Was the Bears’ debacle against the Eagles just one bad game that already is forgotten? We’ll see about that.
Coach Marc Trestman pointed to the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings before playing the Bears as proof of how quickly a team’s fortunes can change. But what he didn’t tell his team is that even in defeat, the Eagles scored 30. The Eagles were down just 27-22 early in the fourth quarter. Nick Foles had a 103.5 passer rating in that game; and the Eagles averaged 6.1 yards per rush. In other words, they were competitive.
The Bears have a much bigger hole to climb out of. They were down 21-0 in the first quarter and equally poor in all three phases. They lost by 43. When’s the last time a team lost by 40 or more points and did anything in the playoffs?
For the record, the Arizona Cardinals of 2008 are the team Trestman should be referencing. The Cardinals (9-7) lost to the Patriots 47-7 in their second-to-last game and recovered to win the NFC championship before losing to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
Rout and in
In the Super Bowl era, only four playoff teams have lost by 40 or more points in the final two weeks of the regular season. Here’s how they fared:
L, 47-7 at New England in Game 15
Lost Super Bowl XLIII to Pittsburgh
L, 50-10 at Minnesota in Game 15
Won wild-card, lost divisional at New York Jets
L, 41-0 at Indianapolis in Game 15
Lost wild-card at New England
L, 61-7 at Cincinnati in Game 15
Lost wild-card to Pittsburgh