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

Sun Sep 27 4:46pm ET
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

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)


ATLANTA (AP) Chicago's Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to hand the Atlanta Falcons another humiliating defeat, rallying the Bears from a 16-point deficit for a 30-26 victory on Sunday.

The Bears, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 2013, became the second straight team to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons (0-3).

This one could spell the end for sixth-year coach Dan Quinn, 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.

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

This time, it was Foles who guided the improbable comeback after taking over for Mitchell 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 connected with Anthony Miller for a 28-yard touchdown with 2 minutes 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.

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
Rex Burkhead Sep 27 7:10pm ET

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Dion Lewis Sep 27 7:10pm ET

New York Giants running back Dion Lewis had just one carry for no yards and one catch for 10 yards in a loss to the 49ers on Sunday. None of the Giants running backs could get going in this one, but it was discouraging for fantasy to see Lewis so sparsely used. No Giants running back has more than 30 yards in a game this season so fantasy managers should avoid the trio of Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman, and Lewis for a road matchup with the Rams in Week 4.

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J.J. Taylor Sep 27 7:10pm ET

New England Patriots running back J.J. Taylor saw an increased workload against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. He saw five total rushes during the first two games, but doubled that on Sunday. Taylor rushed 11 times for 43 yards in the victory over the Raiders. It was surprising that he saw that many carries, but the absence of James White (personal) could've contributed to it. Regardless, Taylor shouldn't have much fantasy value going forward and can be left on the waiver wire in most formats.

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Davante Adams Sep 27 7:10pm ET

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Derrick Henry Sep 27 7:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the team's week three win over the Vikings. He also added two receptions for 11 yards. Henry topped 100 yards for the second time in his first three games. He also has five receptions early on this season and has recorded multiple receptions on two occasions. Though that doesn't put him among the elite pass-catching running backs in the league, he recorded multiple receptions in only four games during the entire 2019 campaign. The volume continues to be there and he's a sure fire RB1 in all league formats heading into week four.

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Atlanta Falcons Sep 27 7:00pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons Defense recorded two interceptions and two sacks in a terrible, 30-26 loss to the Chicago Bears. Atlanta looked good against quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, though he was replaced by Nick Foles, who promptly led a comeback at the expense of the Falcons' defense. There won't be many weeks where you can start this unit, so it's best to stay away. They shouldn't be used anywhere with a date against the red-hot Packers' offense in Week 4.

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Evan Engram Sep 27 7:00pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram had another disappointing stat-line in Week 3 versus the 49ers. Engram caught just three passes for 22 scoreless yards on five targets. The New York offense sputtered most of the afternoon and at this point it's hard to trust anyone in the offense. Engram has just 11 catches in the season for only 96 yards through three games. He will be a low-end TE1 in a tough matchup versus the Rams in Week 4.

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Cam Newton Sep 27 6:50pm ET

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was heading into this Week 3 matchup with tons of momentum. Sadly, he wasn't able to take advantage of the weak Las Vegas Raiders secondary. Newton completed 17 of 28 passing attempts for 162 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He also rushed nine times for 27 yards in the victory. It was an average game for Newton in a spot where he should've shined. He'll get a chance to rebound against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.

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Younghoe Koo Sep 27 6:50pm ET

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Sony Michel Sep 27 6:50pm ET

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Mike Williams Sep 27 6:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) is questionable to return to his team's Week 3 contest against the Carolina Panthers. If Williams doesn't return -- or if he misses time with this hamstring injury -- we'll see a lot more of Jalen Guyton on the field. He'd become a deep-league flex option is out in Week 4 against Tampa Bay, though it's too early to start planning for that possibility.

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Tyler Kroft Sep 27 6:40pm ET

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Dallas Goedert Sep 27 6:40pm ET

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Justin Jefferson Sep 27 6:30pm ET

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Wayne Gallman Sep 27 6:30pm ET

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Adam Thielen Sep 27 6:30pm ET

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Olamide Zaccheaus Sep 27 6:30pm ET

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