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First quarter: Bears 10, Falcons 3

9/11/2011
The Bears' Devin Hester is tackled on a kickoff return by the Falcons' Jason Snelling during the first quarter Sunday. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons each scored on their opening possessions, but quarterback Jay Cutler detonated the fireworks by hitting running back Matt Forte for a 56-yard touchdown with 1:11 left in the quarter to give the home team a 10-3 lead.

Forte’s scoring reception came on a simple screen pass with Tyler Clutts and Johnny Knox laying the blocks to screen the running back, who also broke a tackle in route to the TD.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher set up the scoring drive by making a diving interception on a pass from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Having won the opening coin toss, the Bears elected to receive, and Cutler completed four of his first five passes in leading a 10-play drive, spanning 51 yards. Robbie Gould gave the Bears the early lead with a 41-yard field goal with 9:48 left in the quarter.

The Falcons responded with a 10-play drive of their own capped by Matt Bryant’s 48-yard field goal with 5:24 remaining in the quarter.