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Bears Play Hard; Can’t Finish As They Fall to Falcons 23-17

The Bears played competitive and looked like a team that could do some things for about 45 minutes on Sunday, but lost track of one big tight end in the final quarter, and it cost them in an eventual 23-17 loss to the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.

Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, as the Falcons escaped with a six-point win in a game the Bears could have won.

“I think right now we’re a pretty good football team,” Bears coach John Fox said.

For the most part he’s right, but the defense leaving Hooper open in the middle of the field at midfield for an eventual touchdown was more like the Bears of the last two years than a new look team that is hoping to turn the corner in 2017.

The Bears did put up a great fight, and were five yards away from a possible upset before Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed sacked Bears QB Mike Glennon to end the final threat for Chicago.

“Nothing will replace a win, but I think we’re going to be competitive with everyone in the NFL,” Glennon said.

Overall Glennon was okay in his Bears debut, going 26 of 40 for 213 yards and a TD. He did get the Bears in a position to win the game before the final quarter letdown in which Atlanta outscored the Bears 10-6.

While the loss huts, there could be more bad news as wide out Kevin White was yet again injured for the Bears, and an ESPN report stated that the Bears feared White had broken his collarbone and could be lost for the season, yet again.

In his third NFL season after being drafted No. 7 in 2015, White has played in only five games and finished just three. He had two catches for 6 yards before departing Sunday.

Here’s hoping he’s okay, and that the Bears are able to get back on track in week two, getting ready to turn the corner once and for all for 60 minutes, not just 45.

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