Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Chicago Bears: Top 5 Memorable Games at Soldier Field

Andrew McKillopContributor IINovember 26, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Chicago Bears: Top 5 Memorable Games at Soldier Field

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 22: Members of the Chicago Bear offense line up against the defense of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 24-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    One of the more anticipated matchups this weekend in the NFL is Philadelphia vs. Chicago.

    Both teams come into the game with identical 7-3 records, and both lead their respective divisions.

    Over the years these two teams have played some memorable games against each other at Soldier Field. Here are the five most memorable meetings.

1988: The Chicago Bears Win the "Fog Bowl"

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    31 Dec 1988:  General view of a playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears won the game, 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    There were plenty of headlines going into the game, but when the final whistle blew, the only headline was the weather.

    It was to be a beautiful winter day in Chicago until Mother Nature took over in the second quarter and handed the Eagles the unkindest of fortunes.

    If it was a game about statistics, the Eagles clearly outplayed the Bears. The Eagles had outgained the Bears and had committed one less turnover. However, the Bears were able to head into halftime with a 17-9 lead.

    The thick fog took over from there and kept both teams out of the end zone. The Bears won 20-12 and were headed to the NFC Championship Game.

    The Bears vindicated two years of early playoff exits, and the Eagles missed their best opportunity for playoff advancement in the Buddy Ryan era.

2001: Donovan McNabb and the Eagles Defeat the Bears 33-19

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    19 Jan 2002:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Philadelphia Eagles delivers a pass against the defense of Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears during the NFC Divisional Playoff at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Eagles win 33-19 over the Bears
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    The 2001 season was an exciting one for Bears fans, as they improved their record from 5-11 to 13-3.

    Unfortunately, the Bears' dream season was prematurely ended by the Eagles in the playoffs.

    Led by Chicago native QB Donovan McNabb, the Eagles beat the Bears 33-19 behind McNabb's three TDs (two passing, one running). 

1999: The Philadelphia Eagles' First Ever Road Victory Over the Chicago Bears

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    17 Oct 1999: Cade McNown #8 of the Chicago Bears calls the count from the line of scrimmage during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Mark Lyons  /Allsport
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    For decades the Eagles had struggled on the road against the Bears. In 1999 this all changed.

    Led by a pair of Doug Pederson touchdown passes, the Eagles defeated the Bears 20-16 for the franchise's first ever road victory over the Bears.

    Since this victory, the Eagles have won five of the last six games against the Bears on the road.

    Bears fans might remember Cade McNown had his first career start at QB in this game.

1986: The Chicago Bears Defeat Buddy Ryan and the Philadelphia Eagles in OT

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    LONDON ?? AUGUST 6: 1989: Head coach Buddy Ryan of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sideline during the American Bowl against the Cleveland Browns at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 1989 in London, England.  The Eagles defeated the Browns 17-13.  (Photo
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    In only his second game ever as an NFL head coach, Buddy Ryan was returning to Chicago, where he was the architect of the Bears' 46 defense.

    Ryan led the overmatched Eagles into Soldier Field and almost left with a surprising victory over the defending Super Bowl champs.

    The Bears' Kevin Butler kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime to beat the Eagles 13-10, overcoming a day during which he had already missed four field goals.

    Eagles QB Matt Cavanaugh had a day to forget. In a limited role, he completed one of three passes (the two incomplete passes were interceptions) for minus-one passing yards.

1975: Chicago Bears Beat the Philadelphia Eagles with Last Minute Field Goal

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    1984:  Running back Walter Payton #34 of the Chicago Bears looks on during a game in 1984. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    This game didn't have the same kind of hype that other games have had in the series, but it turned out to be a great game nonetheless.

    A 14-yard touchdown pass from Roman Gabriel to Harold Carmichael gave the Eagles a 13-12 lead late in the fourth quarter.

    However, the Bears would come back and win the game 15-13 on a 23-yard Bob Thomas field goal with only seconds remaining.

    Future Hall of Fame RB Walter Payton, playing in only his second career game, set up the field goal with a couple of catches and a 23-yard run.