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Sport Another Falcons collapse: Foles' 3 TDs lead 30-26 Bears win

04:41  28 september  2020
04:41  28 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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ATLANTA (AP) No matter how bad things might have seemed a week ago, the Atlanta Falcons somehow managed to make it even worse.

Yep, another epic fourth-quarter collapse.

This one could spell the end for embattled coach Dan Quinn, who already carried the burden of the biggest squandered lead in Super Bowl history.

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The Bears have agreed to trade a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville in exchange for quarterback Nick That’s led the Jaguars to reverse course and part ways with Foles ahead of the 2020 season. Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was on the Eagles staff during Foles ’ first Philly stint and quarterbacks

Chicago Bears 30, Atlanta Falcons 26. Foles finished 16-of-29 passing for 188 yards, three TDs and one INT in less than two quarters. With Sunday's game ending in a 30 - 26 defeat, the Falcons blew their second 15-point, fourth-quarter lead in as many weeks, but coach Dan Quinn and his players

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) prays after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. The entire Chicago Bears team had the initials of former player Gayle Sayers on their jerseys. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson © APWF Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) prays after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. The entire Chicago Bears team had the initials of former player Gayle Sayers on their jerseys. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

The Falcons surrendered a 16-point advantage in the final 6 1/2 minutes to the Chicago Bears, who got three touchdown passes from backup quarterback Nick Foles and pulled out a 30-26 win on Sunday.

It would have seemed downright improbable - if it hadn't happened for the second week in a row.

Atlanta (0-3) became the first team in NFL history to lose back-to-back games in which it led by 15 or more points in the final period, according to STATS.

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Chicago’s Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to hand the Atlanta Falcons another humiliating defeat, rallying the Bears from a 16-point deficit for a 30 - 26 victory on Sunday. The Bears , improving to 3 -0 for the first time since 2013, became the second straight team to overcome a

a group of football players playing a football game: 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) © APWF 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)

''These last two weeks have been nothing short of crushing,'' said Quinn, the sixth-year coach who desperately needed a strong start to the season after two straight losing campaigns.

A week ago, Atlanta became a national laughingstock after failing to pounce on an onside kick, allowing the Dallas Cowboys to finish off their comeback from a 39-24 deficit to win 40-39 on a field goal as time expired.

''It doesn't get no worse than this,'' defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. said. ''We probably found the two worst ways you can lose a football game.''

Under Quinn, the Falcons also wasted a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl after the 2016 season and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots.

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Another December injury to Carson Wentz sparked another string of stellar performances by quarterback Nick Foles , leading the defending Super Bowl champions back to the playoffs after we’d all left them for dead. Next up, the Bears . And, once again, the Eagles are being doubted, overlooked.

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a football player holding a bat on a baseball field: Chicago Bears tight end Demetrius Harris (86) runs against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © APWF Chicago Bears tight end Demetrius Harris (86) runs against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Quinn faced questions about his job security after the latest debacle. He insisted that he's only focused on turning things around.

a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

''I need to be the same guy on our best days and on our worst days,'' Quinn said. ''Anything past that does not help the team. All I can focus on is us finishing better. That's where my focus needs to be.''

This time, it was Foles who guided the improbable comeback after relieving erratic Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter, pushing the Bears to 3-0 for the first time since 2013.

The former Super Bowl MVP won it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:53 remaining.

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Foles caught another pass against in their season-opening win against the Falcons , but this time it just went for a first down. The play, this time called “Philly Philly” involved some trickery, but it wasn’t quite the same play as the acclaimed “Philly Special.” It actually resembled the pass that Tom Brady

''Pretty special,'' said tight end Jimmy Graham, who had a pair of touchdown caches. ''He was out there ad-libbing a bit for sure and checking and changing some plays. There's one play he called, I'm like, `We got that?' So it was pretty cool to see and pretty cool to be a part of.''

a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © APWF Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Foles had two apparent touchdown passes overturned by official reviews - and still managed to pull out the victory.

He tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Graham to make it 26-16 with 6:20 to go. The Falcons still appeared in good shape after the Bears failed on a 2-point attempt.

But Chicago got the ball back and moved quickly down the field. Foles connected with Allen Robinson on a short pass that turned into a 37-yard touchdown when Isaiah Oliver and Blidi Wreh-Wilson both missed tackles, allowing the receiver to scoot down the sideline.

After the Falcons went three-and-out on their third straight possession, Foles heaved one down the middle of the field with a rusher in his face. Miller hauled it in for the winning score.

a football player holding a bat on a field: Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) celebrates his touchdown with Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) celebrates his touchdown with Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Falcons still had a shot, but Matt Ryan was intercepted by Tashaun Gipson to seal it.

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Foles finished 16 of 29 for 188 yards. Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was 13 of 22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked twice.

Brian Hill and Todd Gurley each ran for a touchdown and Ryan connected with Hayden Hurst on a short TD pass that helped stake the Falcons to their seemingly comfortable lead.

Of course, no lead is safe for the Falcons.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn watches play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn watches play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Especially with Foles recapturing some of the magic he had in guiding the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl title three seasons ago after replacing the injured Carson Wentz.

Foles spent one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville, then was acquired by the Bears to put some heat on the disappointing Trubisky.

Trubisky set up Chicago's first touchdown with the second-longest run of his career, a 45-yarder after the Falcons abandoned the the entire middle of the field. He connected on Graham on a 2-yard scoring pass to pull the Bears within 16-10 at halftime.

But Foles got his chance after Trubisky threw an interception in the third quarter that led to a Falcons field goal, pushing the lead to 26-10.

a football player holding a bat on a baseball field: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball off to Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill (23) against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball off to Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill (23) against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

''It kind of happened out of nowhere,'' Trubisky said. ''I just accepted the news. I had Nick's back like he's had mine. The situation sucked, but it was just the flow of the game and how it happened and coach made the decision that he felt was best for the team.''

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Foles pushed the Bears down the field on his first possession, connecting with Miller on a play that was initially ruled a 17-yard touchdown pass even though Darqueze Dennard came away with the ball. After reviewing the replay, the officials ruled that Robinson never had control and awarded an interception to Dennard.

With just under 11 minutes remaining, Foles delivered another apparent touchdown on fourth down, connecting over the middle to Robinson on a 21-yard throw. But a replay showed that Miller trapped the ball against the turf, turning the ball over to the Falcons on downs.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) misses the catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) misses the catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Turns out, Foles was just getting warmed up.

INJURY REPORT

Bears: RB Tarik Cohen left the game in the second half with a knee injury. S Sherrick McManis was knocked out by an ailing hamstring.

Falcons: The Falcons played without six starters, including WR Julio Jones (hamstring). Also missing were LB Foye Oluokun (hamstring), OT Kaleb McGary (knee), DE Takk McKinley (groin), S Ricardo Allen (elbow) and CB A.J. Terrell (COVID-19 reserve list). The Falcons then lost WR Russell Gage (concussion) in the first half, and DT Grady Jarrett (hip) hobbled off in the second half.

a person swinging a bat at a ball: Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes the catch ahead of Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © APWF Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes the catch ahead of Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

UP NEXT

Bears: Return home to face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.

Falcons: Head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a Monday night game to finish off Week 4.

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