PHILADELPHIA – Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and NFL leaders Philadelphia Eagles passed the Chicago Bears 31-3 on Sunday to claim their ninth consecutive victory.
The Eagles (10-1) reduced their magic number to secure the NFC East title to a win with their fourth straight victory by at least 23 points and third in a row by exactly 28. Philadelphia would secure its first division title since 2013 and the Cowboys (5-6) lose or draw against Washington on Thursday night.
Wentz had 227 passing yards, LeGarrette Blount ran for 97 yards and Zach Ertz caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The defense dominated rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the inoperative Bears (3-8), limiting them to not getting first attempts in the first half and just 140 total yards in the game.
The Bears won the battle of the steals (3-2), but could not do anything with excellent field position. They started consecutive series in midfield and the 42 from Philadelphia, but Cairo Santos missed a 54-yard field goal.
Wentz threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ertz to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead on his second possession. Jay Ajayi ran 2 yards on fourth and 1 to keep the series alive and Wentz connected with Alshon Jeffery for 14 yards on third and 8 a play before the touchdown.
Wentz had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor, who rose above the defenders in the diagonals to put the score 14-0 in the second quarter.
Ajayi ran 30 yards and lost the ball in the Bears 5, but Agholor recovered the ball in the diagonals for a touchdown and put the score 31-3.