(Reuters) - Chicago slammed the brakes on Philadelphia's recent revival with a 30-24 road win on Monday that sent the Eagles to 3-5 on the season and kept the Bears in touch in the NFC North.
After starting the season 1-4, Michael Vick's Eagles came into the game having won two in a row and looked like making it three after building a 24-17 lead in the third quarter.
However, the Bears rallied with 13 unanswered points, shutting down Philadelphia's high-octane offense when it mattered.
Chicago's Robbie Gould kicked his third field goal of the game with 4:01 left to make it 30-24 and the Bears defense halted the Eagles on their next drive to seal the win.
"(Both teams) are at a pivotal point in this season and we both needed this game," Cutler told reporters. "We were able to put some points on the board when it mattered and the defense did a great job all night."
Chicago (5-3) won their third in a row to avoid falling further behind the undefeated Green Bay Packers (8-0) and second-place Detroit Lions (6-2) in their division.
Vick finished with 213 yards passing and 34 rushing but no touchdowns as Philadelphia fell three games behind NFC East leaders the New York Giants.
"We've dug a hole for ourselves and we have to dig our way out of it," Vick said. "Tonight was a big game for us. We had a chance to win and we let it slip away."
The Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter on Matt Spaeth's touchdown reception and a 51-yard field goal from Gould.
Philadelphia got on the board with Alex Henery's 47-yard kick and tied the game after recovering a Matt Forte fumble and returning it 22 yards for a touchdown.
Chicago then took advantage of a fumbled punt return by DeSean Jackson deep in Eagles' territory with Marion Barber scoring on a two-yard run just before half-time to give the Bears a 17-10 lead.
McCoy gained 71 yards on the ground while Forte had two costly fumbles but finished with 133 yards rushing.
Bears receiver Bennett, who has missed most of the season with a chest injury, finished with five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, Editing by Peter Rutherford)