Eagles Blow Lead Again, and Bears Make Them Pay

It was a crushing loss for Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-5), who blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time this season. Jeremy Maclin fell down and was tackled at the Bears’ 30 after a 9-yard catch on fourth-and-10 with a little less than two minutes left. The Eagles, the defending N.F.C. East champions, are three games behind the first-place Giants.

Chicago (5-3) won its third straight game, but remains third in the N.F.C. North behind Green Bay (8-0) and Detroit (6-2).

After LeSean McCoy’s 33-yard touchdown run following Forte’s second fumble gave the Eagles a 24-17 lead in the third quarter, the Bears answered with 13 straight points.

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 24-20 game, and then Chicago’s defense forced a punt after three plays.

The Bears drove 51 yards for the go-ahead score with Cutler tossing a pass to Bennett over Asante Samuel for a 27-24 lead.

The Eagles reached the Bears’ 42 on their next drive. On fourth-and-6, punter Chas Henry bounced a pass to a wide-open Colt Anderson and Chicago took advantage.

A pass-interference penalty on Nnamdi Asomugha at the Eagles’ 7 prolonged the drive. The defense stiffened and Gould hit a 22-yarder to extend the lead to 30-24.

BLOW FOR COWBOYS Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin left in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over Seattle with a right hamstring injury and did not return. He is expected to be out for as long as a month.

HILLIS STILL OUT Coach Pat Shurmur said that running back Peyton Hillis would not play in Cleveland’s game against St. Louis, the fourth straight game he has missed since straining his left hamstring Oct. 16.

Hillis was on track to play Sunday in Houston, but reinjured his hamstring during practice on Friday. Shurmur said Hillis would spend the week rehabilitating his nagging injury and there were no immediate plans to place him on injured reserve.

TAMPA BAY LOSES MCCOY Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right biceps.

McCoy, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, was injured Sunday during the opening quarter of a 27-16 defeat to New Orleans that dropped the Buccaneers (4-4) to third place in the N.F.C. South. McCoy had 13 tackles, including a sack.

RAMS’ TOP RECEIVER SHELVED St. Louis wide receiver Greg Salas, who leads the team with 27 receptions, will miss the rest of the season with a broken right leg that will require surgery.

GORE LIKELY TO PLAY X-rays on the left ankle of San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore were negative. Gore, who has five straight 100-yard games, said he expected to practice this week and play against the Giants.

BILLS KICKER SIDELINED Buffalo Coach Chan Gailey ruled out kicker Rian Lindell, who was hurt against the Jets, from playing at Dallas on Sunday. Gailey said the injury to Lindell’s right shoulder was “not good,” and the team will try out replacements.

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