After entering the game in the third quarter following an interception by Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles led the Bears back from a 16-point deficit and helped Chicago get a 30-26 win on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
Foles threw for three touchdowns and 188 yards while completing 16-of-29 passes, winning the game with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:53 remaining.
Thanks to the former Super Bowl MVP’s heroics, the Bears are 3-0 for the first time since 2013. The team also has a quarterback controversy on its hands, as many will likely want Chicago to stick with Foles as the starter over an erratic Trubisky.
Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was 13-of-22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the win. “It kind of happened out of nowhere,” Trubisky said of his benching. “I just accepted the news. I had Nick’s back like he’s had mine. The situation sucked, but it was just the flow of the game and how it happened and coach made the decision that he felt was best for the team.”
Though it may not be a permanent change, Chicago coach Matt Nagy should certainly start Foles over Trubisky against the Colts in Week 4.
As for Atlanta, Foles’s heroics may spell the end of the line for head coach Dan Quinn as the Falcons have now blown huge leads in back-to-back games and are 0-3 on the season.
“Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who’s owned the team since 2002, has never fired a coach in-season,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Blank, through a team spokesman, would not comment about Dan Quinn’s future following Sunday’s 30-26 loss to Chicago.”
Quinn, who is in his sixth season as the coach of the Falcons, was calling the shots when Atlanta coughed up a 28-3 lead in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, allowing Tom Brady to rally the New England Patriots for a 34-28 win in overtime.