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Another Falcons collapse: Foles' 3 TDs lead 30-26 Bears win

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By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy speaks with Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) prays after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. The entire Chicago Bears team had the initials of former player Gayle Sayers on their jerseys. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson


Chicago Bears strong safety Tashaun Gipson (38) celebrates his interception of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. The Chicago Bears won 30-26. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) celebrates his touchdown with Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn watches play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball off to Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill (23) against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) misses the catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Darqueze Dennard (34) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) makes the catch ahead of Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley (21) runs against Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham (80) misses the catch in the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley (21) runs against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley (21) runs against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill (23) celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


ATLANTA (AP) The Falcons suffered their second straight fourth-quarter collapse after leading by two touchdowns, this time to backup quarterback Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears, who rallied from a 16-point deficit for a 30-26 win on Sunday that could spell the end for Atlanta coach Dan Quinn.

Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky and threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the Bears, who improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2013.

The Falcons (0-3) became the first team in NFL history lose back-to-back games in which it led by 15 or more points in the final period, according to STATS.

''These last two weeks have been nothing short of crushing,'' said Quinn, the sixth-year coach who desperately needed a good start after two straight losing seasons.

A week ago, Atlanta became a national laughingstock after failing to pounce on an onside kick, allowing the Dallas Cowboys to finish off their comeback from a 39-24 deficit to win 40-39 on a field goal as time expired.

''We found a way to lose these games,'' defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. said. ''It doesn't get no worse than this. We probably found the two worst ways you can lose a football game.''

Under Quinn, the Falcons also blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl after the 2016 season and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots.

This time, it was Foles who guided the improbable comeback after relieving the erratic Trubisky in the third quarter. The former Super Bowl MVP had two apparent touchdown passes overturned by official reviews - and still managed to pull out the victory.

Foles threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to make it 26-16 with 6:24 remaining. The Falcons still appeared in good shape after the Bears failed on a 2-point attempt.

But Chicago got the ball back and moved quickly down the field. Foles connected with Allen Robinson on a short pass that turned into a 37-yard touchdown when Isaiah Oliver and Blidi Wreh-Wilson both missed tackles, allowing the receiver to scoot down the sideline.

After the Falcons went three-and-out on their third straight possession, Foles heaved one with a rusher in his face and connected with Anthony Miller for a 28-yard touchdown with 1:53 remaining.

The Falcons still had a shot, but Matt Ryan was intercepted by Tashaun Gipson to seal it.

Foles finished 16 of 29 for 188 yards. Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was 13 of 22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked twice.

Brian Hill and Todd Gurley each ran for a touchdown and Ryan connected with Hayden Hurst on a short TD pass that helped stake the Falcons to their seemingly comfortable lead.

Trubisky set up Chicago's first touchdown with the second-longest run of his career, a 45-yarder after the Falcons abandoned the the entire middle of the field. He connected on Graham on a 2-yard scoring pass to pull the Bears within 16-10 at halftime.

Foles, who guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl title after the 2017 season, spent one injury-plagued season in Jacksonville before being acquired by the Bears to put some heat on the disappointing Trubisky.

Foles got his chance after Trubisky threw an interception in the third quarter that set up a Falcons field goal, pushing the lead to 26-10.

Foles pushed the Bears down the field, connecting with Miller on a play that was initially ruled a 17-yard touchdown pass even though Darqueze Dennard came away with the ball. After reviewing the replay, the officials ruled that Miller never had control and awarded an interception to Dennard.

With just under 11 minutes remaining, Foles delivered another apparent touchdown on fourth down, connecting over the middle to Robinson on a 21-yard throw. But a replay showed that Robinson trapped the ball against the turf, turning the ball over to the Falcons on downs.

Turns out, Foles was just getting warmed up.

INJURY REPORT

Bears: RB Tarik Cohen left the game in the second half with a knee injury. S Sherrick McManis was knocked out by an ailing hamstring.

Falcons: The Falcons played without six starters, including WR Julio Jones (hamstring). Also missing were LB Foye Oluokun (hamstring), OT Kaleb McGary (knee), DE Takk McKinley (groin), S Ricardo Allen (elbow) and CB A.J. Terrell (COVID-19 reserve list). The Falcons then lost WR Russell Gage (concussion) in the first half, and DT Grady Jarrett (hip) hobbled off in the second half.

UP NEXT

Bears: Return home to face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.

Falcons: Head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a Monday night game to finish off Week 4.

Player Notes
Tarik Cohen Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Chicago Bears running Tarik Cohen may have suffered a torn ACL against the Falcons in Week 3, per ESPN's Adam Shefter. Cohen was returning a punt when a Falcons defender collapsed onto his right leg. The speedster was helped off the field hopping and was carted to the locker room. Cohen recently signed a three-year extension with the team and was a contributor in Week 3 before the injury. The elusive back rushed for a solid 17-yard game in the first quarter and caught a screen pass for a 20-yard gain. The news is not official, but Cohen's season could be over.

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Calvin Ridley Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley continued his breakout season into Week 3. Ridley was targeted a team-high 13 times and hauled in five of them for 110 yards. The former Alabama wideout started his day off quickly with a 63-yard reception in the first quarter that he nearly turned into a touchdown with a dive for the pylon. That makes three straight 100-yard games to start the season for Ridley, who did this one without the benefit of playing alongside Julio Jones (hamstring). Fantasy managers can sit back and enjoy the beauteous results of drafting the 25-year-old, who will be a must-start against the Packers in Week 4.

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John Brown Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (calf) was not able to do anything during the Week 3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He saw two targets, but was held without a catch in the game. He missed most of the second half of the game due to a calf injury. Gabriel Davis stepped up in his absence, but the severity of Brown's injury is unclear. He should be able to bounce back next week against the Las Vegas Raiders. Fantasy owners can count on Brown as a WR3 for that one, assuming he suits up.

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Allen Robinson Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II caught a team-high 10 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown in the Bears 30-26 comeback win over the Falcons in Week 3. Robinson caught passes in all shapes and sizes but none more important than a 37-yard catch-and-run to the house to bring the Bears within striking distance in the fourth quarter. After two quiet games, Robinson showed why many considered him a WR1 in fantasy heading into the season. The Bears switching gears and moving to quarterback Nick Foles in the second half helped and Robinson was a major benefactor. If Foles is under center once again in Week 4, it will stabilize Robinson's fantasy value as a fringe WR1.

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Richard Rodgers Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers was targeted twice and caught both of them for 15 yards. Rodgers took on more playing time after Dallas Goedert (ankle) was forced to leave the game. The Eagles still ran a decent amount of two-tight end sets, leading to Rodgers being on the field and running passing routes more than expected. He'd get more playing time in Week 4 if Goedert missed the game, but he won't be much of a fantasy option even if he plays.

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Cole Beasley Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley surprisingly finished with team-high in receiving yards during the Week 3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He hauled in six of his seven targets for 100 yards. Beasley is quietly having a successful season in Buffalo. However, he won't have great value in most 12-team formats. He could be worth a look as a flex option in PPR leagues versus the Las Vegas Raiders next week.

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Jimmy Graham Sep 27 6:00pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears 30-26 win over the Falcons in Week 3. The Bears offense sputtered early and turned to backup Nick Foles at quarterback in the second half. This move led to a furious Bears comeback and Graham was front-and-center. The veteran tight end caught his first touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky, then made some excellent grabs in the second half with Foles that culminated in a three-yard catch for his second score of the day. Graham may not be putting up elite stats but now has three touchdown catches in his first three games in a Bears uniform.

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Brian Hill Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Brian Hill looked impressive despite his team's gut-wrenching, 30-26 loss in Week 3. Hill saw a season-high 10 touches and looked explosive, hauling in a 22-yard reception and ripping off a 35-yard touchdown run, en route to 80 scrimmage yards. Unfortunately, Hill is the backup unless Todd Gurley II gets hurt. However, it's clear that Atlanta views him as the primary backup to Gurley II, so Hill could have great fantasy value if something were to actually happen to the former Ram. Hill could be a nice waiver wire pickup for anyone who has Gurley II rostered, if they can afford to hang onto him.

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Deontay Burnett Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Deontay Burnett was forced into action in Week 3 and caught three passes for 19 yards. He was targeted four times and was on the field much more than anyone expected after injuries knocked out DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Dallas Goedert (ankle). Burnett could see more of the field next week, but he's not someone that needs to be rostered in most formats.

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Mitch Trubisky Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was benched for Nick Foles in the Bears wild 30-26 win over the Falcons in Week 3. Trubisky was sharp on the first two drives but inaccuracy passing the ball down the field plagued him. With the Bears down 26-10, Trubisky made an awful throw to Jimmy Graham that was intercepted. Head coach Matt Nagy pulled the plug on the very next drive and Trubisky watched as Nick Foles led a furious comeback to send the Bears to a 3-0 record. In the land of fantasy, the fourth-year quarterback posted a decent fantasy line in the first half, thanks to a 45-yard run and one touchdown pass at the end of the first half. But it will be hard to justify starting Trubisky over Foles heading into the team's Week 4 matchup against the Colts.

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Stefon Diggs Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs faced his toughest challenge of the season versus defensive back Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams Defense. He was able to haul in four of his six targets for 49 yards and one touchdown. Diggs appeared to have scored earlier in the game, but was ruled down at the one. Then had another score called back, but at least he was able to officially get one touchdown in the victory. Diggs has proven himself to be a reliable fantasy option this season. He'll have low-end WR1 upside against the Las Vegas Raiders defense in Week 4.

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Jake Elliott Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made all three of his field goal tries and both of his extra point tries in a Week 3 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. Elliott was one of the only consistent members of the Eagles roster in Week 3, making kicks from 27, 42, and 54 yards. He wasn't given the chance to make a long field goal for the win in overtime, though. Elliott should continue to be a solid fantasy kicker despite all of the issues on the Eagles offense.

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Nick Foles Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles completed 16-of-29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Bears thrilling 30-26 comeback win over the Falcons. The Bears trailed 26-10 midway through the third quarter when head coach Matt Nagy pulled the plug on Mitchell Trubisky and went to Foles. The veteran passer came off the bench to torch the Falcons and leading the Bears to 20 fourth-quarter points for the victory. Foles almost had five touchdown passes but two were reversed after review, one of them leading to his lone interception in the game. Nagy was tight-lipped about the Bears quarterback situation moving forward but it will be hard to justify not sticking with Foles heading into Week 4.

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John Hightower Sep 27 5:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver John Hightower made two catches in a Week 3 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hightower was targeted three times, and gained 19 yards on his two catches. With injuries throughout the Eagles receiving group, Hightower may end up with a much more important role in the passing game in Week 4. He's worth a speculative add in deeper formats, but is not a starting option yet at this point.

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DeSean Jackson Sep 27 5:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was forced to leave the game in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury. We was targeted four times, catching two passes for 11 yards before leaving. Jackson and tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) both had to exit, leaving the Eagles with Greg Ward as the top receiving target. The Eagles offense was a mess when everyone was healthy. Things could get uglier next week if guys don't heal up quickly.

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Eric Ebron Sep 27 5:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron caught five of seven targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. Ebron made an excellent catch on a 10-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the right corner of the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. The big performance in Week 3 comes after two slow games to start off the year for Ebron. The veteran tight end now has nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown through three games. He will remain a TE2 in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans.

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Todd Gurley Sep 27 5:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II carried the ball 14 times for 80 rushing yards and a score while catching both targets for two receiving yards in a heartbreaking loss to the Bears. Gurley II ran well, picking up good chunks of yards, including a long of 16 yards. It's worth wondering whether Atlanta should have gone to Gurley II more often in the second half, holding onto a lead that kept dwindling as they instead elected to pass the ball. Still, despite teammate Brian Hill ripping off a long score, this was a good day for Gurley II and his fantasy managers. Up next is a Week 4 matchup with Green Bay, who has been susceptible to the run in 2020.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Sep 27 5:40pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense played well in a 28-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. Pittsburgh sacked Deshaun Watson five times in the game and picked off one of his passes for an interception on the way to improving to 3-0 on the year. Bud Dupree led the way with 1.5 sacks while Mike Hilton had a pass defense and the team's interception. Pittsburgh remains an elite fantasy defense, even in a tough Week 4 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

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Devin Singletary Sep 27 5:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was asked to be the workhorse in the running game for Week 3. Rookie running back Zack Moss (toe) was unable to suit up for this matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Singletary rushed 13 times for 71 yards in the victory. He also caught four passes for 50 yards through the air. Singletary did lose a few carries to T.J. Yeldon and Josh Allen. However, he should remain a reliable RB2 against the Las Vegas Raiders, assuming Moss is sidelined again.

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Tyler Boyd Sep 27 5:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught 10 of his 13 targets for 125 yards during the Week 3 encounter with the Eagles. Boyd took advantage of the extra coverage on A.J. Green, who had just five catches for 36 yards. Although Green has lost a step over the years, opposing defenses may continue to pay him extra attention, which may open things up more for Boyd moving ahead. Fantasy managers should keep him starting in Week 4 against Jacksonville.

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