Brian Urlacher led the Bears defense in tackles with ten on the day. It was the first time in his ten year career that he intercepted a pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Only three defensive ends were active for this game, starters Israel Idonije and Julius Peppers and reserve end Nick Reed.
Cornerback Charles Tillman forced a fumble out of Michael Turner’s hands in the first quarter. His forced fumble today was his 25th in his nine seasons in the NFL. He has the most forced fumbles among cornerbacks since 2003.
The Bears win today was their 62nd home-opening win. The 62 wins are an NFL best. The Bears have beaten five of the last six opponents who have come to Solider Field for the season opener.
Today marked the first time since September, 16, 2007 against Buffalo that the team tight end Matt Spaeth scored for won.
Safety Brandon Meriweather was out on the field for some plays in the second half gaining some valuable experience.
Falcons WR Harry Douglas who was called “scary fast” in the slot this preseason was held to two catches and ten yards receiving.
QB Jay Cutler posted a quarterback rating of 107.8 while averaging almost 10 yards per game. The last time Cutler posted a quarterback rating that high was in a Week 13 win against Detroit last season.
WR Roy Williams reeled in over 50 yards on four catches. It was the first time since Week 12 of last season that he had over 50 yards receiving in one game.
RB Matt Forte, who is looking for a new contract could earn one very soon with his performance today. On 21 touches, Forte racked up 158 yards and a touchdown from scrimmage, 68 on the ground and 90 through the air.
Ron Jaworski was the only ESPN analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown who picked the Bears to defeat the Falcons today.
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