QBH.
With as many ducks that Eagle QB Nick Foles was throwing, I believe that Eddie Jackson would have made a difference in the game. He was dressed, but not healthy enough to get into the game.
The players listed above only appeared in the third phase.
Cody Parkey made 3 of 4 field goals, but the one he missed was a killer.
Patrick O’Donnell punted 6 times with a 40.7 net average and he placed 4 punts inside the 20. Nick Kwiatkoski had a special teams tackle, as did Cunningham, Bellamy and DeAndre Houston-Carson.