Falcons Snapped Two-Game Losing Streak with Win Over Bears

“We got to do everything better. You got to give Carolina credit. They came out, got the lead, won both lines of scrimmage. It wasn’t pretty”said Coach Arthur Smith on the 25-15 loss to Panthers on Thursday.

Going into Sunday’s game against Chicago at the Mercedes Benz, Grady Jarrett led the Falcons with 4.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hits this season. Rookie running back Tyler Allgeier had a team- high 443 rushing yards this season.

On the opening drive the Falcons took a 7-0 lead with quarterback Marcus Mariota connecting a 2-yard touchdown pass to receiver Drake London.

Chicago came back strong to tie the score 7-7 on their first possession with wide receiver Darnell Mooney scoring a 16-yard touchdown.

Shortly afterwards it was Chicago’s  Cairo Santos who connected on a 41 yard field goal to propel the lead to 10-7.

HISTORY WAS MADE!!  Now we have to talk about 10 year vet, running back, who played 2 seasons for the Bears, Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson broke the NFL record for most kickoff-return touchdowns in a career with a 103-yard return, marking his ninth in his career.

Patterson surpassed Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington previous record of eight.

In the closing minutes of the 2nd Younghoe Koe kicked a field goal to tie the score 17-17.


For most of the 1st half the Falcons did an impressive job of containing Justin Fields. Heading into the 3rd with so much on the line Marcus Mariota scored a 10 yard touchdown to finally put the Falcons ahead of the Bears again.

At the end of the 3rd quarter the Falcons led 24-17.

Midway through the fourth Chicago’s David Montgomery scored a touchdown to tie the game 24-24.

With less than two minutes left Atlanta’s kicker Younghoe Koo secured the game winning 53-yard field goal to seal the 27-24 win against the Bears.

“I thought it was a really good job on our guys, good team win. Overcame some adversity, some of it our own doing in the first half and kept swinging. Really happy for CP [Cordarrelle Patterson]. Pretty cool when a guy breaks an NFL record. We obviously needed that play, so it was a great team win. “said coach Arthur Smith.

With the win the Falcons improved to 5-6 on the season. This time around offense struggled a bit while defense played better than expected. Overall with so much adversity this team was resilient.

“It starts on top. We’ve got a really cool culture that’s being built here. We’ve got a really cool, just mentality, and you know what, it’s fun because these guys are younger and they’re really embracing that type of mentality because it’s not easy. said Mariota. “It’s not easy to get everybody to buy in. And when things are going south and you’re not winning games, you’ve got two-game losing streak, you know, it’s so easy just to kind of dive and focus on your own individual things and not worry about what’s going on with the team, but our guys have totally bought in. It’s fun to be a part of, and really, like I’m excited for our guys.” 

Injuries and Updates: TE Kyle Pitts tore his MCL and was placed on the injured reserve list Monday.

Up Next: The Falcons are heading on the road to take on the Commanders (6-5) in Washington on Sunday. Kickoff at 1 p.m. ET