Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard 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 Washington 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 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.

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) makes a touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) makes a touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc, right, breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc, right, breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears strong safety Adrian Amos (38) intercepts a pass in the end zone during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears strong safety Adrian Amos (38) intercepts a pass in the end zone during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) makes a catch against Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) makes a catch against Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) makes a catch during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) makes a catch during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Source: The Associated Press

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