Chicago forced their will on Atlanta in all three phases of the game, finishing with a 30-12 victory over the Dirty Birds and forcing analysts to reevaluate early predictions of a Chicago fall-off from last season's NFC Championship Game appearance.
The Bears were one-point underdogs heading into the game in a rare trip to the home-underdog line.
Statistically, the game looked much closer than the score would indicate, but the Bears made plays when they counted and controlled the trenches and the clock.
Turnovers were a huge factor in the game, as well, and the Bears played their type of ball, forcing three turnovers, while limiting their own to just one on a batted pass that resulted in the Falcons' only touchdown.
The strategy and game plan devised by the coaching staff was well implemented by the players, and the Bears will head to New Orleans in Week 2 with a 1-0 record
The outcome was truly a team victory, but there were standouts on both sides of the ball that led the way so let's take a few moments to look at the most impressive Bear performances for their Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.