Foles finds way in late rally

Bears backup steps in, throws 3 TDs in 4th as Falcons col­lapse again

Daily Press - - Nfl - By Paul Newberry

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

Foles re­placed Mitch 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 to lose back-to-back games in which they led by 15 or more in the fi­nal pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to STATS.

“These last two weeks have been noth­ing short of crush­ing,” Quinn said.

A week ago, the Falcons be­came a na­tional laugh­ing­stock af­ter fail­ing to pounce on an on­side kick, al­low­ing the 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 Pa­tri­ots.

This time, it was Foles, the for­mer Su­per Bowl MVP while with the Ea­gles, who guided the im­prob­a­ble come­back af­ter re­liev­ing the er­ratic Tru­bisky in the third quar­ter.

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

But the Bears 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 TD

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

TODD KIRKLAND/GETTY

QB Nick Foles and WR An­thony Miller cel­e­brate af­ter con­nect­ing for the game-win­ning TD on Sun­day.

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