- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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.