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Falcons...22 Bears...20

October 13, 2008|From the Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Jason Elam made the most of his second chance, kicking a 48-yard field goal on the final play to give the Atlanta Falcons a 22-20 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Elam appeared to be the goat after hooking a 33-yard attempt wide left with less than three minutes left, squandering a chance to give the Falcons a nine-point lead.

The Bears (3-3) took advantage of Elam's first miss in 31 attempts, quickly driving down the field and going ahead for the first time when Kyle Orton connected with Rashied Davis on a 17-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. Robbie Gould kicked the extra point that gave Chicago a 20-19 lead.

But the surprising Falcons (4-2), coming off an upset of the Packers in Green Bay, weren't done. A 26-yard pass from rookie Matt Ryan to Michael Jenkins put Elam in position for the winning kick.

Quoteworthy: "I've been in some wild games, but I think this one trumps them all." -- Matt Ryan, Falcons quarterback

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