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  • Bears' fan Tony Capuani of Elgin honors the victims of 911 with the American flag before the game.

      Bears' fan Tony Capuani of Elgin honors the victims of 911 with the American flag before the game.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bears fans show their patriotic spirit during the game.

      Bears fans show their patriotic spirit during the game.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bears fans hold up flags during the opening day events honoring those who died on 9/11.

      Bears fans hold up flags during the opening day events honoring those who died on 9/11.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett firefighter Lieutenant Dana Costa Rica cheers on the Bears as they take to the field before the 9/11 events started.

      Bartlett firefighter Lieutenant Dana Costa Rica cheers on the Bears as they take to the field before the 9/11 events started.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Tim Jennings tackles Falcons Julio Jones in the first quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Tim Jennings tackles Falcons Julio Jones in the first quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bears' head coach Lovie Smith cracks a smile as he walks off the field with the victory in the NFL opening day against the Falcons at Soldier Field.

      Bears' head coach Lovie Smith cracks a smile as he walks off the field with the victory in the NFL opening day against the Falcons at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Both NFL teams joined in with firefighters and police from around the country to hold the American flag before the game at Soldier Field.

      Both NFL teams joined in with firefighters and police from around the country to hold the American flag before the game at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Forte gains yardage in the fist quarter before he is tackled by Falcons Thomas DeCoud at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Matt Forte gains yardage in the fist quarter before he is tackled by Falcons Thomas DeCoud at Soldier Field in Chicago.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bears fans show their patriotic spirit before the game by waving flags, cheering and a moment of silence.

      Bears fans show their patriotic spirit before the game by waving flags, cheering and a moment of silence.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Tim Jennings celebrates with a fan after the Bears victory against the Falcons at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Tim Jennings celebrates with a fan after the Bears victory against the Falcons at Soldier Field in Chicago.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler hangs his head in the first half.

      Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler hangs his head in the first half.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Johnny Knox fails to pull in this pass from quarterback Jay Cutler as he is hit by Falcons Brent Grimes in the third quarter.

      Johnny Knox fails to pull in this pass from quarterback Jay Cutler as he is hit by Falcons Brent Grimes in the third quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Julius Peppers sacks Flacon's quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter Sunday at Soldier Field.

      Julius Peppers sacks Flacon's quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter Sunday at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Amobi Okoye sacks Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter.

      Amobi Okoye sacks Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Amobi Okoye sacks Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter and celebrates at Soldier Field.

      Amobi Okoye sacks Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the third quarter and celebrates at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Johnny Knox looks for the flag as this was ruled pass interference against Falcon's Sean Weatherspoon at Soldier Field.

      Johnny Knox looks for the flag as this was ruled pass interference against Falcon's Sean Weatherspoon at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Falcons' Kroy Biermann loses control of the ball in the end zone after he scored a touchdown on an interception from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the NFL opening day against the Falcons at Soldier Field.

      Falcons' Kroy Biermann loses control of the ball in the end zone after he scored a touchdown on an interception from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the NFL opening day against the Falcons at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jay Cutler fires to receiver Roy Williams for yardage in the fourth quarter.

      Jay Cutler fires to receiver Roy Williams for yardage in the fourth quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Julius Peppers and Henry Melton pop Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter.

      Julius Peppers and Henry Melton pop Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jay Cutler looks up at the score as the time ticks down in the fourth quarter.

      Jay Cutler looks up at the score as the time ticks down in the fourth quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Julius Peppers and Henry Melton hit Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter.

      Julius Peppers and Henry Melton hit Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Urlacher celebrates his first quarter interception Sunday at Soldier Field.

      Brian Urlacher celebrates his first quarter interception Sunday at Soldier Field.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Devin Hester on the move in the first quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday.

      Devin Hester on the move in the first quarter at Soldier Field on Sunday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Toeaina celebrates his tackle in the first half against the Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday.

      Matt Toeaina celebrates his tackle in the first half against the Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Urlacher looks at the action on the field in the fourth quarter as the Bears walk away with a victory.

      Brian Urlacher looks at the action on the field in the fourth quarter as the Bears walk away with a victory.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth (89) runs into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown-reception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth (89) runs into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown-reception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
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  • Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) intercepts a pass by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) intercepts a pass by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) runs 12 yards for a touchdown after a fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Bears' Lance Briggs, right, celebrates.

      Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) runs 12 yards for a touchdown after a fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Bears' Lance Briggs, right, celebrates.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The Bears won 30-12.

      Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The Bears won 30-12.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, left, is congratulated by teammate Chris Harris (46) after recovering a fumble and running it back 12 yards for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, left, is congratulated by teammate Chris Harris (46) after recovering a fumble and running it back 12 yards for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
    Associated Press

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) tumbles to the ground after being hit by Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore after throwing a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) tumbles to the ground after being hit by Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore after throwing a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) chases after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Ryan fumbled on the play and Bears' Brian Urlacher recovered the ball and ran it in 12 yards for a touchdown.

      Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) chases after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Ryan fumbled on the play and Bears' Brian Urlacher recovered the ball and ran it in 12 yards for a touchdown.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) runs into the end zone to score on a fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Falcons' Joe Hawley, right, looks on.

      Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) runs into the end zone to score on a fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Falcons' Joe Hawley, right, looks on.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) celebrates his fumble recovery and touchdown with teammate Julius Peppers and head coach Lovie Smith, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) celebrates his fumble recovery and touchdown with teammate Julius Peppers and head coach Lovie Smith, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
    Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (91) celebrates after sacking Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

      Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (91) celebrates after sacking Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
    Associated Press

  • Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) intercepts a pass by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Biermann ran the ball back 50 yards for a touchdown after the interception.

      Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) intercepts a pass by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Biermann ran the ball back 50 yards for a touchdown after the interception.
    Associated Press

 

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