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Bears do little to slow down Eagles' McCoy

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sunday night's game featured two of the top three players in yards from scrimmage, but only one of them put up typical numbers.

The Eagles' LeSean McCoy had an NFL-best 1,850 yards (1,343 rushing and 507 receiving through 14 games. He added 133 rushing yards on 18 carries and 29 yards on 6 catches to those totals.

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"We just missed too many tackles," said Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic. "You can't do that against a back like him."

"I don't think it's a matter of what offense he plays in," Bears coach Marc Trestman said of McCoy. "I don't think it would matter what offense he played in. He's just a great back. He'd be great in any offense."

Two spots back at 1,722 combined yards was the Bears' Matt Forte, who had 1,200 rushing and 522 receiving. But Forte was held to 29 rushing yards on 9 carries, both season lows, and he had 4 catches for 25 yards.

Cornering the market:

In the previous two games, Bears cornerback Tim Jennings faced two of the NFL's premier wide receivers and was exceptional.

In Week 13, he held the Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant to 2 catches for 12 yards. Last week he limited the Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon, the NFL's receiving-yardage leader, to 3 catches for 67 yards, including a 43-yard TD on which he expected safety help from Chris Conte but didn't receive it.

Against both go-to guys, Jennings was primarily responsible.

Against the Eagles he faced DeSean Jackson (75 catches, 1,275 yards, 17.0-yard average and 9 touchdowns) and was one of very few bright spots in a disastrous defeat.

"Tim's a very confident player," defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. "He's got tremendous experience, and he knows what it's all about. He's going to step up to whatever challenge you put in front of him. That's the type of player he is."

Jackson finished with just 4 catches for 29 yards.

Still rebuilding:

The offensive line began the season with four new starters, including two rookies, but it has performed much better than last season's unit, partly because each of the five members started each of the first 15 games.

"The offensive line has grown as a group," said Aaron Kromer, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. "They've been helped by the fact our receivers are getting open quick and our quarterback knows what to do and we have a good running back.

"We feel good about the way the line's playing, and there's constant improvement to be made all the time. But we feel good about them."

Last year's line allowed 44 sacks. This year's group had permitted just 24 through 14 games, on pace for 27, but allowed 5 Sunday. However, running back Matt Forte needs just 10 rushing yards to surpass his previous single-season best of 1,238 yards.

Prime-time dud:

The Bears were 4-0 in night games heading into Sunday's loss, which Marc Trestman reminded his team of during the week.

"You can use prime time to build on, and we have because we have played well," Trestman said. "But on the other side of it, the reason to remind the guys about it is to remind them how hard they worked on a daily basis to get themselves ready to play and build their edge for the game."

This Sunday's regular-season finale against the Green Bay Packers, originally scheduled for a noon start, instead will kick off at 3:25 p.m. at Soldier Field.

By the numbers:

According to Pro Football Focus, 67 percent of Jay Cutler's 2,173 passing yards have come through the air as opposed to after the catch, the highest percentage in the league. Through 15 weeks, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had 19 runs of 15 yards or more yards, the most in the league. McCoy made it 20 on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage, picking up 19 yards.

Sitting it out:

Sunday night's inactives were quarterback Jordan Palmer, wide receiver Marquess Wilson, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, offensive linemen James Brown, Joe Long and Jonathan Scott and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

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