1972-Week 1 Falcons@Bears

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Week 1
Sunday, September 17, 1972

Live on CBS!! … … Well, it looks like Chicago, with a record of 0-0-0 is all set to get this one underway … as they’re ready to kick off to the 0-0-0 Atlanta Falcons … from their 40 yard line …

~ 1st Quarter ~

CHI – 14:50 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Kickoff). That places the football back to the Chicago 35 yard line.

CHI – 14:50 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Here’s Mac Percival’s kick … … … this one will be fielded on the Atlanta goal line … will the Falcons run it out … or kneel to take it at their 20 ?

ATL – 14:32 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Dave Hampton returns the kick off 41 yards … to the Atlanta 41 yard line.

ATL – 14:32 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Face Mask – Flagrant) … and it’s an automatic 1st down for the Falcons. It’s now 1st and 10 from the Chicago 44 yard line.

ATL – 14:02 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Falcons with 0 yards rushing so far … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Profit … he bounces to the outside … reverses direction … leaps over a tackle and is spilled to the turf … … that’s a pickup of 4 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 6 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 13:32 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are showing blitz … Bob Berry is in the shotgun … he bobbles the snap … but gets it to Joe Profit … he tries the right side … AND HE’S BURIED FOR NO GAIN … he’s fortunate he even made it back to the line of scrimmage … it’s now 3rd and 6 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 13:15 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 6 and the Falcons are 0 for 0 on third down … Bob Berry moves up in the pocket … throws to Jim Mitchell … incomplete … … that was thrown into double-coverage and Bob Berry is fortunate it wasn’t picked off … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 6 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 13:05 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Falcons are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Man Downfield on the kicking team). It’s now 4th and 11 from the Chicago 45 yard line.

ATL – 13:05 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets it away … … … this will land in the endzone …. about 7 yards yards deep …

CHI – 12:52 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Ron Smith won’t even touch it … as it rolls dead in the endzone … Chicago will scrimmage the football at their own 20 … first down and ten yards to go.

CHI – 12:22 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Chicago with 0 yards on the ground so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … on a sweep … right side … rounds the corner … cuts to the middle … still going … and finally corralled … a big pickup of 22 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 42.

CHI – 11:49 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Jim Harrison is the ball carrier … he runs for -1 yard and fumbles the football … Rich Coady recovers the fumble … and he returns it for zero yards … … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Chicago 41 yard line.

CHI – 11:19 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears have put the ball in the air 0 times and they’re passing here … Bobby Douglass throws right … Earl Thomas has it at the Chicago 44 … threads his way through traffic … and is downed at the Atlanta 48 yard line … a gain of 11 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 48.

CHI – 11:02 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Chicago with a double tight end Formation … Bobby Douglass hands it to Jim Harrison … and he’s quickly wrestled to the ground … the Falcons with relentless pressure … no gain … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 48.

CHI – 10:32 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass in shotgun … hands it off to Jim Harrison … it’s a draw play … right behind the center … hit behind the line … and he’s fortunate to make it to the line of scrimmage … a solid effort … but no gain in the stat column … it’s now 3rd and 10 from the Atlanta 48.

CHI – 10:02 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 10 and the Bears are 0 for 0 on third down … Bobby Douglass JUST got it away … Jim Seymour has it … but there is no running room at all … snowed under at the Atlanta 42 yard line … a miniscule gain of 6 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 4 from the Atlanta 42.

CHI – 10:02 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 09:47 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Willie Belton won’t get to this one as it goes out of bounds … … lets see where the officials spot it … … … … … … OH, MY !! … it’s spotted at the Atlanta 3 yard line.

ATL – 09:17 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Falcons set up in the shotgun … they’ve got 4 yards rushing so far … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … heads left … now veers to the right … through the line … and out the other side … and now he’s up-ended … a gain of 7 yards … it’s 2nd and 3 from the Atlanta 10 yard line.

ATL – 08:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 2nd and 3 … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … feeling his way through the middle … finds a seam … breaks a tackle … and he’s wrapped up after a decent pickup of 7 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 17.

ATL – 08:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – There’s 08:42 left in the 1st Quarter … Bob Berry backs from center into the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … he carries it off-tackle … left side … now lunges forward as he’s caught from behind … a gain of 3 yards … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Atlanta 20 yard line.

ATL – 07:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are showing blitz … and now they back off … Bob Berry is in the shotgun … drops the snap … now he has it and gives it to Art Malone … he tries the left side … AND HE’S DROPPED FOR NO GAIN … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 20.

ATL – 07:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and the Falcons are 0 for 1 on third down … Bob Berry throws … caught by Ken Burrow … and he’s quickly hit and downed at the Atlanta 26 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 6 yards … the Falcons now face a 4th and 1 from the Atlanta 26.

ATL – 07:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 06:57 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Ron Smith fields it at the Chicago 22 … and returns the punt 5 yards … to the Chicago 27 yard line.

CHI – 06:57 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Holding). It’s now 1st and 25 from the Chicago 12 yard line.

CHI – 06:27 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass from Pistol Formation … takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … running to his left … not much there … breaks a tackle … and another one … and now he’s brought down after a decent pickup of 7 yards … it’s 2nd and 18 from the Chicago 19 yard line.

CHI – 05:57 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Cyril Pinder is the ball carrier … he runs for -2 yards and fumbles the football … Bob Asher recovers the fumble … and he returns it for zero yards … … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 20 from their own 17.

CHI – 05:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Chicago in Pistol Formation with 26 yards on the ground so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he’ll carry it … running to his left … nice block … bulldozing his way forward … and now he’s brought down … that’ll be a gain of 18 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 2 from the Chicago 35.

CHI – 05:27 – ( 0 – 0 ) – The Bears are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Formation). It’s now 4th and 7 from the Chicago 30 yard line.

CHI – 05:27 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 05:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Ray Brown fields it at the Atlanta 41 … and returns the punt 15 yards … to the Chicago 44 yard line.

ATL – 04:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Bob Berry in the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … running to his right … and the Bears swarm to meet him … and he’s held to a gain of 4 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 6 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 04:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – Bob Berry in the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … running to his right … and the Bears swarm to meet him … and he’s held to a gain of 2 yards … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Chicago 38.

ATL – 03:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 4 and the Falcons are 0 for 2 on third down … Bob Berry … dumps a short one to Jim Mitchell … tries to worm his way ahead … and he’s spilled at the Chicago 32 yard line … a miniscule gain of 6 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 32.

ATL – 03:12 – ( 0 – 0 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … there’s 03:42 left in the 1st Quarter … Bob Berry fakes the hand-off … quick toss to James Snyder at the Chicago 29 … trying to get to the outside … and he’s pulled down at the Chicago 22 yard line … a gain of 10 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 22.

ATL – 02:42 – ( 0 – 0 ) – We have 03:12 left in the 1st Quarter … Bob Berry takes the snap … hands it to Joe Profit … he runs left … darts inside … hit hard and brought down … … short of a 1st Down … a gain of 3 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 7 from the Chicago 19.

ATL – 02:02 – ( 6 – 0 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … gives it to Joe Profit … he steams thru the line … … grabbed from behind … AND HE DRAGS TWO BEARS INTO THE END ZONE !!! … a 19-yard touchdown.

ATL – 02:02 – ( 7 – 0 ) – … and Bill Bell’s point after is good !!

ATL – 02:02 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bill Bell with the kick … … a high lofted kick … and the Bears will field it … about 5 yards into their endzone …

CHI – 01:44 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Cecil Turner returns the kick off 50 yards … to the Chicago 45 yard line.

CHI – 01:14 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass is in the shotgun … with a long count … takes it and gives it to Jim Harrison … running it to the left … and he’s stood up by a swarm of Falcons … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 45 yard line.

CHI – 00:39 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass adjusts his chin strap … and leans under center … takes the snap … and pitches it back to Jim Harrison … tries bouncing it to the right … and the Falcons break through and haul him down … they completely disrupted that play … no gain … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 10 from their own 45.

CHI – 00:00 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Falcons shuffling at the line … they’ve given up 44 yards on the ground so far … Chicago is set up in the shotgun … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he’ll run it … running left … filters through the line … trying to get untangled … and now he’s hauled down after a decent pickup of 9 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 1 from the Atlanta 46.

~ 2nd Quarter ~

CHI – 15:00 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 14:45 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Willie Belton … … near the sideline … … and it’s out of bounds … at the Atlanta 21 yard line.

ATL – 14:15 – ( 7 – 0 ) – The Falcons are in Pistol Formation … Bob Berry … points out towards the Chicago secondary … now he takes the snap … hands it to Art Malone … and he’s bulldozed right at the exchange … it’s amazing that he made it back to the line of scrimmage … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 21 yard line.

ATL – 13:45 – ( 7 – 0 ) – It’s 2nd and 10 … the Falcons are in the shotgun … they have 49 yards rushing so far … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he carries it off-tackle … filtering his way through the line … hit and sent backwards into the turf … a gain of 3 yards … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 24.

ATL – 13:30 – ( 7 – 0 ) – It’s 3rd and 7 and the Falcons are 1 for 3 on third down … Bob Berry … throws to Wes Chesson … and it’s incomplete … … it looked like the Bears defender made early contact … but I don’t see a flag … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 7 from the Atlanta 24.

ATL – 13:30 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 13:15 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Ron Smith fields it at the Chicago 35 … and returns the punt 12 yards … to the Chicago 47 yard line.

CHI – 13:00 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Atlanta is in zone coverage … Bobby Douglass lobs it to Earl Thomas at the 50 … rockets ahead … still going … and now he’s chopped down at the Atlanta 39 yard line … a pickup of 14 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 39.

CHI – 12:30 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass from the shotgun … takes the snap … he will carry it himself … knifing his way through the line … gets through … but is quickly forced to the turf after a gain of 4 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 6 from the Atlanta 35.

CHI – 12:00 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he runs left … knocked over bowling pins litter the field … OH, HE HAD CLEAR SAILING … BUT LOST HIS FOOTING … a gain of 6 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 29.

CHI – 11:45 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Falcons shuffling at the line … they’ve given up 63 yards on the ground so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he punches his way forward … spins off a hit … and now pulled down … that’s a small gain of 4 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 6 from the Atlanta 25.

CHI – 11:15 – ( 7 – 0 ) – Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Cyril Pinder … running to his right … finds a crease … sidesteps a hit … and now he’s tackled … a decent pickup of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 12.

CHI – 10:45 – ( 7 – 0 ) – I formation for the Bears … Bobby Douglass waits … waits … and now hands it off to Cyril Pinder … it’s a draw play … and he’s chopped down … no gain … and the Falcons really laid a licking on Cyril Pinder on that play … it’s getting a little heated out there … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 12.

CHI – 10:15 – ( 7 – 0 ) – We’ve got … 10:45 left in the 2nd Quarter … Bobby Douglass from the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … gets around the right corner … down the sideline … and sent head over heels out of bounds … a nice pickup of 11 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Atlanta 1.

CHI – 10:00 – ( 7 – 6 ) – Bobby Douglass takes the snap … gives it to Jim Harrison … off-tackle … STOPPED … NO … WITH A SECOND EFFORT HE TAKES IT INTO THE END ZONE !!! … a 1-yard touchdown.

CHI – 10:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – … and Mac Percival’s point after is good !!

CHI – 10:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Mac Percival with the kick off … … … and the Falcons will field it … at the Atlanta 1 …

ATL – 09:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Dave Hampton returns the kick off 14 yards … to the Atlanta 15 yard line.

ATL – 09:15 – ( 7 – 7 ) – The Falcons are in Pistol Formation … Bob Berry … points out towards the Chicago secondary … now he takes the snap … hands it to Dave Hampton … and he’s bulldozed right at the exchange … it’s amazing that he made it back to the line of scrimmage … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 15 yard line.

ATL – 08:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bob Berry fades back in the pocket … short throw to Art Malone … he makes the catch … and is immediately brought down … a short gain of 1 yard … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 9 from their own 16.

ATL – 08:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 9 and Atlanta is 1 for 4 on third down … Bob Berry … throws to James Snyder … and it’s incomplete … … someone on the front line of Chicago may have tipped that … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 9 from the Atlanta 16.

ATL – 08:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 08:15 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Ron Smith … calls for the fair catch … and Chicago will start 1st and 10 from their own 44 yard line.

CHI – 07:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Roger Lawson … he heads to the left side … now caught and driven to the turf behind the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Chicago 43 yard line.

CHI – 07:15 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bobby Douglass … straight-arm to fend off a tackle … JUST got it away … Bob Parsons spears it … loses his footing and is touched down at the Chicago 47 yard line … a miniscule gain of 4 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 7 from their own 47.

CHI – 06:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bobby Douglass is hit … but keeps his feet … NOW CLAUDE HUMPHREY DRAGS HIM DOWN TO FINISH THE JOB … and that’s a loss of 5 yards … that is Atlanta’s 1st sack of the game … the Bears now face a 4th and 12 from the Chicago 42.

CHI – 06:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 06:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Willie Belton fields it at the Atlanta 17 … and returns the punt 0 yards … to the Atlanta 17 yard line.

ATL – 06:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … from Pistol Formation … and gives it to Art Malone … he’s following a block … but the blocker and Art Malone are both driven to the turf … a 1 yard gain on the play … it’s 2nd and 9 from the Atlanta 18 yard line.

ATL – 05:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Chicago 7 … Atlanta 7 … 06:00 left in the 2nd Quarter … Bob Berry gives it to Art Malone … veering towards the sideline … and he takes a hard hit … knocking him out of bounds… no gain on the play … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 9 from their own 18.

ATL – 04:50 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Atlanta with 53 yards on the ground so far … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … on a sweep … right side … rounds the corner … cuts to the middle … still going … and finally corralled … a big pickup of 21 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 39.

ATL – 04:20 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Joe Profit … and Chicago is all over him … … that will be a loss of -2 yards … it’s 2nd and 12 from the Atlanta 37 yard line.

ATL – 03:50 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 2nd and 12 … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he goes up the middle … and he’s dragged down behind the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -1 yard … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 36.

ATL – 03:35 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 13 and the Falcons are 2 for 6 on third down … Bob Berry looks over his line … takes the snap and moves back into the pocket … … pressure from the outside … and he lobs it to … Art Malone who trips over his own feet and falls … it’s incomplete … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 13 from the Atlanta 36.

ATL – 03:35 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 03:20 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Ron Smith fields it at the Chicago 33 … and returns the punt 7 yards … to the Chicago 40 yard line.

CHI – 03:05 – ( 7 – 7 ) – The Falcons have given up 91 yards on the ground so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he’ll carry it … good move at the line … stutter-step … and now he lunges forward … and is brought down … a pickup of 8 yards … it’s 2nd and 2 from the Chicago 48 yard line.

CHI – 02:47 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bobby Douglass from Pistol Formation … takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … running to his left … not much there … breaks a tackle … and another one … and now he’s brought down after a decent pickup of 8 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 44.

CHI – 02:32 – ( 7 – 7 ) – There’s 02:47 left in the 2nd Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Roger Lawson … hits the line … and breaks through … shakes off a hit … and now he’s sent tumbling to the turf … a pickup of 8 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 2 from the Atlanta 36.

CHI – 02:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Chicago comes out in the shotgun … 2nd and 2 … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he’ll carry it … he’s trapped behind the line of scrimmage … and snowed under … that will be a loss of -2 yards … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Atlanta 38.

02:00 – TWO MINUTE WARNING

CHI – 01:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 3rd and 4 and the Bears are 0 for 4 on third down … Bobby Douglass … throws it into the flat to Roger Lawson … and it’s off his hands … incomplete … … the Bears now face a 4th and 4 from the Atlanta 38.

CHI – 01:30 – ( 7 – 7 ) – From the 38 … the football will be spotted at the Atlanta 45 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 45 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Mac Percival with the kick … … and it’s … … NO GOOD !! … wide left … the Bears waste a glorious opportunity to take the lead … the score remains … Atlanta 7 … and Chicago 7 … the Falcons will now scrimmage at their 20.

ATL – 01:00 – ( 7 – 7 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Mitchell … he’s met at the line … but shimmies his way forward … and now he’s hit and dropped … a pickup of 3 yards on the play … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Atlanta 23 yard line.

CHI – 00:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Joe Profit is the ball carrier … he runs for 5 yards and fumbles the football … Doug Buffone recovers the fumble for Chicago … and returns it -1 yard to the Atlanta 29 yard line.

CHI – 00:45 – ( 7 – 7 ) – Bobby Douglass’s pass for Earl Thomas … is PICKED OFF !!! … the Falcons have the ball at the Atlanta 13 yard line …

CHI – 00:26 – ( 7 – 13 ) – Ray Brown returns the interception 2 yards … and the ball is fumbled at the Atlanta 15 yard line … Bobby Douglass recovers the fumble for Chicago … and returns it 15-yards for the touchdown !!! And now the Bears will setup for the conversion.

CHI – 00:26 – ( 7 – 14 ) – … and Mac Percival’s point after is good !!

CHI – 00:26 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Mac Percival with the kick off … … … and the Falcons will field it … at the Atlanta 3 …

ATL – 00:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Dave Hampton returns the kick off 28 yards … to the Atlanta 31 yard line.

Time has run out … that’s the end of the 1st Half … both teams head to their locker rooms … with the score … the Chicago Bears 14 … and the Atlanta Falcons 7.

~ 3rd Quarter ~

The Bears kicked off to begin the game … now the Falcons will kick off to begin the second half …

ATL – 15:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Atlanta with the kick … Bill Bell sends this one deep … and the Bears will play it … about 6 yards into their endzone …

CHI – 14:47 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Ron Smith is snowed under in the endzone … no safety occurs as he never left the endzone … Chicago will scrimmage from their 20.

CHI – 14:17 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Bears with 113 yards rushing so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Cyril Pinder … he’ll try the middle … NOWHERE TO GO … his front line just parted like the Red Sea … that will be a loss of -2 yards … it’s 2nd and 12 from the Chicago 18 yard line.

CHI – 13:47 – ( 7 – 14 ) – 2nd and 12 … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he lowers his shoulder as he drives into the line … and he’s pulled down … that’s a pickup of 2 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 10 from their own 20.

CHI – 13:17 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 10 and the Bears are 0 for 5 on third down … Bobby Douglass lobs it out to George Farmer … left side … and hit out of bounds at the Chicago 24 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 4 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 6 from the Chicago 24.

CHI – 13:17 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 13:02 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Ray Brown … calls for the fair catch … and Atlanta will start 1st and 10 from their own 44 yard line.

ATL – 12:44 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Bears are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Encroachment). It’s now 1st and 5 from the Atlanta 49 yard line.

ATL – 11:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons have run the ball 20 times and they’re running here … from Pistol Formation … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … protecting the football … driving ahead … driving … and now he’s tackled … a hard-fought pickup of 10 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 41.

ATL – 11:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons break the huddle in I Formation … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Mitchell … BROKEN PLAY !!! … and the Bears are all over him like a dirty blanket … that’s a loss of -7 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 17 from the Chicago 48.

ATL – 11:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry’s pass for Wes Chesson … is PICKED OFF !!! … the Bears have the ball at the Chicago 39 yard line …

CHI – 11:14 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Doug Buffone returns the interception -3 yards … to the Chicago 36 yard line.

CHI – 10:44 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 11:14 left in the 3rd Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he runs to the left … and he won’t even make it back to the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 11 from the Chicago 35 yard line.

CHI – 10:14 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Cyril Pinder … knifes his way through the line … left side … now he’s tripped up and dropped after a pickup of 2 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 9 from their own 37.

CHI – 09:44 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bobby Douglass … pressure in his face … tries to roll right … and hit head-on by John Zook … and that’s a loss of 1 yard … that is Atlanta’s 2nd sack of the game … the Bears now face a 4th and 10 from the Chicago 36.

CHI – 09:44 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 09:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Willie Belton fields it at the Atlanta 38 … and returns the punt 3 yards … to the Atlanta 41 yard line.

ATL – 08:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – 1st and 10 … the Falcons set up in the shotgun … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he breaks through the line … hit and jarred sideways … and now tackled … a pickup of 7 yards … it’s 2nd and 3 from the Atlanta 48 yard line.

ATL – 08:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Atlanta breaks the huddle in T Formation … Chicago looking confused with the Falcons set up … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … knifes his way through the line … left side … now he’s tripped up and dropped after a pickup of 12 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 07:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry … taking his time … settles under the center … takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … trying to get to the outside … but the Bears will not let him get there … and he’s dragged to the turf … no gain on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 07:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry adjusts his chin strap … and leans under center … takes the snap … and pitches it back to Art Malone … tries bouncing it to the right … and the Bears break through and haul him down … they completely disrupted that play … no gain … it’s now 3rd and 10 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 07:14 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 10 and the Falcons are 2 for 7 on third down … Bob Berry checks his line … now takes the snap … throws to Ken Burrow … incomplete … … swatted away at the last second by the Bears defender … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 10 from the Chicago 40.

ATL – 06:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Shift). It’s now 4th and 15 from the Chicago 45 yard line.

ATL – 06:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons are setting up in punt formation … whoa !! … there’s a loose ball from an errant snap … … now Andrew Maurer scoops it up at the Atlanta 44 yard line … and he’s going to try and run with the football …

ATL – 06:29 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Andrew Maurer is running with the ball … and he runs for 2 yards … short of the 1st down … Atlanta turns it over on downs … and the Bears have the football at the Atlanta 46 yard line.

CHI – 05:59 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Atlanta has five up on the line … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he will carry it himself … he’s hit immediately … wrapped up and brought down … that’s a loss of -2 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 12 from the Atlanta 48.

CHI – 05:44 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Holding) … and it’s an automatic 1st down for the Bears. It’s now 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 43 yard line.

CHI – 05:14 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Bears set up in the I … they’ve got 112 yards rushing so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … from Wildcat Formation … and gives it to Jim Harrison … going right … MET HEAD ON … and now lying behind the line of scrimmage … under a pile of Atlanta linemen … that will be a loss of -2 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 12 from the Atlanta 45.

CHI – 04:39 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 05:14 left in the 3rd Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap from under center … and gives it to Cyril Pinder … he bobbles the football … and now he’s crushed by an avalanche of Falcons linemen … that will be a loss of -7 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 19 from their own 48.

CHI – 04:09 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Bears are 0 for 7 on third down … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he will carry it himself … he feigns right … now left … and brought to the turf … that’s a pickup of 16 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 3 from the Atlanta 36.

CHI – 03:54 – ( 7 – 14 ) – From the 36 … the football will be spotted at the Atlanta 43 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 43 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Mac Percival with the kick … … it’s got the distance … … NO GOOD !! … wide to the left … … the Bears fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Chicago 14 … and Atlanta 7 … the Falcons will now scrimmage at their 20.

ATL – 03:24 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … going off-tackle right side … past the line of scrimmage … slows to avoid a hit … and is tackled from behind … a pickup of 9 yards … it’s 2nd and 1 from the Atlanta 29 yard line.

ATL – 02:54 – ( 7 – 14 ) – We’ve got … 03:24 left in the 3rd Quarter … Bob Berry from the shotgun … takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … going to the right side … tough sledding … as the Atlanta and the Chicago lines mash into one another … now he’s brought down … a 1 yard gain on the play … it’s 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 30.

ATL – 02:24 – ( 7 – 14 ) – We’ve got … 02:54 left in the 3rd Quarter … Bob Berry is in Pistol Formation … he takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … running a sweep … right side … not much room down the sideline … tries to cut back inside … and is sent spinning to the turf … that’s a pickup of 3 yards … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Atlanta 33 yard line.

ATL – 01:54 – ( 7 – 14 ) – We have 02:24 left in the 3rd Quarter … Bob Berry takes the snap … hands it to Dave Hampton … he runs left … darts inside … hit hard and brought down … … short of a 1st Down … a gain of 4 yards on the play … Atlanta is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 37.

ATL – 01:24 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 01:54 left in the 3rd Quarter … the Falcons are 2 for 8 on third down … Bob Berry takes the snap … from Pistol Formation … he hands it to Art Malone … he runs to the left … and he won’t even make it back to the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -1 yard … the Falcons now face a 4th and 4 from the Atlanta 36.

ATL – 01:24 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Atlanta is set in punt formation … … John James takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 01:09 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Ron Smith fields it at the Chicago 33 … and returns the punt -2 yards … to the Chicago 31 yard line.

CHI – 00:54 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bobby Douglass is in the shotgun … throws to Jim Seymour … and it’s incomplete … … Jim Seymour is claiming he made the catch … but he’s over-ruled by the officiating crew, who say he trapped it against the turf … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 31 yard line.

CHI – 00:39 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Bears are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Holding). It’s now 2nd and 25 from the Chicago 16 yard line.

CHI – 00:24 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Falcons are looking for a defensive stop or turn-over … as they need to cut into the Bears lead … Bobby Douglass sets his backfield … takes the snap … settling in the pocket … throws to … Bob Parsons and he’s hit and can’t hang on … it’s incomplete … … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 25 from their own 16.

CHI – 00:09 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 25 and Chicago is 0 for 8 on third down … Bobby Douglass … throws to George Farmer … and it’s incomplete … I think Bobby Douglass heard foot-steps … and got rid of it early … and George Farmer wasn’t expecting it … … the Bears now face a 4th and 25 from the Chicago 16.

CHI – 00:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Bears are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Block on Chicago-They will re-kick). It’s now 4th and 30 from the Chicago 11 yard line.

~ 4th Quarter ~

CHI – 15:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 14:45 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Willie Belton fields it at the Atlanta 29 … and returns the punt 32 yards … to the Chicago 39 yard line.

ATL – 14:15 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … from Pistol Formation .. he gives it to Art Malone … he takes it to the left side … not much there … and he’s held to a pickup of 3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 7 from the Chicago 36.

ATL – 13:45 – ( 7 – 14 ) – We have 14:15 left in the 4th Quarter … Bob Berry takes the snap … hands it to Art Malone … he runs left … darts inside … hit hard and brought down … … short of a 1st Down … a gain of 3 yards on the play … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Chicago 33.

ATL – 13:15 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Atlanta is set in the shotgun … they have 125 yards on the ground so far … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … and he’s immediately met by the Bears welcoming committee … that will be a loss of -3 yards … the Falcons now face a 4th and 7 from the Chicago 36.

ATL – 13:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – From the 36 … the football will be spotted at the Chicago 43 yard line and the Falcons are looking at a 43 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Bill Bell with the kick … … HE HOOKED IT … … WIDE LEFT … … AND NO GOOD !! … … the Falcons fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Chicago 14 … and Atlanta 7 … the Bears will now scrimmage at their 20.

CHI – 12:30 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … the Bears spread out wide … they’ve got 39 yards in passing so far … but they won’t be passing here … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Roger Lawson … running behind the right side of his line … and now he’s up ended … that’s a loss of -8 yards … it’s 2nd and 18 from the Chicago 12 yard line.

CHI – 12:00 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 12:30 left in the 4th Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … he will carry it himself … draw play … right up the middle … he’s tripped and dives straight ahead … a pickup of 5 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 13 from their own 17.

CHI – 11:45 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 13 and the Bears are 0 for 9 on third down … Bobby Douglass … throws to Jim Seymour … and it’s incomplete … … Bobby Douglass tried to force that into double-coverage … and is fortunate it wasn’t intercepted … … the Bears now face a 4th and 13 from the Chicago 17.

CHI – 11:45 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

CHI – 11:30 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Willie Belton returns the punt 0 yards … and the ball is fumbled at the Atlanta 31 yard line … Roger Lawson recovers the fumble for Chicago … and returns it zero yards to the 31 yard line.

CHI – 11:10 – ( 7 – 14 ) – The Bears are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Holding). It’s now 1st and 25 from the Atlanta 46 yard line.

CHI – 10:40 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bobby Douglass drops back to pass … can’t find any one open … and now he’s going to run … … he runs for 0 yards … he just made it back to the line of scrimmage … that sets up a 2nd and 25 from the Atlanta 46.

CHI – 10:10 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 10:40 left in the 4th Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he darts through the line … brakes to avoid a hit … caught and pulled down … a gain of 10 yards on the play … it’s now 3rd and 15 from the Atlanta 36.

CHI – 09:55 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 15 and the Bears are 0 for 10 on third down … Bobby Douglass … has time … … throwing deep downfield … … … … … … … and … … just out of the reach of George Farmer … incomplete … as he couldn’t get to it … … the Bears now face a 4th and 15 from the Atlanta 36.

CHI – 09:40 – ( 7 – 14 ) – From the 36 … the football will be spotted at the Atlanta 43 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 43 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Mac Percival with the kick … … it’s got the distance … … NO GOOD !! … wide to the left … … the Bears fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Chicago 14 … and Atlanta 7 … the Falcons will now scrimmage at their 20.

ATL – 09:10 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 1st and 10 … Bob Berry rolls to his right and hits Art Malone at the Atlanta 36 … cutting back against the flow … … lowers his shoulder and is hammered down at the Chicago 49 … a gain of 31 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 49.

ATL – 08:40 – ( 7 – 14 ) – There’s 09:10 left in the 4th Quarter … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Dave Hampton … searching for a seam … bulldozing his way forward … and now the Bears bring him down … a 1 yard gain … that sets up a 2nd and 9 from the Chicago 48.

ATL – 08:22 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 2nd and 9 … Bob Berry … has time … now the blocking breaks down … throwing deep downfield … … … … … … … and … … just out of the reach of Ken Burrow … incomplete … as he couldn’t get to it … … it’s now 3rd and 9 from the Chicago 48.

ATL – 08:07 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 9 and the Falcons are 2 for 10 on third down … Bob Berry somehow escapes the pocket … floats it out to Art Malone … caught at the Chicago 32 … stiff-arms a tackle … and is downed at the Chicago 24 yard line … a gain of 24 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 24.

ATL – 07:37 – ( 7 – 14 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Willie Belton … he runs off-tackle … hit … hit again … and the Bears bring him down … a 1 yard gain … that sets up a 2nd and 9 from the Chicago 23.

ATL – 07:22 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s the Bears 14 and the Falcons 7 here in the 4th Quarter … Bob Berry sets the backfield … now he takes the snap … settling in the pocket … throws an outlet down the sideline … Wes Chesson is hit and can’t hang on … it’s incomplete … … it’s now 3rd and 9 from the Chicago 23.

ATL – 07:07 – ( 7 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 9 and the Falcons are 3 for 11 on third down … Bob Berry … throws to Ken Burrow … and it’s incomplete … … good defensive play by Chicago’s secondary to break that one up … … the Falcons now face a 4th and 9 from the Chicago 23.

ATL – 06:52 – ( 10 – 14 ) – From the 23 … the football will be spotted at the Chicago 30 yard line and the Falcons are looking at a 30 yard field goal attempt … … … and here is Bill Bell’s field goal from 30 yards … … IT’S THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS … and the Falcons cut into the Bears lead … it’s now 14-10 for Chicago.

ATL – 06:52 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Here’s the kick off from Bill Bell … … … kicked deep … into the endzone … and Chicago will play it … about 7 yards into their endzone …

CHI – 06:42 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Ron Smith is snowed under in the endzone … no safety occurs as he never left the endzone … Chicago will scrimmage from their 20.

CHI – 06:27 – ( 10 – 14 ) – There’s 06:42 left in the 4th Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … delayed draw … … he bursts through the line … but he’s grabbed from behind and hauled down … that’ll be a pickup of 3 yards … it’s 2nd and 7 from the Chicago 23 yard line.

CHI – 05:47 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Chicago with 129 yards on the ground so far … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … feeling his way as he moves forward … sidesteps a hit … and now he’s caught and flung out of bounds … that’s a pickup of 4 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 27.

CHI – 05:17 – ( 10 – 14 ) – There’s 05:47 left in the 4th Quarter … the Bears are 0 for 11 on third down … Bobby Douglass takes the snap from under center … he will carry it himself … on a misdirection play … trapped behind the line … and dragged to the turf … that was a misdirection play all right … that will be a loss of -1 yard … the Bears now face a 4th and 4 from the Chicago 26.

CHI – 05:17 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Chicago is set in punt formation … … Bobby Joe Green takes the snap … and gets the punt away … … …

ATL – 05:02 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Willie Belton fields it at the Atlanta 26 … and returns the punt 32 yards … to the Chicago 42 yard line.

ATL – 04:32 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he runs left … knocked over bowling pins litter the field … OH, HE HAD CLEAR SAILING … BUT LOST HIS FOOTING … a gain of 11 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 31.

ATL – 04:02 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he runs left … knocked over bowling pins litter the field … OH, HE HAD CLEAR SAILING … BUT LOST HIS FOOTING … a gain of 11 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 20.

ATL – 03:32 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Bob Berry is in shotgun … hands it off to Joe Profit … he delays … now tries to run it up the middle … hit behind the line … and somehow manages to make it to the line of scrimmage … a solid effort … but no gain in the stat column … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 20.

ATL – 03:02 – ( 10 – 14 ) – There’s 03:32 left in the 4th Quarter … Bob Berry takes the snap … and gives it to Art Malone … he falls in the backfield … gets to his feet … zig-zagging through the line … and pulled down … a good job of getting something out of nothing … a gain of 2 yards on the play … it’s now 3rd and 8 from the Chicago 18.

ATL – 02:47 – ( 10 – 14 ) – The Falcons are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Forward Pass) and a loss of down. It’s now 4th and 13 from the Chicago 23 yard line.

ATL – 02:32 – ( 10 – 14 ) – The Falcons are assessed a 10 yard penalty (Pass Interference). It’s now 4th and 23 from the Chicago 33 yard line.

ATL – 02:02 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Bob Berry … feeling the heat … and he’s off and running … … and he wisely steps out of bounds … Bob Berry scrambles for 11 yards … they didn’t make it … Atlanta turns it over on downs … and the Bears have the football at the Chicago 22 yard line.

CHI – 02:00 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Atlanta showing blitz … AND HERE THEY COME … Bobby Douglass hands it to Jim Harrison … and he’s smothered and dropped … the Falcons were all over Jim Harrison on that play … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 22 yard line.

02:00 – TWO MINUTE WARNING

CHI – 01:47 – ( 10 – 14 ) – There’s 02:00 left in the 4th Quarter … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Jim Harrison … he falls in the backfield … gets to his feet … zig-zagging through the line … and pulled down … a good job of getting something out of nothing … a gain of 5 yards on the play … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 5 from their own 27.

01:47 – TIME-OUT – The Atlanta Falcons call their 1st Time-Out.

CHI – 01:32 – ( 10 – 14 ) – The Bears are 0 for 12 on third down … Bobby Douglass moves into the shotgun … takes the snap … hands it to Jim Harrison … he gets around the corner … tiptoeing down the sideline … and now he’s drilled out of bounds … a pickup of 5 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 32.

01:32 – TIME-OUT – The Atlanta Falcons call their 2nd Time-Out.

CHI – 01:17 – ( 10 – 14 ) – Pro Set formation for the Bears … Bobby Douglass waits … waits … and now hands it off to Roger Lawson … it’s a draw play … and he’s clotheslined … no gain … and now the officiating crew are breaking up a fracas in the middle of the pile … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Chicago 32 yard line.

01:17 – TIME-OUT – The Atlanta Falcons call their 3rd and final Time-Out.

CHI – 00:32 – ( 10 – 14 ) – 2nd and 10 … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Roger Lawson … he lowers his shoulder as he drives into the line … and he’s pulled down … that’s a pickup of 4 yards … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 6 from their own 36.

CHI – 00:00 – ( 10 – 14 ) – It’s 3rd and 6 … Bobby Douglass takes the snap … and gives it to Roger Lawson … sweep to the right … gets to the corner … but can’t keep his balance … and is drilled out of bounds … a gain of just 3 yards on the play … the Bears now face a 4th and 3 from the Chicago 39.

Game Over – Final Score: Atlanta Falcons 10 at Chicago Bears 14