Again! Falcons blow another double-digit lead

They did it again.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="After blowing a 20-0 lead to the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Atlanta Falcons let a 26-10 fourth-quarter advantage slip away on Sunday. This time they did it on their home field against a team mired in a quarterback controversy.” data-reactid=”17″>After blowing a 20-0 lead to the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Atlanta Falcons let a 26-10 fourth-quarter advantage slip away on Sunday. This time they did it on their home field against a team mired in a quarterback controversy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Nick Foles replaced a benched Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and rallied the Chicago Bears to a stunning 30-26 victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bears quarterback threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns against an embattled Falcons defense as Chicago outscored Atlanta 20-0 in the fourth quarter.” data-reactid=”22″>Nick Foles replaced a benched Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and rallied the Chicago Bears to a stunning 30-26 victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bears quarterback threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns against an embattled Falcons defense as Chicago outscored Atlanta 20-0 in the fourth quarter.

Foles leads stunning rally

Atlanta appeared to have this game wrapped up against a Chicago offense that struggled to get anything going through three quarters. Bears head coach Matt Nagy had seen enough from starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when he threw a third-quarter interception that the Falcons converted into a field goal to increase their lead to 26-10.

Chicago Bears strong safety Tashaun Gipson (38) celebrates his interception of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Chicago Bears strong safety Tashaun Gipson (38) celebrates his interception of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Tashaun Gipson’s late interception of Matt Ryan sealed another stunning Falcons collapse. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The field goal marked the last points Atlanta would score, as Nick Foles took over from there. Foles finished completing 16-of-29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in less than two quarters as the Bears improved to 3-0.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He almost had another touchdown on this first that was turned over via a controversial replay review. Foles connected with Allen Robinson in the end zone on a 21-yard pass that was initially ruled a touchdown on the field. Officials determined upon review that Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard&nbsp;came up with the ball for an interception instead.” data-reactid=”37″>He almost had another touchdown on this first that was turned over via a controversial replay review. Foles connected with Allen Robinson in the end zone on a 21-yard pass that was initially ruled a touchdown on the field. Officials determined upon review that Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard came up with the ball for an interception instead.

The next two possessions didn’t go much better for Chicago, ending in a punt and a turnover on downs in the red zone.

Bears capitalize on sputtering Falcons offense

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="But then the Bears offense caught fire. Foles led a 2:50 drive on their next possession that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. The Falcons then went three-and-out for a second straight possession, and the Bears responded with a 55-second drive capped by a 37-yard Foles touchdown pass to Robinson to cut their deficit to 26-23″ data-reactid=”42″>But then the Bears offense caught fire. Foles led a 2:50 drive on their next possession that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. The Falcons then went three-and-out for a second straight possession, and the Bears responded with a 55-second drive capped by a 37-yard Foles touchdown pass to Robinson to cut their deficit to 26-23

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Another Falcons three-and-out set up a 2:06 Bears drive that ended with a 28-yard pass from Foles to Anthony Miller to take an unlikely 30-26 lead.” data-reactid=”43″>Another Falcons three-and-out set up a 2:06 Bears drive that ended with a 28-yard pass from Foles to Anthony Miller to take an unlikely 30-26 lead.

Atlanta still had a chance to answer, getting the ball back with 1:53 remaining. But Matt Ryan’s interception to Bears safety Tashaun Gipson sealed the Falcons’ fate.

This feels familiar

Atlanta will have a lot of questions to answer after a second-straight stunning collapse led to an 0-3 start, most notably concerning head coach Dan Quinn’s job security.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sunday’s loss has become frustratingly familiar to Falcons fans, especially on the heels of last week’s collapse against the Cowboys. The Falcons led that game 39-24 with 7:57 remaining, only to watch the Cowboys reel of 16 unanswered points for a 40-39 win.” data-reactid=”47″>Sunday’s loss has become frustratingly familiar to Falcons fans, especially on the heels of last week’s collapse against the Cowboys. The Falcons led that game 39-24 with 7:57 remaining, only to watch the Cowboys reel of 16 unanswered points for a 40-39 win.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Quinn helmed the 2016 Falcons team that blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The sixth-year head coach is now coming off consecutive seasons missing the playoffs and is on pace for a third with Sunday’s loss to the Bears.” data-reactid=”48″>Quinn helmed the 2016 Falcons team that blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The sixth-year head coach is now coming off consecutive seasons missing the playoffs and is on pace for a third with Sunday’s loss to the Bears.

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