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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 09:53

Falcons down Bears to open NFC title defense, 23-16

Written by  Gary Sikes
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The Falcons beat the Bears in the Windy City to open the 2017 season.

The Atlanta Falcons (1-0) began their defense of the NFC title with a road win against the Chicago Bears (0-1) in Week 1 of the NFL 2017 regular season. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons, under the tutelage and direction of head coach Dan Quinn, were able to outlast the Chicago Bears for the win, a hard win to say the least.

The Bears defense was much stronger than expected and the Birds had to scrap for every point they put on the board. Atlanta took the lead with 7:03 remaining in the first quarter drawing first blood with a field goal by Matt Bryant. They would hold on to the lead until they went into the locker room at half-time ahead by a score of 10-3 thanks to a herculean effort by Danta Freeman forcing his way into the end-zone.

The third quarter was a different story, as they took the lead for good. and held on to it.  With eight seconds left on the clock a great effort from everyone in the Birds secondary knocking down a pass and icing the game and heading back to Atlanta with the first win in the first game of the regular season.

While the addition of speed and youth has clearly improved the Atlanta defense, the offense was less impressive against Chicago than had been projected. There is no question that the Falcons offense has the tools to average 30+ points a game again this season, but the timing wasn’t there consistently on Sunday. That will change quickly.

Week 2 Matchup

Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

 

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