Falcons stay alive in NFC South race with win over Bears

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It hasn’t been pretty, but the Falcons remain very much alive in the NFC South race.

By beating the Bears 27-24 today, the Falcons improved to 5-6, and continued to put pressure on the NFC South-leading Buccaneers, who are 5-5 and on their bye this week.

Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and no sacks. It was far from a great game, but it was efficient enough to earn the Falcons the win.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 14 of 21 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks. He also ran the ball 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. Fields is an exciting quarterback, but his interception came at the worst possible time, sealing the Bears’ loss late in the fourth quarter. Fields appeared to be injured in the second half, although the Bears did not announce any injury.

At 3-8, the Bears are out of realistic playoff contention, and the rest of this season will be about Fields’ continued development. But the Falcons are very much playoff contenders.

7 responses to “Falcons stay alive in NFC South race with win over Bears

  1. Keep that tank gong, Bears. If they get a top 3 pick they can sell it for a king’s ransom.

  2. Huge win for the Falcons today. We really needed this one to stay alive. So happy for CP84! but really sad about Kyle Pitts’ injury, hopefully it’s not too serious. Fields is a baller he just needs a better o-line, good game Chicago

  3. The Detroit Lions just overtook da bears, FOR GOOD!!!!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  4. It was critical for the Falcons to get the win today to keep in pace:

    Falcons (5-6) – Commanders {W}; Steelers {W}; Saints {W}; Ravens {L}; Cardinals{W}; Bucs{L} possible 9-8
    Bucs (5-5) – Browns {W}; Saints {W}; 49ers{L}; Bengals{W}; Cardinals{W}; Panthers{W}; Falcons{W} ~ possible 11-6

  5. Bears are doing a beautiful job of tanking. While they continue to lose, they are playing exciting games and Fields is developing. Getting a high pick and keeping their fans happy at the same time is a good trick.

  6. For anyone still trashing Justin Fields, know this: if it weren’t for him, the 2022 Bears would be a lead pipe lock to go 0-17 and would be losing every game by 20+ points. They are that bad. That being said, the coaching staff needs to be a lot more intelligent about keeping Fields healthy for the long haul. All those draft picks and cap money this offseason won’t help if Fields winds up damaged beyond repair this year. The slappies that make up 80% of the current Bears roster aren’t worth risking the Franchise for.

  7. Happy for Patterson. Seems to have found a home with the Falcons. As a Bears fan, appreciate all he’s done as a Bear, but knew he wasn’t part of the future so had to say goodbye.

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