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Ryan leads 2 TD drives in 4th, Falcons hold off Bears 23-17

CHICAGO (AP) All Matt Ryan was trying to do was make something out of a broken play when he saw tight end Austin Hooper wide open near midfield.

He wound up throwing a huge touchdown pass to help Atlanta squeeze out a season-opening victory.

Ryan connected with Hooper on an 88-yard TD and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, and the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Chicago Bears 23-17 on Sunday.

The butt of jokes following their epic Super Bowl collapse against New England, the Falcons survived as the Bears missed several chances to score a touchdown in the final seconds.

''Can we play better? Absolutely,'' Ryan said. ''Are we gonna try to work on that? For sure. But we'll take a win any day.''

The Bears had a first down at the Atlanta 5 in the closing minute. Glennon's pass to a lunging Josh Bellamy on first down hit off the receiver's hands, and Jordan Howard then dropped a simple catch at the 1.

After another incompletion on third down, Glennon got sacked by Brooks Reed to end the drive.

Atlanta was clinging to a 13-10 lead early in the fourth when a scrambling Ryan fired to a wide-open Hooper near midfield. The second-year tight end from Stanford raced up the right side and stiff-armed Quintin Demps on the way to the end zone to make it a 10-point game.

The Bears then went 75 yards, with Glennon hitting rookie Tarik Cohen for a 19-yard TD midway through the fourth to cut it to 20-17. Earlier Cohen had a 46-yard run on a toss that he turned back the opposite direction.

Atlanta's Matt Bryant answered with a 37-yard field goal, making it 23-17 with 3:24 left.

Hooper, a second-year player from Stanford, felt like he ''lived a lifetime'' as the ball approached him.

''I think I blacked out for a part of it. Then I caught it and I felt like it was almost auto-pilot.''

Ryan was nervous, too.

''When people are covered, your brain just goes off and you throw it and you cut it loose,'' he said. ''Sometimes when you're open, it can be the most difficult.''

For the Bears, it was an all-too-familiar result after going 3-13 and finishing last in the NFC North.

''It burns,'' tight end Zach Miller said. ''It burns inside because it's close. We had ample opportunity.''

Coming off an MVP season, Ryan was 21 of 30 for 321 yards and a touchdown.

Hooper had two catches for 128 yards. Julio Jones added four receptions for 66 yards receiving and Bryant kicked three field goals.

GLENNON SHAKY

In his Bears debut, Glennon didn't silence fans who would rather see No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky. He was 26 of 40 for 213 yards and a TD.

Cohen absorbed several big hits in an impressive debut, finishing with 66 yards rushing and 47 receiving. He reversed field on a 46-yard run, helping set up Howard's 4-yard touchdown near the end of the half.

WHITE HURT AGAIN

Receiver Kevin White found himself in a familiar position, walking off the field with an injury. He had two catches for six yards before hurting his shoulder. White was limited to four games in his first two seasons after being drafted seventh overall in 2015.

QUOTABLE

Falcons: ''Last year was last year. ... We just got in there and got back to work. We just got the win today. We just put our head down and continued to work.'' - Jones on opening with a win coming off the Super Bowl loss.

Bears: ''We could easily have been 1-0 right now standing up here. I think the enthusiasm would be a little bit different, I would think. You know, I think we're capable of getting better as we go.'' - Bears coach John Fox.

INJURIES:

Bears: LG Kyle Long - coming back from right ankle surgery - was inactive. Former Falcon Tom Compton started in his place. ... LB Jerrell Freeman was in the concussion protocol after the game. ... RB Benny Cunningham Jr. hurt his ankle blocking on a pass play early in the second quarter.

UP NEXT:

Falcons: Host Green Bay.

Bears: Visit Tampa Bay.

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Key Players
M. Ryan 2 QB
321 YDs, 1 TDs, 0 INTs
T. Cohen 29 RB
66 YDs, 0 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:24
M.Bryant 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
9
plays
56
yds
4:02
pos
23
17
Point After TD 7:26
C.Barth extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 7:26
M.Glennon pass short right to T.Cohen for 19 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
4:29
pos
20
16
Point After TD 11:55
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
20
10
Touchdown 11:55
M.Ryan pass deep middle to A.Hooper for 88 yards, TOUCHDOWN [A.Hicks].
3
plays
95
yds
0:59
pos
19
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:10
M.Bryant 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
13
plays
76
yds
6:29
pos
13
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:14
C.Barth extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 0:14
Direct snap to T.Cohen. Jo.Howard right end for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Wildcat formation - #8 M. Glennon lined up at WR (right side)
7
plays
75
yds
4:15
pos
10
9
Point After TD 4:29
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 4:29
D.Freeman left tackle for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
83
yds
6:59
pos
9
3
Field Goal 14:55
C.Barth 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-P.O'Donnell.
10
plays
41
yds
4:24
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:56
M.Bryant 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
11
plays
62
yds
7:04
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 30:34 29:26
1st Downs 18 20
Rushing 4 6
Passing 12 11
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 5-11 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 372 301
Total Plays 55 63
Avg Gain 6.8 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 64 125
Rush Attempts 23 19
Avg Rush Yards 2.8 6.6
Net Yards Passing 308 176
Comp. - Att. 21-30 26-40
Yards Per Pass 10.3 4.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 4-37
Penalties - Yards 8-73 4-40
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-59.3 5-48.8
Return Yards 35 115
Punts - Returns 2-24 3-45
Kickoffs - Returns 1-11 3-70
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 1-0 3731023
Bears 0-1 0100717
308 PASS YDS 176
64 RUSH YDS 125
372 TOTAL YDS 301
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 321 1 0 116.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 321 1 0 116.1
M. Ryan 21/30 321 1 0 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Freeman 24 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 37 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 37 1
D. Freeman 12 37 1 6 9
T. Coleman 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 16 0
T. Coleman 8 16 0 7 5
M. Ryan 2 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
M. Ryan 3 11 0 13 19
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Hooper 81 TE
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 128 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 128 1
A. Hooper 2 2 128 1 88 18
J. Jones 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 66 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 66 0
J. Jones 5 4 66 0 25 6
M. Sanu 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 47 0
M. Sanu 9 6 47 0 15 4
T. Coleman 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 42 0
T. Coleman 6 4 42 0 20 5
T. Gabriel 18 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 36 0
T. Gabriel 4 3 36 0 18 3
D. Freeman 24 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 2 0
D. Freeman 2 2 2 0 2 9
D. Coleman 40 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
D. Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Toilolo 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
L. Toilolo 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
D. Jones 6-1 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
B. Poole 6-1 1.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
B. Reed 5-0 2.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Neal 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Trufant 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Campbell 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Riley 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
D. Riley 3-3 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Allen 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 40 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Coleman 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Alford 3-0 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
V. Beasley 2-0 1.0 0 0
D. Kazee 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Kazee 2-0 0.0 0 1
E. Saubert 85 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Saubert 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. McKinley 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Clayborn 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Clayborn 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Goodwin 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Goodwin 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Harris 47 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Harris 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/3 2/2
M. Bryant 3/3 48 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 59.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 59.3 0
M. Bosher 3 59.3 0 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
A. Roberts 1 11.0 11 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 15 0
A. Roberts 2 12.0 15 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Glennon 8 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 213 1 0 86.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 213 1 0 86.8
M. Glennon 26/40 213 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Cohen 29 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 66 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 66 0
T. Cohen 5 66 0 46 16
J. Howard 24 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 52 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 52 1
J. Howard 13 52 1 11 12
M. Burton 46 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
M. Burton 1 7 0 7 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Cohen 29 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 8 47 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 47 1
T. Cohen 12 8 47 1 19 16
Z. Miller 86 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 39 0
Z. Miller 6 4 39 0 12 3
K. Wright 13 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 34 0
K. Wright 4 3 34 0 16 3
D. Sims 88 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 31 0
D. Sims 3 2 31 0 22 3
J. Bellamy 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 27 0
J. Bellamy 4 3 27 0 14 2
D. Thompson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 15 0
D. Thompson 2 1 15 0 15 1
J. Howard 24 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 14 0
J. Howard 5 3 14 0 9 12
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
K. Fuller 5-1 0.0 0 0
M. Cooper 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Cooper 4-0 0.0 0 0
E. Jackson 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Demps 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Q. Demps 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
A. Hicks 3-0 2.0 0 0
L. Floyd 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
L. Floyd 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Trevathan 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Trevathan 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Acho 93 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Acho 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. LeBlanc 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. LeBlanc 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Young 97 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Young 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Goldman 91 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Goldman 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Unrein 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
M. Unrein 1-2 0.0 0 0
N. Kwiatkoski 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Kwiatkoski 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Callahan 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Callahan 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Cunningham 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Cunningham 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Barth 4 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/1 2/2
C. Barth 1/1 54 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 48.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 48.8 3
P. O'Donnell 5 48.8 3 69
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 27 0
D. Thompson 2 23.5 27 0
B. Cunningham 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
B. Cunningham 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 17 0
T. Cohen 3 15.0 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 8 7:04 11 62 FG
5:25 ATL 30 1:06 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 ATL 25 1:39 3 5 Punt
11:28 ATL 17 6:59 11 83 TD
0:14 ATL 25 0:14 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:09 ATL 20 1:59 3 -7 Punt
8:39 ATL 14 6:29 13 76 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 ATL 5 0:59 3 95 TD
7:26 ATL 25 4:02 9 56 FG
0:03 ATL 14 0:03 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:56 CHI 26 2:31 3 7 Punt
4:19 CHI 23 4:24 10 41 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:16 CHI 37 1:48 3 -4 Punt
4:29 CHI 25 4:15 7 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 25 2:51 6 6 Punt
10:10 CHI 45 1:31 3 6 Punt
2:10 CHI 29 4:16 7 32 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:55 CHI 25 4:29 9 75 TD
3:24 CHI 18 3:21 16 68 Downs