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December 23, 2013

5 things to know after Eagles rout Bears 54-11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even if a game doesn't matter much in the standings, the Philadelphia Eagles don't take nights off.

Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles routed the Chicago Bears 54-11 Sunday night in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes.

Instead of resting his starters for a winner-take-all game at Dallas next Sunday night, Chip Kelly didn't pull them until they finished whipping the Bears (8-7).

Meanwhile, the Bears hardly looked worthy of a playoff spot with a division title on the line.

Now, Chicago must tie or beat the Packers (7-7-1) at home next week to win the NFC North. The Eagles (9-6) must beat or tie the Cowboys (8-7) to win the East. When Dallas beat Washington earlier in the day, the Eagles knew going into their game that a win only affected seeding.

It didn't stop them from piling on.

Foles was 21 of 25 for 230 yards, and set a franchise record with a completion percentage of 84.0. He was replaced by Michael Vick midway through the fourth quarter.

By that time, fans were chanting: "We want Dallas!"

McCoy, trying to become the first Eagles player to lead the NFL in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949, ran for 133 yards and leads Kansas City's Jamaal Charles by 189 going into the last game.

The Eagles dominated the Bears from the start.

Foles tossed TD passes of 5 yards to Riley Cooper and 10 yards to Brent Celek in the first quarter. McCoy had 1-yard TD runs in the first and third.

Chris Polk had a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and Brandon Boykin returned Jay Cutler's interception 54 yards for a score to make it 47-11.

The Eagles racked up 514 yards.

Five things we learned in Philadelphia's win over Chicago:

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