With 6:15 left to play in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, the Falcons were sitting on a 10-point lead. They began their drive at their own 15-yard line, with the goal of churning out enough yardage to salt away their first victory of the season
Instead, the Falcons ran little time off the clock and gave the ball back to the Bears twice. And the eventual result was a stunning 30-26 victory for the visiting Chicago Bears.
On the first offensive series beginning at 6:15 to play, while holding a 26-16 lead, the Falcons ran the ball once, which resulted in a 1-yard pickup by running back Todd Gurley. The next two play calls were passes, with throws falling incomplete to receiver Calvin Ridley and tight end Hayden Hurst. The incompletions contributed to only 55 seconds running off the clock. The Bears were able to take over at their own 45-yard line with 5:20 remaining in the game.
Chicago only needed three plays to score a touchdown, which cut the game to a one-score contest at 26-23 in a short amount of time. And when the Falcons got the ball back with 4:21 left to play, the offense ran three consecutive passing plays. Each of the throws fell incomplete, which forced another punt.