PHILADELPHIA — Facing the NFL's top team, the Chicago Bears knew they had to be perfect to have a chance.
They won the turnover battle and nothing else.
The Bears didn't manage a first down in the first half, managed only 6 yards rushing, 140 total yards on offense and were dominated in a 31-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
So much for that 3-2 edge in turnovers.
"That's a good football team that's had similar scores to what we experienced," coach John Fox said. "We didn't play well enough to compete."
"That falls on all of us," Bears right guard Kyle Long said. "We need to do a better job of keeping him upright and giving him more time to throw."
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz tossed three touchdowns as the Eagles (10-1) reduced their magic number to clinch the NFC East to one with their fourth consecutive win by at least 23 points and third in a row by exactly 28. Philadelphia would secure its first division title since 2013 if the Cowboys (5-6) lose or tie Washington on Thursday night.
"We're playing with a lot of momentum, a lot of energy, a lot of swagger," Wentz said.
Wentz had 227 yards passing, LeGarrette Blount ran for 97 yards and Zach Ertz caught 10 passes for 103 yards and one TD.
Jordan Howard, who entered leading the NFC with 841 yards rushing, was held to 6 yards on seven carries. The Bears were at negative yards rushing until Trubisky scrambled for a big gain late in the fourth quarter.
The Bears got their first break in the first quarter right after Trubisky threw an interception to Malcolm Jenkins, but Dion Sims stripped the ball and recovered at midfield. They went three-and-out.
Chicago's next possession started after Blount fumbled following a 35-yard run. Eddie Goldman recovered at Philadelphia's 42, but the drive went nowhere and Cairo Santos fell way short on a 54-yard field goal try.
Wentz threw a 17-yard TD pass to Ertz to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead on their second drive. Jay Ajayi ran 2 yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the drive going and Wentz connected with former Bear Alshon Jeffery for 14 yards on third-and-8 one play before the TD.
Wentz had a 15-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor, who flipped over defenders into the end zone to make it 14-0 in the second quarter. Wentz spun away from a blitzer and ran 16 yards on third-and-9 to extend the drive. Then a holding penalty on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara negated an incomplete pass on third-and-12, and the Eagles scored on the next play.
Another holding penalty on Amukamara gave the Eagles a first down late in the second quarter. Wentz then lofted an 8-yard TD pass to Jeffery to extend the lead to 24-0.
Ajayi ran 30 yards and fumbled at the Bears 5, but Agholor recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and a 31-3 lead.
Following a 17-3 win over Carolina on Oct. 22, the Bears were 3-4 and seemed to be in the mix. They already had an impressive overtime win over the Steelers in Week 3, lost by a field goal to Minnesota in Week 5 and beat the Ravens in overtime on Oct. 15. They stayed close in their previous three losses to the Saints (20-12), Packers (23-16) and Lions (27-24).
But they were thoroughly outplayed by a superior team in Philly.
"We needed to play really, really well in all three phases to beat that team," Fox said.
Fox is 12-31 in three seasons with the Bears and faces questions about his future on a weekly basis.
"You don't come into this job, whether it's as a player or coach, with questions about your job security," Fox said. "That's not why I do this. Whatever happens to the things I control, I'll work to control, and that's to get our football team better."
Fox has support from his players.
"I would love to have Foxy back for many years," Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. "He's one of my favorite head coaches I have ever had. The way he handles the team and the way he carries himself, whether you as player are having an up or down day, whether it's in practice or a game, he's the first one there to tell you why you are there and why they want you there. He motivates you properly and works you hard."
Perfect strike: After his TD catch, Jeffery went bowling and his teammates lined up as the pins. Jeffery did a fake roll and all the players went down in the end zone for a strike.
Injuries: Bears OL Josh Sitton entered the concussion protocol, while S Adrian Amos injured a hamstring. Eagles LB Joe Walker suffered a stinger in the second quarter.