The Chicago Bears were riding a three-game losing streak coming into the matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Trying to prove themselves and finally get a win, the Bears had their chances in this game. Justin Fields did what his banged-up body would let him but it wasn't enough as the Bears fell to the Falcons 27-24.
Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons Recap
The Bears had their share of chances in this game. But they missed on several scoring chances and the defense couldn't hold Atlanta on their end.
The Falcons got the ball to start this game. They drove all the way down the field on the opening drive and scored a touchdown. Marcus Mariota found Drake London for a two-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Velus Jones Jr. returned it 55 yards setting up the Bears' offense in great field position.
Justin Fields took the Bears' offense straight down the field and threw a 16-yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney.
The game was tied at 7-7 and Atlanta was getting the ball back.
The defense forced Atlanta to punt on their next drive but the Bears couldn't find a rhythm on offense either. The Bears punted but DeAndre Houston-Carson punched the ball out and Chicago recovered!
Unfortunately, the Bears didn't score after the turnover. But the defense was holding its own as the Falcons' offense struggled.
After trading possessions, the Bears were finally able to take the lead. They drove into Atlanta territory and Cairo Santos kicked a 41-yard field goal. The Bears lead 10-7.
When Atlanta got the ball back on offense, things began to change. Cordarrelle Patterson took a handoff and ran for a big gain. But he fumbled and Jaylon Johnson recovered it.
Finally, the Bears were able to capitalize on a Falcons' mistake. Justin Fields led a drive into the red zone that he finished with a four-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 103 yards and a score, extracting whatever momentum the Bears may have had. With a 17-14 lead, the Chicago Bears went back onto the field.
Cairo Santos got another chance to score more points. But he missed the 56-yard field goal attempt and the Bears' lead remained at three.
Before the half, Atlanta quickly drove over the Bears' defense. They managed to kick a field goal and the game went to halftime tied at 17.
The Bears went three and out to begin the third quarter. They traded possessions with the Falcons with punts and Justin Fields taking a big sack. Then Marcus Mariota opened this game up.
Mariota led the Falcons on a big offensive drive. He took the ball into his own hands and ran for a 10-yard touchdown. The Falcons now lead 24-17.
But the Bears weren't out of this game yet. Justin Fields led a drive that ended in a David Montgomery three-yard touchdown run.
With the extra point good, this game was tied again!
The clock was winding down fast. Atlanta got the ball on offense and went to work.
Younghoe Koo nailed a 53-yard field goal giving the Falcons a late lead. But with 1:47 left in the game, the Bears offense had the ball.
Justin Fields was hit hard several times in this fourth quarter. He was grabbing at his left hamstring and also his left shoulder. Running a two-minute offense was going to be difficult for him and it was.
Fields threw to David Montgomery but the ball tipped out of his hands. Atlanta intercepted it and the game was essentially over. The Falcons ran out the clock and beat the Bears 27-24.
Bears Players Notes
At the end of this game, Justin Fields was visibly shaken up and that's a major cause for concern. He's taken a lot of workload over the Bears' four-game losing streak and his health should be a priority.
Also, Kyler Gordon is being evaluated for a concussion. His continued development is crucial for the Bears' defense.
- Justin Fields: 14/21, 153 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 18 CAR, 85 Yards, 1 TD
- David Montgomery: 17 CAR, 67 Yards, 1 TD, 3 REC, 54 Yards
- Darnell Mooney: 4 REC, 29 Yards, 1 TD
- Trestan Ebner: 6 CAR, 8 Yards
- Cole Kmet: 3 REC, 35 Yards
- Equanimeous St. Brown: 2 REC, 24 Yards
- Chase Claypool: 2 REC, 11 Yards
The Bears' defense allowed Atlanta to rush for 149 yards and they struggled to tackle Tyler Allgeier. They allowed Marcus Mariota to throw for 131 yards and rush for 25 yards with one score.
Jaquan Brisker led the Chicago Bears in tackles with 11 total. Jack Sanborn was right behind him with nine. Eddie Jackson had six solo tackles and Kyler Gordon and Nicholas Morrow both had four.
The 27-24 loss drops the Bears to a record of 3-8 and they face a tough test in Week 12. They travel to play the New York Jets fresh off a loss to the New England Patriots.