Ea­gles stave off Bears on missed field goal

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Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2yard touch­down pass on fourth down with 56 sec­onds re­main­ing against the NFL’s stingi­est de­fense, lift­ing the Philadel­phia Ea­gles past the Chicago Bears, 16-15, on Sun­day in the fi­nal wild-card game.

For­mer Ea­gles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left up­right and then the cross­bar with a field-goal at­tempt from 43 yards with 10 sec­onds re­main­ing, si­lenc­ing the rau­cous crowd.

The de­fend­ing league cham­pion Ea­gles (10-7) squeezed into the play­offs by beat­ing Wash­ing ton and hav­ing the Bears (12-5) help them by knock­ing off Min­nesota in the sea­son fi­nale. Philadel­phia thanked its bene­fac­tor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Su­per Bowl MVP last Fe­bru­ary, hit six passes.

Philly plays at New Or­leans (13-3) next Sun­day.

No team has re­peated as Su­per Bowl cham­pion since New Eng­land in 2004, and the Ea­gles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL ti­tle was Green Bay in the 2010 sea­son.

But these Ea­gles, led by Foles and a de­fense down to back­ups at sev­eral po­si­tions, seem to have that mag­i­cal touch like last sea­son.

Charg­ers 23, Ravens 17: Los An­ge­les kept Lamar Jack­son grounded, and by the time the rookie got the pass­ing game go­ing it was too late for Bal­ti­more.

Michael Bad­g­ley kicked five field goals, and Los An­ge­les ha­rassed and hounded Jack­son dur­ing a vic­tory in the open­ing round of the NFL play­offs.

The Charg­ers (13-4) will next face the sec­ond-seeded New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots (11-5) on the road Sun­day. The Charg­ers last won two games dur­ing a sin­gle post­sea­son in 2007, when the fran­chise was in San Diego.

Bad­g­ley con­nected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards.

Cow­boys 24, Sea­hawks 22: Ezekiel El­liott rushed for 137 yards and the goa­head touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, and the Dal­las Cow­boys hung on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seat­tle Sea­hawks on Saturday night.

The play­off win by the Cow­boys (11-6) was the first for El­liott and quar­ter­back Dak Prescott on their sec­ond try af­ter los­ing a di­vi­sional game as rook­ies two years ago. Dal­las will play the Los An­ge­les Rams in the di­vi­sional round next week­end.

The loss ended a run of nine straight vic­to­ries in play­off open­ers for the Sea­hawks (10-7). The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the long­est streak in NFL his­tory.

Colts 21, Tex­ans 7: Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touch­downs and In­di­anapo­lis raced out to a big lead and cruised over Hous­ton in the wild-card game.

Luck put on a show in his home­town, throw­ing for 191 yards and two touch­downs be­fore half­time to help the Colts (11-6) build a 21-0 lead.

Run­ning back Mar­lon Mack had 148 yards and a touch­down for In­di­anapo­lis, which ad­vances to face the topseeded Kansas City Chiefs.

Hous­ton (11-6), which over­came a 0-3 start to win the AFC South, gave up too many big plays and couldn’t get any­thing go­ing on of­fense.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bears kicker Cody Parkey misses a field goal with 10 sec­onds left, elim­i­nat­ing the Bears from the play­offs, 16-15.

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