After they blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead against the Dallas Cowboys last week it seemed like it couldn’t get any worse for the Atlanta Falcons. But somehow they managed to one-up themselves and blow a 16-point fourth-quarter lead to the Chicago Bears this week. At this point in time it seems like the Falcons are cursed. They are the first team in NFL history to blow a 15+ point advantage in the fourth quarter in back-to-back weeks.
This debacle could spell the end for Dan Quinn in Atlanta but let’s take a look at how it all happened. The first quarter was pretty close as it ended 3-6 for Atlanta. The falcons then managed to extend their lead by another 3 points in the second quarter as the score at halftime was 10-16.
The third quarter was great for Atlanta as Trubisky threw an interception which set up another field goal. The Bears’ were already a huge underdog at this point in time. Trubisky was then replaced by Nick Foles who also couldn’t do much in this third quarter as his apparent touchdown was overturned to an interception after review.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter everything still seemed okay for the Falcons as they were leading 10-26. Koo had a shot to extend the lead by three possessions – however once again he missed a clutch time kick.
Nick Foles had another turnover even though it was on downs this time. At this point in the game the Falcons had a 99.3% win probability. Atlanta’s 3 next drives were 3 and-outs but the Bears’ 3 next drives were touchdowns thrown by savior Nick Foles who we knew can perform in clutch time as he did when he won the Superbowl 3 years ago with Philadelphia.
He threw his final touchdown to put the Bears up 30-26 with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter. But the Falcons blew any chance at a comeback when Matt Ryan threw an interception on this final drive.
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Week 3 – September 27, 2020
Line: ATL -2.5 | Over/Under: 46
Chicago Bears (1-0, 1-0 Away) at Atlanta Falcons (0-2, 0-1 Home)
Falcon’s Win Probability: 99.6%