CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago Bears, led by a ferocious defense and two touchdown passes from Jay Cutler, mauled the Atlanta Falcons 30-12 on Sunday for an explosive start to the National Football League season.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher, the menacing cornerstone of the Bears defense, intercepted a pass to set up Chicago’s first touchdown then recovered a fumble and ran it in for a score as the high-flying Falcons offence was limited to a pair of field goals for over three quarters.
The Falcons’ lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter when defensive lineman Kroy Biermann returned a tipped Cutler pass 50 yards for the score.
It was one of the few miscues for Cutler, who completed 22-of-32 passes for 312 yards, including touchdown passes to Matt Forte and Matt Spaeth.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)