Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Falcons Wrapup

Not much to say about the game that hadn't already been said.

The game was half over when, with 11:52 on the clock in the 1st quarter, Vick tried to scramble. He went left, got past Alex Brown, and saw Brian Urlacher right in front of him. He immediately doubled back through the pocket to the right, where Brian Urlacher went right through a block and knocked him down.

The game was mostly over at 5:23 left in the 2nd quarter when DeAngelo Hall committed a pretty blatant pass interference penalty for 25 yards after a Bernard Berrian punt return started the Bears in Atlanta territory. 3 short rushes later, the Gould kicked his second field goal and the Bears had a lead they would not relinquish.

The game was completely over the moment Rex Grossman stepped on the field. When the Atlanta defense had to respect the pass, the Bears would be able to grind the clock and keep their defense off the field.

But as always, the defense got the final word in when they hammered T.J. Duckett for a loss on two consecutive plays starting with 3rd and 1. That's just pure ownership. Vick got a few passing yards in garbage time, but the Bears defense basically shut down the entire operation. Great game all the way.

A few postgame tidbits:

One, Gado is out.

Two, Mike Brown was reportedly ok to play if they needed him but the coaches decided to have him sit out the game after they learned Minnesota lost.

Three, the Bears defense now needs to give up 13 or fewer points to break the points allowed record by the 2000 Ravens. Given the way the the Vikings and Packers looked this weekend I think it's possible.

Fourth, as I'm sure we all know, there are three games left to decide the NFC North champion. If the Bears win one of the Vikings lose one, the Bears win the division.

Finally, Welcome back Rex Grossman! Now let's see some high flyin' offense. The 85 Bears won games 44-0! Come on!


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