The Chicago Bears Week 1 showdown with the Atlanta Falcons was more one-sided than many people expected.
In fact, the Bears came up with a huge 30-12 victory as three-point underdogs.
On offense, the Bears outplayed Atlanta rather thoroughly. Jay Cutler stayed upright and passed for just over 300 yards on 22-of-32 passing.
As for defense, the Monsters of the Midway were stout. Really stout, forcing three Falcon turnovers and even returning one for a touchdown.
Overall, it was a great day on the field for the team.
Here is a quick recap of some of the best moments from this NFC battle.
As the first quarter slowly ran down, the Bears took over at their own 28-yard line after a three-and-out by the Falcons.
On a designed slip screen on 1st-and-10, Forte slid slightly off to the right and got behind his blockers.
Once Cutler got him the ball it was all systems go.
Forte weaved through his blockers untouched for about 20 yards until he bounced off a Sean Weatherspoon hit at Atlanta's 35.
From there, he outraced Dunta Robinson to the end zone for the Bears touchdown.
The score put the Bears up 10-3.
This was the play that led to the aforementioned Matt Forte touchdown.
As the Falcons were putting together a nice little drive and moving the ball into Bears' territory, team captain Brian Urlacher came up with a huge play.
On 2nd-and-2, Matt Ryan rolled right and scanned the field for an open target. Who he found was Brian Urlacher.
Ryan clearly didn't see the Bears linebacker streak across the middle as he was targeting Tony Gonzalez.
Urlacher cut off the pass and made a remarkable, athletic diving interception.
This play was the product of a genius play design by Mike Martz.
Jay Cutler took the snap and made a hard sell on the fake pitch to the left, then kept the ball and rocketed a pass right to Devin Hester who was running a bubble screen.
From there, it was the Hester show, as he made an array of pretty moves while picking up a ton of down-the-field blocks.
Now although he didn't score (despite what replays may have shown), he moved the ball down to the half-yard line where Matt Spaeth would score his first touchdown as a Bear.
The Bears would lead 23-6 after the Robbie Gould extra point.
The Chicago Bears pride themselves on their ability to force turnovers.
In the final minute of the first quarter, Atlanta running back Michael Turner took a handoff for about six yards.
Eventually, safety Major Wright shot up into the hole and wrapped up Turner around his legs. It was then that cornerback Charles Tillman punched the ball out from Turner's grasp with his left hand.
Julius Peppers would recover the fumble.
Brian Urlacher has a monster game for the Bears, totaling 10 tackles, an interception and this fumble recovery.
Backed up to their own territory, Atlanta's offensive line took immense pressure all game.
On 3rd-and-3, Julius Peppers flew around his man and spun Atlanta's Matt Ryan around and forced the ball loose.
And of course, who was there to scoop it up? "Mr. Johnny-On-The-Spot" Brian Urlacher picked up the ball and returned it 12 yards for a Bears touchdown.
The touchdown would put the Bears at a comfortable 30-6 margin.