Younghoe Koo field goal seals Falcons’ 27-24 win over the Bears

The Atlanta Falcons (5-6) survived a thriller against the Chicago Bears (3-8) in Week 11. Atlanta took the lead with under two minutes remaining following Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal, and the defense did the rest.

Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins intercepted Bears quarterback Justin Fields in the fourth quarter to seal Sunday’s 27-24 win. Here are five takeaways from Atlanta’s fifth win of the season.

Patterson fumbles, recovers, sets NFL record

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Patterson had an uncharacteristic fumble in the third quarter, but he bounced back in a big way. Just a few plays after his fumble, Patterson returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown to keep the Falcons in the game. It was his NFL-record ninth kick returned for a touchdown. Watch Patterson’s game-changing play below.

Return of the sack

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Atlanta’s front seven played their best game since Week 1, sacking QB Justin Fields four times on Sunday. Lorenzo Carter, Grady Jarrett, Arnold Ebiketie and Abdullah Anderson each recorded a sack in Week 11. By the end of the game, Fields was so banged up from the beating that he didn’t look like the same player. Check out Ebiketie’s second-half sack below.

Marcus Mariota was solid

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Following his worst game of the season in Week 11, Falcons QB Marcus Mariota bounced back with a strong performance in Week 12. Mariota led the team down the field for an opening-drive touchdown, and later gave Atlanta a 24-17 lead with his second touchdown in the third quarter. Mariota completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, while adding 25 yards and a rushing touchdown. For now, the talk of Desmond Ridder will quiet down as the team is right back in the NFC South race.

Kyle Pitts goes down

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Kyle Pitts was having one of his better games this season before he went down in the third quarter with a knee injury. Pitts appeared to have suffered a concussion at first, but the team said it was his knee. They did not return to the game. Falcons defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham also suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the second half. Pitts finished Week 11 with three catches for 43 yards.

What’s next for Atlanta?

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In Week 12, the Falcons travel to Washington to take on the 6-5 Commanders. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke has the team playing good football. It will be Atlanta’s last game before the team’s Week 13 bye. It’s a touch matchup, but a winnable one if the Falcons play their best football.

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