Cornerback Xavier Rhodes among Vikings' inactives against the Bears

Matt Nagy Almost Became an Eagles QB in 2009 Until NFL Ruined It
     
     
       By Erik Lambert-        Jan 3 2019       920

Matt Nagy Almost Became an Eagles QB in 2009 Until NFL Ruined It By Erik Lambert- Jan 3 2019 920

The clinching, 16-play, 75-yard march utilized players who had made no previous contribution to the offense, combined with the ever-maturing leadership of QB Mitch Trubisky and a bit of good fortune.

The Philadelphia Eagles are playoff participants, and just like last season, could be the hottest team entering the tournament.

Indeed the Bears did so, defeating the Vikings 24-10 and knocking them out of the postseason.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles will be a tough assignment next week. "We know that we have to win this game in order to get into them".

However, in the fourth, after Foles exited with a chest injury and No. 3 QB Nate Sudfeld came in to hand off, they kept going with Adams, who responded with some nice runs that set up a short, safe toss to Nelson Agholor that Agholor took the rest of the way for a touchdown.

Mack, Hicks and Co. arrived intent on playing like the outcome mattered, imposing their will on the Vikings early and often. The Vikings rushed for a total of 63 yards on the day, which was a far cry from what they were hoping for coming in. Running back Jordan Howard scored on the next play.

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Redskins punter Tress Way threw a 7-yard pass to Jehu Chesson on a fake punt on fourth-and-2, but Johnson followed with three straight incomplete passes and Way had to punt.

The Eagles' pass rush came ready to play in this contest, flushing Washington quarterback Josh Johnson from the pocket on the first play, which resulted in an interception on the back end by Rasul Douglas.

The Bears offense, meanwhile, greeted the Vikings in the best way possible - by hitting them in the mouths. Tight end Trey Burton led the way with five catches and rookie seventh-rounder Javon Wims added four.

Scoreboard watching. Even though it would have been more relaxing to know ahead of time where the Vikings stood going into this game, it is more exciting (and nerve wracking) to have all the games with playoff relevance being played at the same time. Cook was able to get the first down on the next play. And not every offensive drive included crispness and not every defensive series packed a punch.

This wasn't about the Bears worrying about next week's opponent at Soldier Field. They checked the boxes for winning on the road that they needed to check. They sharpened their edge when so many teams in similar situations have shown up flat.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) can win the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory against the Oakland Raiders (4-11). But it now owns the sixth seed in the NFC entering its regular season finale against Chicago, the NFC North champions.

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