If there ever was a case for the need to score as many points when presented with scoring opportunities this game was it. If the Falcons has taken full advantage of their first three scoring opportunities there would have been no need for the theatrics at the end. Instead of being up 9-3 at the half it would have them cruising to a 21-3 lead over Bears at the half. Instead the Bears were able to keep it close and almost pull off the win after making their adjustments at the half.
The first half was dominated by the Falcons as they were able to get the first three scores and hold the Bears offensively. But it was the Bears who turned it up in the second half by outscoring the Falcons 17-13. The game itself was determined through the air as both Quarterbacks threw for over 300 yards, with Kyle Orton throwing fro 286 and one TD and his counterpart Matt Ryan chipping in one TD and 301 yards. Neither team ran fro over 100 yards harking back to the old run and shoot days in Atlanta.
Chicago took the lead with only 11 seconds left in the game with a 17 yard TD pass from Orton to Rashied Davis. By the looks of things this was not enough time for the Falcons to come back, but in two plays after the kick return the comeback would come to an abrupt end with Jason Elam kicking an 48 yard field goal to ice it with one second left.
This would drop the Bears to a .500 mark after their big win over Detroit last week but can take solace with another solid outing from Orton. Atlanta stays in the hunt for the NFC South being tied with Tampa Bay and Carolina at 4-2 each. Next week will see the Bears take on divisional rivals Minnesota and Atlanta will have the by then come back the next week to take on the Eagles.