Falcons hold on for hard-fought win over Bears

AP

The Falcons were the best team in the NFC last year and the Bears were one of the worst, but this is a new season.

This year, the Bears gave the Falcons everything they could handle in Chicago, falling just short when Brooks Reed sacked Mike Glennon on a fourth-and-goal with three seconds left.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a good game, completing 21 of 30 passes for 321 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. The Falcons’ biggest playmaker, surprisingly, was tight end Austin Hooper. He only had two passes thrown to him, but he caught one for an 88-yard touchdown and took the other 40 yards.

Bears quarterback Mike Glennon struggled early on but came on late, marching the Bears down the field in the final two minutes. Glennon threw back-to-back potential game-winners in the final minute and both were dropped, first by Josh Bellamy and then by Howard. It was a disappointing finish for Glennon, but he did enough in that two-minute drill to ensure that he won’t be getting benched for Mitch Trubisky this week.

The Bears’ rookie running back Tarik Cohen had an excellent game as both the Bears’ leading rusher with 66 yards and their leading receiver with 47 yards. He looks like he’s going to be a big-play threat.

And the Bears look like they’re going to be a better team than most people thought. Even if they couldn’t beat the Falcons just yet.

21 responses to “Falcons hold on for hard-fought win over Bears

  1. Bears have a good coaching staff, defense. Just need a leader, a quarterback, a shot caller. Enter Colin Kaepernick. Played in the super bowl, beat New England in Foxborough, slashed and gashed the Seahawks d a few times.

  2. vancouversportsbro says:
    September 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Bears have a good coaching staff, defense. Just need a leader, a quarterback, a shot caller. Enter Colin Kaepernick. Played in the super bowl, beat New England in Foxborough, slashed and gashed the Seahawks d a few times.

    The Bears and Chicagoans couldn’t handle Kaep (who btw I don’t think is a very good QB). These are people who think posting a flag in your front yard on Memorial Day is the same as serving, and value rhetoric over results. And I am from Chicago.

  3. Too bad Atlanta did not start their season against New England. Super bowl winner and loser starting against one another. That is what has happened in the past.

  4. And the Bears look like they’re going to be a better team than most people thought. Even if they couldn’t beat the Falcons just yet.

    Said this all off-season. Going to surprise a lot of teams with those old John Fox Carolina type of wins as long as they get game manager level QB play. They have a very sound defense and running game.

  5. Shanahan was a huge loss. Can’t believe this team brought in Sarkasin after he blew Alabama’s season last year. Atlanta is looking at 8-8 at best.

  6. Is vancouversportsbro Kaepernick? He posted a similar note on the last Bears post. Sorry bro we don’t want yah and at least for me it has nothing to do with the anthem.

  7. this one gets hung on the Bears play calling. the last 2 Bears possessions looked like a different team than the first 50 minutes of the game. Also major butterfingers at the end of the game on the last 2 downs. Much improved D and pass rush.

  8. Where was their #1 wide receiver, Kevin White??? Having White on the field is like playing with 10 players on offense. Bears, please give up on him !!!!!

  9. I really like Kevin White, 1strounder and he’s yet to catch a td and he’s in his 3rd year. The Lions 3rd rounder caught 2TDs in his 1st game…lol. Bears suck.

  10. Bellamy drops so many passes. But hey he’s great on special teams right? He’ll lose the game at the end but at least he can play special teams right? Special Teams!

    My Bears are a special team indeed.

  11. Ryan L says:
    September 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I really like Kevin White, 1strounder and he’s yet to catch a td and he’s in his 3rd year. The Lions 3rd rounder caught 2TDs in his 1st game…lol. Bears suck.

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    Dude, did you watch the Bears highlights? They actually played very well and have absolutely no WRs.

    Also don’t call out Kevin White, see Eric Ebron and his 2 catches for 9 yards, fruit bat.

  12. Glennon is pure trash. ZERO pocket presence and feet of stone.

    The pass to howard was late, the pass to miller was behind him. The final play of the game and he takes yer another needless sack.

    Hoyer or cutler could have done just as well and been cheaper.

    Our GM is a flaming idiot.
    how is that coaching pick going now? He is what now 9-24?
    Wasted first round pick on white,
    Need receivers let alshon walk and get nobody.
    glennon was a pure waste of 45 million.
    Defense needed DB’s we trade all our draft picks for offensive “projects”

    GM and pres should have been fired.

  13. I really like Kevin White, 1strounder and he’s yet to catch a td and he’s in his 3rd year. The Lions 3rd rounder caught 2TDs in his 1st game…lol. Bears suck.
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    And he’ll either leave through free agency or retire at 28, because that’s what that team does to its players.

  14. detroitsportsfan11 says:
    September 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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    Dude, did you watch the Bears highlights? They actually played very well and have absolutely no WRs.

    Also don’t call out Kevin White, see Eric Ebron and his 2 catches for 9 yards, fruit bat.
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    If Ebron played for the Bears he’s be their best player. Ebron’s stats will blow away anything to come out of Chicago.

  15. larryboodry says:
    September 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Bellamy and Howard should give back their game checks.
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    Yeah because when you make a mistake at work, I know you give back your check?

    By your rationale Glennon should give back his check too. The RT for letting up the sack that ended the game. Or the guy in the secondary–Cooper I think he is, for the bears that broke on a ball–a route that he sat on, and Ryan threw late, and was a sure pick six and stopped running, and hopped straight into the air?? As his hands got near the ball? He should give back his check. I mean if everyone who blew an opportunity has to give back their game checks let’s do it. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is.

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