NFC North

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

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....

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