Falcons-Bears: Atlanta Wins on a Topsy-Turvy Game

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IOctober 12, 2008

Falcons 22, Bears 20
The Falcons have never had as much unity as they do right now. Matt Ryan was epic in today’s game against the Bears. Ryan led the Falcons downfield with a 26-yard Michael Jenkins pass that set up a Jason Elam game-winning field goal.

Elam’s game winning field goal was one of five field goals Elam hit.

Before Ryan’s drive though, the Bears and Kyle Orton put together a drive of their own, which ended up with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Orton to Rashied Davis.

Kyle Orton had 286 yards with one touchdown pass; they key one towards the end of the game. Matt Forte had 76 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Even though Davis had a touchdown, Devin Hester, who was subbing for the injured Brandon Lloyd, had six receptions for 86 yards.

Going back to Atlanta. They proved that they were here to stay in the NFC South. They have come back from being one of the worst franchises in the league, with Bobby Petrino leaving 15 games into the season and Mike Vick going to prison. But rookie quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner are the glue that is keeping this team together.

Matt Ryan threw for 301 yards and a touchdown pass to Roddy White, who has stepped up these past couple of weeks. Michael Turner did not have an outstanding game but did his part, rushing for 54 yards, and backup Jerious Norwood had 31.

Roddy White led the Falcons with nine receptions for 112 yards. The Atlanta Falcons are now one of the tops in the NFC South.


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