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Nick Foles sparks Chicago Bears to fourth-quarter comeback as Atlanta Falcons collapse late again

Benching starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for Nick Foles proved to be the spark the Chicago Bears needed to orchestrate an ending that felt all-too-familiar for the Atlanta Falcons.

Foles stepped in for Trubisky in the third quarter of Sunday's game and keyed a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback and 30-26 win for the Bears, who moved to 3-0.

Trailing by 16 in the fourth quarter, Foles threw for three touchdowns in the final seven minutes, including the go-ahead score on a 28-yard connection to wide receiver Anthony Miller. He finished with 188 yards on 16-of-29 passing.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan thew an interception to safety Tashaun Gipson with 1:06 remaining to seal the result. Atlanta saw a sizable fourth-quarter lead evaporate for the second consecutive week after falling 40-39 to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, allowing 16 points in the final five minutes.

The Falcons became the first team in NFL history lose back-to-back games in which it led by 15 or more points in the final period, according to STATS.

“These last two weeks have been nothing short of crushing,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the game.

Asked about whether he had spoken after the game with Falcons owner Arthur Bank about his standing with the organization, Quinn said he was keeping his focus on the team.

"We visit every week, pregame, postgame, Mondays through the week," Quinn said. "All I can do is be in front of the team. They need me to be the same guy on our best days and our worst days. Stand tall for them, bring the energy and the coaching and the focus that we need to go win.

"Anything past that does not help the team, so all I can focus on is us playing better and finishing better. So that's where my focus will be and remains to be."

Bears coach Matt Nagy would not commit to a decision after the game on who would be the starting quarterback next week.

“We just want to enjoy the win tonight," Nagy said. 

Anthony Miller #17 celebrates his touchdown with Nick Foles #9 of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trubisky was pulled after throwing an interception to Falcons cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Foles, who was acquired via trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason but was unable to unseat Trubisky for the starting role, threw an interception on his first drive in the game. The play was initially ruled a touchdown to wide receiver Allen Robinson but was overturned on review.

Foles had another scoring strike negated when officials ruled that a fourth-down pass to Miller in the fourth quarter hit the ground.

Trubisky completed 13 of 22 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and the interception.

The comeback was the second of the Bears' early campaign after Chicago rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.