Capsule summary of Saturday's NFC playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.
Teams -- Philadelphia (12-5), Chicago (13-3)
Site -- Soldier Field in Chicago
Kickoff -- 4:30 p.m. EST
Last Playoff Meeting -- In the 1988 divisional round, the Bears posted a 20-12 victory over the Eagles in one of the craziest games in NFL playoff history. In that contest, fog rolled in off Lake Michigan just before halftime, obscuring most of the action for the fans in the stands and national television audience. The game has been dubbed the Fog Bowl.
Last Regular Season Meeting -- Donovan McNabb threw a three-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Jeff Thomason and David Akers kicked three field goals to lead the Eagles to a 13-9 victory over the Bears on Oct. 22, 2000. Chicago trailed, 13-0, entering the fourth quarter and moved inside the Eagles' 20-yard line three times in the final period but managed only three field goals by Paul Edinger. Jim Miller replaced starting quarterback Cade McNown, who suffered a separated shoulder early in the second quarter.
Key Matchups --- Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb vs. NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense; Philadelphia RBs Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter vs. NFL's 2nd-ranked rush defense; Philadelphia WR James Thrash vs. RCB R.W. McQuarters; Philadelphia C Hank Fraley and Gs John Welbourn and Jermane Mayberry vs. DTs Ted Washington and Keith Traylor; Philadelphia C Fraley vs. MLB Brian Urlacher.
Philadelphia offense vs. Chicago defense -- Donovan McNabb, a native of Chicago, had a huge game late in the season against the New York Giants that clinched the NFC East title for the Eagles and enjoyed another big game in last week's wild card round victory over Tampa Bay. McNabb should have time to throw against the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense.If the Bears use a shadow to contain McNabb in the pocket, it is likely that duty will fall to weakside linebacker Warrick Holdman or strongside backer Rosevelt Colvin rather than dominating middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. The Eagles have struggled to establish a running game this season with Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter. It will be a major challenge to run against the NFL's second-ranked rush defense that features massive tackles Ted Washington and Keith Traylor.
Chicago offense vs. Philadelphia defense -- Pounding the ball at the NFL's 18th-ranked defense with rookie running back Anthony Thomas is a virtual certainty. To help matters, the Bears' offensive line outweighs the Philadelphia defensive line by more than 20 pounds per man. The Bears allowed an NFL-low 17 sacks this season, but their line should receive a test from the blitz-happy Eagles. Quarterback Jim Miller should have a chance to make plays if the Eagles stack the line and leave wide receivers Marty Booker and rookie David Terrell in single coverage on the outside. Booker is likely to be matched against Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent.