Bears lose 4th straight to fall to 3-8 in 27-24 loss to Falcons
Heading into today's game, the Bears were looking to win their first game in nearly a month and win their second road game of the year.
It felt different as Justin Fields has been on a historic run as of late with the Bears.
However, despite all the magic that Fields has been dealing out these past five weeks, it hasn't been enough as the Bears lost their fourth straight, 27-24 against the Falcons in Fields' home town of Atlanta.
At one point the Bears had rattled off 17 straight points to take a 17-7 lead in the first half.
But then a Cordarrelle Patterson took a kickoff 103 yards for his record breaking 9th kick return touchdown to bring the game to 17-14.
Younghoe Koo would nail a 40-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half with both sides tied at 17-17.
Fields looked confident as he ended the first half going 7-for-12 through the air for 72 yards and touchdown, while running for another 73 and getting a touchdown as well.
Despite the offensive showcase from both teams in the first half, the second half would be much different as there were only two total touchdowns scored by both sides.
The first came from the Falcons as Marcus Mariota took in a 10-yard rushing touchdown on a zone read to give the Falcons their first lead since 7-0 in the first quarter at 24-17 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
The Bears were able to respond in the fourth quarter when, after a defensive holding call on AJ Terrell on 3rd and goal, David Montgomery scored a two yard touchdown to tie the game back up at 24 with 8:16 left to play in regulation
On the ensuing drive, the Falcons were able to drain 6:29 off the clock before Koo knocked in a 53-yard field goal to give the Falcons lead back with 1:47 left.
Would this finally be the time that Fields could march his team down the field to tie or win the game? Unfortunately for him and the Bears, the answer was no.
Offensive coordinator Luke Guetsy decided to call two designed QB runs after the Falcons had already gotten four sacks on Fields and it was visible that he was shaken up.
Then on 3rd and 5 Fields was pressured in the pocket and had to jump to make a pass which went off the finger tips of Montgomery and landed in the hands of 3rd year safety Jaylinn Hawkins, sealing the game for the Falcons (5-6).
The win for the Falcons also keeps them a 1/2 game out of first place in the NFC South from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5).
Fields finished the day 14-for-21 passing (67%) 153 yards a touchdown and the one interception. While Fields did have 85 yards rushing and a touchdown in the game, he was limited to 12 yards in the second half.
With the loss the Bears (3-8) now move to the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, just behind Carolina (3-8), Las Vegas (2-7) and Houston (1-8-1).
Chicago will stick on the road as they travel back to the Meadowlands for the second time this season as they play the Jets (6-4) at 12:00 p.m. CST on Nov. 27.