All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
I know a few people picked the Chicago Bears to pull off the upset, but I’d wager to guess that even they were surprised that the Bears were hanging with the defending NFC Champions all game long. The game came down to the final seconds and through all his issues, quarterback Mike Glennon did lead his offense down for a chance at victory.
In the fourth quarter Glennon threw 27 passes, completing 18 for 163 yards, and a touchdown (95.1 passer rating). In the previous three quarters he was only 8 of 13 for 50 yards (96.4). The Falcons got to Glennon for 4 sacks, which totaled 37 lost yards.
The running game was clicking pretty good, although they didn’t have a single rush in the fourth quarter. Overall they had 125 yards on 19 carries for a 6.6 average. They had one touchdown on a fun Wildcat play when Tarik Cohen handed the ball to Jordan Howard.
On defense, the Bears held Atlanta’s vaunted running game to a 2.8 average and only 64 yards.
Now on to the snap counts and some other stats for the Bears
All snap counts will be in the following format:
Player - Total O or D snaps (%) - Total ST snaps (%)
M Glennon - 67 (100%)
Acording to Pro Football Focus, Glennon was 4 of 5 for 58 yards, including a touchdown, when he threw a ball that traveled more than 10 yards in the air.
J Sitton - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
B Massie - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
T Compton - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
C Leno - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
C Whitehair - 67 (100%)
Cody Whitehair had two penalties on Sunday, and last season he only had five total. For the game, the Bears had four penalties to eight for the Falcons.
Bobby Massie was the highest graded offensive lineman according to PFF. They only gave him three hurries in the game, and not one negative snap as a run blocker.
J Howard - 38 (57%)
T Cohen - 28 (42%) - 3 (12%)
B Cunningham - 4 (6%) - 6 (23%)
M Burton - 6 (9%) - 6 (23%)
Tarik Cohen had a historical day on Sunday. The rookie had 66 yards on the ground, another 47 yards receiving (plus a TD), and 45 punt return yards, for a Bears rookie season-opening record of 158 total yards. He also led the team in those three categories, and in targets (12) and receptions (8).
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K White - (47) 70%
D Thompson - (44) 66% - 5 (19%)
K Wright - 39 (58%)
J Bellamy - 33 (49%) - 10 (38%)
Kevin White, who may be done for the 2017 season, now has played in five games in his three year career, with 21 receptions, 193 yards and zero TDs.
D Sims - 48 (72%) - 3 (12%)
Z Miller - 40 (60%) - 4 (15%)
A Shaheen - 8 (12%) - 17 (65%)
The tight end position was targeted nine times, with Zach Miller and Dion Sims combining for six catches and 70 yards.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
S McManis - 23 (88%)
C Jones - 23 (88%)
A Amos - 23 (88%)
D Brown - 18 (69%)
D Bush - 13 (50%)
A DePaola - 8 (31%)
P O'Donnell - 8 (31%)
C Barth - 7 (27%)
C LeBlanc - 7 (27%)
B Sowell - 3 (12%)
Patrick O’Donnell had a 48.8 net average and he placed three of his five punts inside the 20 yard line. Connor Barth was perfect on the day, making both extra points and nailing a 54 yard field goal.
M Cooper - 59 (100%) - 5 (19%)
K Fuller - 58 (98%)
B Callahan - 31 (53%)
Kyle Fuller was second on the team with 6 tackles. He also had a pass defended.
Accoring to PFF, Bryce Callahan “was targeted five times and allowed only two catches for 10 yards with zero yards after the catch.”
Q Demps - 59 (100%)
E Jackson - 59 (100%) - 9 (35%)
The starting duo of Eddie Jackson and Quintin Demps had three tackle apiece. PFF had Demps down for missing three tackles.
J Freeman - 56 (95%)
L Floyd - 55 (93%)
D Trevathan - 42 (71%)
S Acho - 40 (68%) - 18 (69%)
W Young - 20 (34%)
N Kwiatkoski - 7 (12%) - 23 (88%)
P McPhee - 4 (7%)
Jerrell Freeman was the games leading tackler with 10. He also had a tackle for loss.
A Hicks - 49 (83%) - 5 (19%)
E Goldman - 40 (68%) - 5 (19%)
M Unrein - 31 (53%) - 8 (31%)
R Robertson-Harris - (18) 31% - 14 (54%)
J Bullard - 21 (36%)
Akiem Hicks was a monster on Sunday, racking up 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, and 3 quarterback hits.
Between Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris, the only stat recorded was a pass defended by RRH.
Here’s one more interesting Pro Football Focus nugget.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio brought the blitz a little bit more than usual in this game. The Bears defense had extra pass rushers on 11 of QB Matt Ryan's 33 drop backs (33%), and they pressured him 11 total times in the game. In 2016, Fangio blitzed on just 19.1% of passing plays, well below the league average of 30.1%.
For more numbers, the ESPN box score and team stats are both pretty good ones to check out for the game’s statistics.
Did any of the numbers stand out to you guys?