Week 1 Falcons 20 - Bears 26

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  1. biggcoug65

    biggcoug65 49er for Life

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    The Falcons came into Soldier Field looking for a win, but turnovers proved too costly for them as the Bears came out victorius.
    The Falcons took the opening kickoff and drove down the field for 75 yards, ending with a Matt Ryan TD pass to Julio Jones, the first of his career, making it 7-0 Falcons.
    The Bears then took their turn on offense, driving down the field, punding the ball with Forte, where he ended the drive with a 9 yard TD run to tie the game.
    On the ensuing drive, Matt Ryan threw 1 of his 4 picks of the game. Chicago did not waste the opportunity and Robbie Gould kicked in a 52 yard Field Goal to put the Bears up by 3, 10-7.
    The Falcons drove down the field, and tied the game up on a Matt Bryant 23 yard Field Goal with 1:14 left to play in the half. The Bears then executed their 2 minute offense to perfection, driving down the field in less than :40 and scoring a TD on a 39 yard pass from Cutler to Knox.
    Halftime Score: Falcons 10 Bears 17
    The 3rd quarter started out slowly for the offenses, as the only score of the 3rd quarter came on Matt Ryan's 3rd INT of the game to T. Jennings, who returned it 72 yards for a TD, but Gould would miss the kick making it 23-10.
    The Falcons did make it interesting, scoring a TD on the first play of the 4th quarter, a 34 yard strike from Ryan to Douglas, making the score 23-17.
    The Falcons defense would then hold strong, forcing a Chicago punt. But on the Falcons next drive, Matt Ryan would throw his 4th interception of the game on the Bears 5 yard line with just under 4 minutes to play.
    On the Bears next play, Forte took the handoff, broke a tackle, and scampered 64 yards to put the Bears in Field Goal range. Gould tacked it on just after the 2 minute warning, putting the dagger in the Falcons. 26-17. The Falcons added a let FG to make the game look close, but did not recover the onside kick, leaving Chicago with only a kneel down to end the game.

    Stats -

    Passing:
    M. Ryan - 20-33, 355 yards, 2 TD's, 4 INT's
    J. Cutler - 11-17, 174 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT's

    Rushing:
    M. Turner - 18 for 63 yards, 0 TD's, 3.5 ypc
    M. Forte - 22 for 166, 1 TD, 7.5ypc

    Receiving:
    T. Gonzales (ATL) - 6 for 92 0 TD's
    H. Douglas (ATL) - 5 for 116, 1 TD
    J. Jones (ATL) - 3 for 60, 1 TD
    R. White (ATL) - 3 for 35, 0TD's
    J. Knox (CHI) - 4 for 77, 1 TD
    M. Forte (CHI) - 4 for 39, 0 TD's

    Defense:
    INT's - D. Moore (CHI), T. Jennings (CHI) TD, K. Hayden (CHI), L. Briggs (CHI)

    Turnovers:
    ATL - 4
    CHI - 0

    Players of the Game:
    M. Forte (CHI) and T. Jennings (CHI)

    Good Game @krbaseball
     
  2. Big D

    Big D Walk On

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    Nice write up.

    Hard to win when the turnover differential is -4! I've found in Madden (much like real life) that if you take care of the football you become very tough to beat. There were a couple of seasons in the OMFL (including my first championship year) that I went into ultra conservative mode to avoid turnovers. . .seemed to work.

    You'll find your niche and be OK. Glad you could pop your cherry!
     

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