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A Loss That Hurts in More Ways Than One


It was a comeback that should of put them at 4-2 and suddenly in control of the NFC North. Instead the Bears today are again licking their wounds and answering questions of how and why. The team seemed well on their way to what was going to be a huge 20-19 win after Kyle Orton hooked up with Rashied Davis on an amazing TD with 11 seconds left. That’s where the problems started.

The team had been having issues all day on special teams, and the decision was made right away to squib the ensuing kickoff instead of giving a shot to Jerious Norwood, who already had taken a kick back 85 yards, and averaged 44.5 yards on the day in four returns.

The Falcons were ready for the kick, and it was picked up right away by Harry Douglas, who took it 10 yards to the Falcons 44 with six seconds left. Then on first down, Matt Ryan, who had a great day against the Bears, dropped back and looked pressure in the face and fired what was a great throw to Mike Jenkins.

Where was the secondary, and why was Jenkins SO wide open on the play? That is yet another question that the team is going to have to figure out through film. They picked on the secondary all day, and Ryan had his breakout day with 301 yards throwing. Why Jenkins was able to make the catch and not get hammered trying to break up the play was the game-breaker.

The 48-yard field goal by Jason Elam was nothing more than a foot note. You knew that he was going to make it, even more so after he missed the chip shot moments earlier that would have iced the game for the Falcons. Now, the team is right back to .500, and they seem more today like a team with a lot of “what ifs” instead of a team that should be ready for a playoff run in a weak division.

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