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Bears, Foles Lead Comeback in Atlanta

The Chicago Bears defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a thrilling 4th Quarter comeback, 30-26. The Bears trailed by as many as 16 during the 4th. The biggest story of the game was the Bears benching Mitch Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles in the 3rd Quarter. The Foles led offense provided much more of a passing threat against Atlanta than Trubisky was able to. 

The Bears began the game able to move the ball fairly easily early on, however the Atlanta defense tightened down and was able create stops and blow up plays. The Falcons had 7 tackles for loss, mostly in the run game. The Bears defense also struggled early to create stops, allowing big plays such as the 63 yard pass to Calvin Ridley that led to a Falcons touchdown on their first drive. Both units were able to turn it around late in the game and create stops on defense and move the ball more effectively on offense.

 

Trubisky finished the game 13-21 for 128 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Foles finished the game 16-29 for 188 yards, 3 TDs and an interception on a controversial touchdown pass to Allen Robinson II that was overturned as an interception. Allen Robinson II had 10 catches for 123 yards and a score, Jimmy Graham had 6 catches for 60 yards and 2 scores. 

 

The Bears defense only allowed 10 points in the second half, a touchdown on the opening drive, and holding Atlanta to a field goal off a Bears interception in their own territory. The Bears defense forced punts on subsequent drives, until an interception at the end of the game by Tashaun Gipson to secure the win. Khalil Mack was credited with a half sack, and had a strip sack called back by a roughing the passer penalty.

 

The Bears beat out Atlanta in total yards, 437 to 371. However, the Falcons were able to have a better attack on the ground against the Bears.

 

With this victory the Bears start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2013. However the bigger question is where do the Bears go now with the Quarterback situation? Foles outperformed in the passing game, looking more composed and comfortable in the pocket and hit deep targets more accurately. But Trubisky was able to create plays outside of the pocket, including a 45 yard scramble. 

The Bears also had their first major injury concern of the year as RB Tarik Cohen was carted off the sidelines late in the game with a knee injury after a punt return.

 

Chicago returns home to take on the Indianapolis Colts (1-1, pending their Week 3 matchup) with the Quarterback situation up in the air.

 

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