Philadelphia Eagles claim final NFC spot with help from Chicago Bears

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Eleven months after Nick Foles shredded Minnesota's defense in the NFC Championship game, the Eagles made the playoffs at the Vikings expense after Foles led Philadelphia to a 24-0 win over the Washington Redskins Sunday while Minnesota fell 24-10 at home to the Chicago Bears.

Foles tied Philip Rivers' NFL record by completing 25 straight passes and threw two touchdown passes before a chest injury forced him out of the game.

For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles ruined the Minnesota Vikings' season.

At stake for the Bears was a chance to get a first round bye with a victory over the Vikings while at the same time knocking a division rival out of the playoffs.

The Vikes just need to beat the 11-4 Chicago Bears to punch their ticket to the postseason.

The NFL arranged the schedule to minimize the anticlimactic outcomes, moving the Bears-Vikings game to the late-afternoon slot so it would be played simultaneously with Eagles-Redskins, Cardinals-Seahawks and 49ers-Rams.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Wims finished with four catches on four targets for 32 yards, and depending on the condition of the Bears' banged up WR crew, he could be called on in the postseason.

It felt like a home game for the Eagles.

When the Minnesota Vikings schedule was released back in April, the Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears appeared to be an afterthought.

Jordan Howard got the Bears off to a great start on the first drive as he got a 42-yard gain then a six-yard touchdown rush to put the team up 7-0. He rushed for 109 yards, and averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry. The Vikings needed a win or an Eagles loss to qualify for the tournament, and they got neither. Done in by three-and-outs on their first four possessions, the Vikings finished with only 164 total yards.

"So it was good to just come out and play hard as [bleep] and get the win". They aren't supposed to be here, and they should play free and easy for it.

"Heading into the playoffs, it's good to play a good defense on the road. So, you do all you can, give everything you have". But make no mistake: If White plays a role in next weekend's playoff game, something has gone terribly wrong.

But, when Tarik Cohen scored on a three-yard run to end a 9:05 drive that ended with 7:46 remaining in the game, the Bears were back in control 21-10. It had its fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season last week against Detroit, with no turnovers.

"We'll have to do the best we can do to hold up and protect the football", Cousins said.