Falcons Vs. Bears: Atlanta Struggles In Opening Week Test, Losing 30-12

Turnovers made Atlanta's Week 1 loss to the Bears look worse than it was, but there's plenty of work to be done as the Eagles approach.

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Falcons Vs. Bears Final Score: Falcons Drop Season Opener In Rough 30-12 Loss

The Bears began the fourth quarter with the ball in possession and a very comfortable 24-point lead in their grasp. For some reason, the Bears came out passing despite their large lead, and that ultimately would backfire on Cutler as he watched his pass batted into the waiting arms of Kroy Biermann. Though he was almost caught from behind, Bear-man managed to get it across the goal-line for the Falcons' first touchdown of the game.

The Falcons would go for two, but pressure in Matt Ryan's face led to failure in that endeavor. Still, the Falcons showed life as they cut the deficit to 18 points. The Bears got the ball back, and the Falcons defense continued their fourth quarter success by forcing a three-and-out. Could there be a tiny glimmer of hope amidst this disappointing game?

Well, the offense took over and- surprise, surprise- the Bears' defensive front was right in the grill of Ryan yet again. On third down, Chicago would record its fifth sack of Ryan on the day. Todd McClure, get well soon.

The defense stepped up yet again, it just ended up being a case of too little, too late. Vance Walker had a nice sack during that stand, but everything beyond that point is pretty much not worth mentioning. The front four actually had a pretty good game today and got some good pressure. Where the real problem lay were coverage and poor tackling in the secondary. 

The offense has shown some flashes of their potential at times today. On the next offensive possession, Ryan connected with Julio Jones for an 18-yard gain that very nearly went all the way for a touchdown. Jacquizz Rodgers worked himself into the passing game with a couple of nice catches as well. The Falcons would probably have called for more deep passes, but Ryan has simply had no time to throw today.

Ryan finished the day with 31 completions for over 300 yards, Turner had 100 yards on the ground, and Roddy White racked up eight catches for 61 yards, but still there was not an offensive touchdown to be found. The silver lining right now is that both the Saints and Buccaneers also lost their first matchups of the season, for whatever that's worth.

Remember, the Falcons lost their season opener in 2010 and that season turned out ok, right? This is a talented team. The Falcons just need to fulfill that potential.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.


Falcons Vs. Bears Score: Falcons Trailing 16-3 At The Half

The Falcons have been really frustrating today. They began the second quarter by sacking Jay Cutler, John Abraham's second of the day. The Falcons offense then promptly went three-and-out, and poor pass protection on third-down almost resulted in a safety. Matt Bosher was forced to punt out of the Falcons' own endzone, and a 25-yard return by Devin Hester started the Bears off at the Atlanta 25. Really, I'd love to see some consistent play sometime today.

The Bears got down to the 10-yard line poised to score, but Kroy Biermann had other plans. He notched his first sack of the season, and the Falcons' third of the game. On the following play, good coverage by Brent Grimes again resulted in a tipped pass, and again it floated over the hands of Thomas DeCoud.  Tough luck is all I can say.

Fortunately, the Falcons D held up in the red zone and limited the Bears to only a field goal. That, however, also extended the Bears lead to ten points in this second quarter.

So, the offense took the field and again started their drive off well. However, the bane of this team all day has been the inability to finish their drives. A tipped pass to Julio Jones that resulted in a six-yard loss along with good coverage on Roddy White on third-and-long extended the Falcons' scoring drought.

The defense followed suit. Two good run stops by Curtis Lofton and John Abraham brought the Bears to third-and-nine, but coverage again broke down as Cutler hooked up with Johnny Knox for 18 yards. It was more of the same from then on. The Falcons would make two great stops in the running game, then give up a passing play on third-down.

The Birds forced another third-down, and by the grace of the football gods Jay Cutler overthrew a wide open Kellen Davis. They probably should have scored, but the D again limited the Bears to only a field goal.

The offense took the field with under a minute remaining desperately needing to respond with a score, but simply didn't have enough time or protection to really get anything going. If the Falcons want to come back in this one, Matt Ryan absolutely needs better pass protection. There's simply no way Atlanta can win if Ryan can't even get off a pass.

Still, this lead is surmountable, and it's far from time to call it quits just yet. Bears lead 16-3 at the half.


Falcons Vs. Bears Score: Game Tied At 3-3 Early, Julio Jones Makes His First Career Catch

Ladies and gentleman, glorious football is now finally underway at Soldier Field. If the Falcons want to fulfill their high expectations for this season, it all starts here against the Chicago Bears in what should be a great game. 

The Bears started off at their 23-yard line following a strange kickoff penalty due to an illegal formation, and right off the bat the Falcons linebackers were getting their hats on the football almost immediately. However on third-and-seven, the Bears O-line provided Jay Cutler the time he needed to connect with Roy Williams on a 23-yard pass.

Brent Grimes did get his hands on an underthrown pass by Cutler, but Thomas DeCoud couldn't reel in the tipped pass that practically fell into his hands. A 23-yard catch n' run by Matt Forte would result in another Bears third-down conversion. However, in typical "bend-but-don't-break" fashion the Falcons defense planted their feet in the ground and was able to hold the Bears to a field goal, making it 3-0 Bears.

The much-anticipated Falcons offense then finally took the field, and at first glance this game has featured exactly what we've come to expect of Mike Mularkey's group: a heavy dose of Michael Turner and a some short, controlled pass plays. Ryan and company ran the no-huddle and marched down the field in their methodical fashion.

Then on third down, Ryan connected with Julio Jones for his first career reception, good for three yards. However, the Bears D was all over it and the Falcons were forced to kick a field goal. Matt Bryant just got it inside the uprights on a 48-yard field goal, and the game is now tied at 3-3. Good to see the Falcons at least come away with some points there. Stay tuned, folks.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron

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