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Foles replaces Trubisky, rallies Bears to 3-0 start

Bears veteran quarterback Nick Foles came off the bench to replace Mitchell Trubisky and guided Chicago (3-0) to a dramatic come-from-behind 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Bears coach Matt Nagy benched Trubisky in favor of Foles with Chicago trailing by 16 points in the third quarter. Foles responded by throwing three second-half touchdown passes, including the game-winning 28-yard strike to Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller just after the two-minute warning.

Foles also had touchdown passes to Allen Robinson and Jimmy Graham. He finished the game 16-for-29 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Foles had two additional touchdown passes overturned by the officials.

Trubisky went 13-for-22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception (71.8 passer rating). The Bears were an ineffective 1-of-8 on third down, with several of Trubisky’s downfield passes being off the mark. Trubisky overthrew a wide-open Miller on what would have been a touchdown completion before halftime.

On his first drive, Foles, 31, promptly moved the Bears downfield, but the drive ended when Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard wrestled a ball away from Robinson in the end zone. The official initially ruled the play a touchdown for the Bears but reversed the call to an interception for Atlanta and a touchback.

Nagy announced on Sept. 6 that Trubisky won the starting job over Foles in training camp.

“This was going be a fair battle for both of these guys,” Nagy said at the time of the decision. “Both these guys were really battling their tail off every single day.

“In the end, Mitch won the job, and I think that’s very important for him, for us, for everybody to understand that he worked really hard to get to this point.”

Trubisky, whom Chicago selected second overall in the 2017 NFL draft, ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, led Chicago to a 2-0 start in 2020. He rallied the Bears against the Lions in Week 1 when he fired three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to complete a 27-23 comeback win. Trubisky, 26, was largely ineffective for the first three quarters at Ford Field before the late heroics.

Last Sunday, Trubisky completed 18 of 28 pass attempts for 190 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as Chicago hung on to beat the New York Giants 17-13.

In 2018, Nagy’s first season as head coach, the Bears went 12-4 as Trubisky passed for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and rushed for 421 yards and three scores. Trubisky, while playing much of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery in January, ranked 28th in the NFL in Total QBR (39.4) and tied for 27th in touchdown passes (17), 21st in passing yards (3,138), 32nd in yards gained per pass attempt (6.1) and 28th in traditional quarterback rating (83.0) as the Bears finished 8-8.

Chicago traded for Foles — the MVP of Super Bowl LII while with the Philadelphia Eagles — at the onset of the new league year. The Bears later declined Trubisky’s fifth-year option and announced an open quarterback competition in training camp.

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