Falcons Grounded Under Pressure

The Bear defense played their best game under head coach Dick Jauron. The unit gave the offense several opportunities to take control of the game in the first half, but took it upon themselves to win the game in the second half.

Rosevelt Colvin (3), Phillip Daniels (2), Brian Urlacher (1) and Mike Brown (1) combined for seven sacks. In all, the defense forced five turnovers (three interceptions and 2 fumbles) and scored a touchdown. Chicago knocked out Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler in the first half and had sacked Michael Vick 5 times in the second half on their way to 31-3 in Atlanta.

Urlacher led the charge with one interception, one sack and a 90-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery.

"I think we were in goal line defense. There was a little play-action. Phillip went back there and sacked him. The ball bounced right to me. What more could you ask for? I was really tired. Whenever you touch that ball on defense you get tired," Urlacher said of TD run.

Daniels two-sack effort gives him consecutive games with that output. The defensive end went to the University of Georgia, he wanted to impress the hometown fans.

"I just wanted to have a good game in front of my home crowd, especially my family, who came out here," Daniels said. "I couldn't let them down. I had 195 tickets. I think I did a good job. I might have to bring them all to every game if I play this way."

Changing of the guard: The only down point from the game was the ground attack. James Allen continued to struggle with 12 carries for just 27 yards. Anthony Thomas had a solid effort in limited action. He had 11 rushes for 57 yards including runs of 18 and 32 yards, which rank as the Bears two longest runs from scrimmage this season. The Falcon defense did look tired on his 32-yard run in the fourth quarter. Thomas showed the speed and elusiveness to finish a run. It was his first career touchdown and capped his day with the Bears final score of the afternoon. Despite Thomas' two long runs the remainder of his carries had 7 yards on nine attempts. Still, Thomas is making a case to get more playing time and could overtake Allen as the starter.

Dick Jauron said plays for Thomas were scripted regardless of what happened in the game. The head coach was impressed by the rookie's performance.

"He looked good running the ball," Jauron said. "I would have to see the tape. I thought that he hit some holes and was through them. His size is an advantage and he showed speed when he gets to the secondary along with some elusiveness. He'll be a tremendous player for us."

Marcus Robinson had season highs in receptions (nine) and yards (114) with one touchdown. His 100-yard plus effort marks the seventh time in his career that he went over the century mark.

Robinson credited the defense for inspiring the offense for a second straight game. "The defense played awesome," he said. "They came out and played very well and they just gave us a spark and we fed off them again this week."


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