Chicago Bears Flashback: Nick Foles fuels 4th quarter comeback

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After Cairo Santos missed a 46-yard field goal attempt on the Chicago Bears opening drive, the game’s scoring began in the first quarter when Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan found his tight end, Hayden Hurst, for a one-yard receiving touchdown. After missing the extra point and seeing both teams hit a field goal early, the Falcons’ lead extended to 16-3 with Brian Hill taking a 35-yard rush to the house.

The Chicago Bears were able to answer during the final two minutes of the first half, with Mitchell Trubisky finding Jimmy Graham in the red zone for a two-yard receiving touchdown, cutting the Falcons’ lead to a one-possession game.

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The Falcons opened the third quarter with a drive capped off with a Todd Gurley ten-yard rushing touchdown. On the Bears’ subsequent drive, Mitch Trubisky threw an interception that set up the Falcons for another field goal in the third quarter. To his credit, this interception easily would have been taken back for a touchdown if Trubisky did not make an athletic, chase-down tackle in the open field. Trubisky, for his own glory, also continued an impressive stat with his tackle on the interception return.

That effort was not enough for Mitchell Trubisky as he was replaced by veteran quarterback Nick Foles with a little under 10 minutes to play in the third quarter. The Chicago Bears were unable to do much in the remainder of the quarter, outside of a jump ball to Allen Robinson in the end zone which initially looked like a touchdown but was eventually ruled an interception.