Although, by the end of the season the team’s fortunes reversed the Bears prevailed on Sept. 15 in Atlanta.
In a defensive battle Brian Urlacher spent most of the day chasing after Falcons QB Mike Vick. The highlight of the day didn’t even register in the stats. The Bears middle linebacker hurdled RB Warrick Dunn and put a big hit on Vick as he threw the ball.
The Bears only score in the opening 30 minutes was set up by a 37-yard completion from Jim Miller, who threw for 143 yards on 12-24 passing, to TE John Davis. Although, it was Davis’ only catch of the day it would be a sign of things to come for the tight end. The drive was capped as Anthony Thomas punched it in from the 3-yard line.
Atlanta had a 10-7 lead to the half, but the Bears took the lead for good in the third quarter on David Terrell’s second TD catch of the year.
A Jay Feely field goal put the Falcons within a point heading into the final period.
The turning point of the game came on a Dick Jauron challenge. The head coach threw the red flag following a 42-yard completion to WR Willie Jackson that put Atlanta at the Bears’ 22 and within field goal range. However, upon further review the play was overturned.
Still, Vick moved the Falcons into Bears territory and with just over a minute left in the game Feely lined up for a 46-yard field goal attempt. The try sailed wide left handing Chicago their second straight victory.
The win gave the Bears a 17-3 mark over the last 20 regular season games dating back to the 2000 season, which is the best record in football over that span of time.
With a loss to the Packers the Bears stood alone atop the division and were one of three undefeated teams in the NFC along with the Panthers and Saints, who they would meet the following week.
Everything seemed to be going the Bears way for a second straight season, but during the trip to the Georgia Dome Ted Washington limped off the field in the first half not to return for the remainder of the year.