The Atlanta Falcons (4-1) were able to hold off the Chicago Bears (3-2) Sunday night and did a great job shutting them down in the red-zone. Thomas DeCoud got his first of two interceptions off Jay Cutler in the first quarter on the nine yard line. The Bears were driving and looking like they were going to score. The Falcons stopped the Bears again later in the game, as they stuffed Matt Forte and forced two fumbles in a row from the Bears running back. They recovered the second one and the Bears came away empty handed again in the red-zone. The Falcons defense did a great job shutting the Bears running game down, holding Matt Forte to 23 yards on 15 carries (1.5 avg).
Matt Ryan did a good job leading his team to victory. He didn’t have great numbers, throwing for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 19/33 attempts. Both touchdowns came in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 14-7 halftime lead. Michael Turner struggled, only rushing for 30 yards on 13 carries(2.3 avg). With 34 seconds left, the Bears had 4th and 1 on the Falcons’ 5 yard line. A false start by the Bears’ OT Orland Pace moved the Bears back to 4th and 6, and the Falcons were able to break up Cutlers’ pass to TE Desmond Clark. As much as the Bears gave this game away, the Falcons defense has to get a lot of the credit as they forced the Bears into three turnovers. The Falcons are on the road against the Dallas Cowboys next week.