McCoy breaks free against the Bears

Eagles' LeSean McCoy celebrates his third quarter one-yard touchdown run with Eagles fans against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 22, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Eagles' LeSean McCoy celebrates his third quarter one-yard touchdown run with Eagles fans against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 22, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Posted: December 24, 2013

Julius Peppers - once one of the league's most fearsome defensive ends - could only watch from the Lincoln Financial Field turf as he lay on his side.

Peppers had LeSean McCoy in his grasp just a blink earlier, ready to make a goal-line stop. But that trademark McCoy move - a quick spin that leaves defenders wobbling - dropped the Chicago defender to the turf and sent McCoy to his second touchdown in the third quarter of Sunday's 54-11 Eagles win.

McCoy finished with 133 yards on 18 carries and added six catches for 29 yards. He has a career-high 1,476 rushing yards this season and needs just 36 yards on Sunday to eclipse Wilbert Montgomery's single-season franchise mark, set in 1979.

"That's stuff that you dream about," McCoy said. "You dream about going to Super Bowls, winning those games. You dream about breaking records. You dream about setting records."

McCoy played into the fourth quarter and even his backup, Bryce Brown, rushed for 115 yards.

The game lacked a chance for the Eagles to clinch the division, but it gave their star rusher a chance to rebound from his Week 15 performance. McCoy rushed just eight times for 38 yards at Minnesota. Both were season lows.

He will head into Dallas with a chance to light up an almost equally inept Cowboys' rushing defense. Entering Sunday's games, Dallas had allowed an average of 129.9 yards per game to opposing rushers, fourth worst in the league.

"That's the next step, that's the next team [to beat]," McCoy said. "We have to go there and fulfill our dreams."

Last week, McCoy said he wanted more touches and looked to carry the offense. Coach Chip Kelly granted the request, targeting the running back on four of the Eagles' first five plays en route to Riley Cooper's 5-yard touchdown catch.

On the next series, McCoy rushed for his own touchdown, a 1-yard dive, to put the Eagles ahead, 14-0, early in the first quarter.

Kelly turned to McCoy early in the third quarter as he drained the clock and kept the Eagles moving.

McCoy rushed on three of the Eagles' first five plays, scoring his second touchdown on the team's second drive of the half. It was aided by his 17-yard run up the middle and put in place by Bryce Brown's back-to-back red-zone carries.

After his spin move left Peppers helpless, McCoy rushed into the end zone with his arms spread wide in celebration. He sprinted toward the corner of the north end zone and leaped into the crowd.

A fan wearing a Kelly green jacket did what Peppers could not. He clutched onto McCoy and did not let him go.


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