On a night filled with missed opportunities, the Bears dropped a 21-14 decision to the Falcons to put an end to their 3 game win streak. A host of miscues including back-to-back 4th quarter fumbles by Matt Forte, a pair of Jay Cutler interceptions, and nine penalties for 65 yards ultimately doomed
As quick glance at the game’s final player statistics would seem to indicate that the Bears did enough to steal a road win, as they outgained
As for the multitude of Bear missed opportunities, the list continues with zero points in 3 of 4 Red-Zone trips, a failed fumble recovery, and a dropped interception. The Sunday night game of the week began in much better fashion for
The Bears were able to get off to a quick start in this one, as Cutler connected with rookie speedster Johnny Knox on a 23 yard TD pass, on the opening 2nd quarter play. The 1st quarter was scoreless. The 7-0 lead did not last long as Matt Ryan struck back with a pair of 2nd quarter TD tosses of his own to Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.
At the half, the Bears trailed 14-7, with the ensuing 3rd quarter playing out uneventfully much as the 1st quarter did. Late in the 3rd quarter, however, the momentum began to swing in the Falcon’s favor. Following an 8 yard reception by Desmond Clark to put the Bears on the doorstep at the Falcon 1 yard line, Matt Forte proceeded to cough up back-to-back fumbles. The first was recovered by
With 3:06 left to play in the 4th however, the Bears couldn’t contain Michael Turner, as he blasted into the end zone on a 5 yard TD dash.
With less than a minute remaining on the clock, the Bears were looking at a 4th and 1 from the
The Bears couldn’t have hoped for more opportunities to get by the Falcons Sunday night. Despite a no-show from Matt Forte and the Bears offensive line, Cutler was able move the ball well enough to create scoring opportunities for
Next week will no be any easier for the Bears, as they travel to Cincinnati to take on a 4-2 Bengals squad that has the weapons to capitalize on any mistakes the Bears may be prone to making. A repeat performance of this week’s careless showing will likely push