Bears Lose a Heartbreaker to Atlanta 23-17

Adnan Bašić, Staff Reporter

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Photo courtesy of WGN Radio

The Chicago Bears came so very close to pulling off a major week one upset, narrowly losing to the Atlanta Falcons 23-17 at Soldier Field.

The Bears gave the reigning NFC champions a run for their money, but couldn’t get the job done. Chicago kept the game close throughout, holding last season’s NFL MVP Matt Ryan relatively quiet. However, a 73 yard touchdown throw by the quarterback in the third quarter seemed to put a win out of reach. The Bears responded with a touchdown of their own soon after, making it a six point game.

Chicago got the football back with minutes left it the contest, and drove down the field. The Bears offense got into the red zone in the final possession. However, two drops and a sack later, and Chicago was stopped by the Atlanta defense in the very end.

The major storyline going into this game for the Bears was at the quarterback position. In the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Chicago took Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina. Most fans were not too pleased with the selection, but at least imagined him as the quarterback of the future. However, that was not the case, as head coach John Fox announced that Mike Glennon would be starting for the Atlanta game. The faithful fans were furious. Many cried out on social media, which only added more pressure to the situation.

All eyes were on Glennon to perform, and perform he did. To the surprise of many, Glennon lead the Bears offense well against a phenomena Atlanta defense. Throwing for 213 yards, and completing 26 out of 40 passes, the NC State graduate helped Chicago put 17 points on the board. He showed his true ability at the end of the game. With the Bears down six with time running out in the 4th quarter, Glennon lead the Bears down the field into the red zone. If it weren’t for two drops in the end zone, Glennon would have completed the upset, becoming a Chicago hero. Sadly, he ended the game on his backside, being sacked on the final play of the game. He did his best, and won some approval from Bears fans in the process.

The Bears head off to Tampa Bay for a week two matchup against the Buccaneers. In recent seasons, Chicago has had a tough time in week two games. The Bears must take their momentum into Tampa, and come back to Chicago with a victory. If not, this season could be yet another long and painful one for Bears fans.

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