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Bears-Eagles feels like a real rivalry

November 06, 2011|RedEye

It's not just you—the Bears and Philadelphia really have played each other an awful lot despite being in different divisions. They've crossed paths in the regular season the past four seasons, and each game has been decided by five points or fewer. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a rivalry. As the Bears (4-3) and Eagles (3-4) prepare to bump heads again Monday, here's what their most recent meetings have brought to the table.

Nov. 28, 2010: Bears 31, Philadelphia 26

Key ingredient: Validation

The Bears had their share of doubters leading up to this game despite leading the NFC North at the time. Holding Michael Vick, who had been shredding defenses to that point, in check helped launch the Bears to an appearance in the NFC championship game.

Nov. 22, 2009: Philadelphia 24, Bears 20

Key ingredient: Twists and turns

This contest shifted in the Eagles' favor when they blocked a Robbie Gould field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter with the Bears up 20-17. Chicago native and Philly QB Donovan McNabb then led the winning drive as the Eagles overcame four turnovers.

Sept. 28, 2008: Bears 24, Philadelphia 20

Key ingredient: Goal-line heroics

The Bears stonewalled the Eagles three times from the 1-yard line, the final time on fourth down, late in the fourth quarter. "It was one of the best fourth-down finishes I've ever been a part of," Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said.

Oct. 21, 2007: Bears 19, Philadelphia 16

Key ingredient: Miracle comeback

This was the famous game when Bears quarterback Brian Griese said he called his own plays on a 97-yard touchdown drive in the closing seconds. Bears coaches later took exception to Griese saying he got no help, but the offense had done next to nothing to that point. Coincidence?

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