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NFL Football: Bears pound Falcons in opener

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CHICAGO (AP) -- If there was any doubt the Chicago Bears were serious about contending again in the NFC, they took a big step toward erasing it.

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Brian Urlacher had an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown, Jay Cutler threw for 312 yards and two scores and the Bears pounded Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons 30-12 on Sunday.

In a matchup between reigning division champions, it was no contest. This one clearly belonged to Chicago.

Urlacher picked off a Ryan pass to set up an early 56-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte, and in the third quarter the linebacker picked up a fumble by Ryan and scored from 12 yards to make it 30-6.

The fumble t came on one of two sacks by Julius Peppers. Henry Melton also had two sacks and the Bears totaled five for the day.

Cutler completed 22 of 32 passes and was intercepted once in his first game at Soldier Field since the Bear's loss to Green Bay in the NFC championship. He left that game with a knee injury and was roundly criticized.

He was sacked four times Sunday but had a 107.8 quarterback rating as the reigning NFC North champions passed a big test.

Bears 30, Falcons 12

Atlanta 3 0 3 6--12

Chicago 10 6 14 0--30

FIRST QUARTER

Chi-- Gould 41 FG, 9:58.

Atl-- Bryant 48 FG, 5:24.

Chi--Forte 56 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 1:10.

SECOND QUARTER

Chi-- Gould 23 FG, 8:42.

Chi-- Gould 26 FG, :55.

THIRD QUARTER

Atl-- Bryant 25?FG, 10:13.

Chi--Spaeth 1 pass from Cutler (Gould kick), 6:55.

Chi--Urlacher 12 fumble return (Gould kick), 5:58.

FOURTH QUARTER

Atl--Biermann 50 interception return (run failed), 10:23.

Attendance--62,115.

Atl Chi

First downs 20 17

Total Net Yards 386 377

Rushes-yards 14-110 27-88

Passing 276 289

Punt Returns 3-10 1-14

Kickoff Returns 2-33 3-53

Interceptions Ret. 1-50 1-(-1)

Comp-Att-Int 31-47-1 22-32-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-43 5-23

Punts 5-38.4 6-48.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-0

Penalties-Yards 9-65 8-56

Time of Possession 26:41 33:19

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Atlanta: Turner 10-100, Snelling 2-10, Rodgers 2-0. Chicago: Forte 16-68, Bell 10-24, Sanzenbacher 1-(minus 4).

PASSING--Atlanta: Ryan 31-47-1-319. Chicago: Cutler 22-32-1-312.

RECEIVING--Atlanta: White 8-61, Gonzalez 5-72, Jones 5-71, Snelling 5-32, Turner 3-40, Rodgers 3-33, Douglas 2-10. Chicago: Forte 5-90, R.Williams 4-55, Hester 3-60, Knox 3-60, Davis 2-23, Bennett 2-11, Spaeth 2-7, Sanzenbacher 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--None.

Bills 41, Chiefs 7

Buffalo 14 6 14 7--41

Kansas City 0 7 0 0--7

FIRST QUARTER

Buf--Chandler 4 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), 12:14.

Buf--St.Johnson 27 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), :55.

SECOND QUARTER

Buf-- Lindell 29 FG, 6:42.

Buf-- Lindell 38 FG, 5:38.

KC--Charles 6 pass from Cassel (Succop kick), 1:46.

THIRD QUARTER

Buf--Chandler 11 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), 4:19.

Buf--Jones 4 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), :14.

FOURTH QUARTER

Buf--Spiller 9 run (Lindell kick), 11:50.

Attendance--68,755.

Buf KC

First downs 23 13

Total Net Yards 364 213

Rushes-yards 39-163 18-108

Passing 201 105

Punt Returns 4-35 1-15

Kickoff Returns 1-21 7-147

Interceptions Ret. 1-30 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 17-26-1 22-36-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 2-14

Punts 5-51.4 8-41.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 5-30 1-3

Time of Possession 37:02 22:58

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Buffalo: Jackson 20-112, J.White 8-26, Spiller 5-16, B.Smith 3-6, Fitzpatrick 3-3. Kansas City: Charles 10-56, McCluster 4-42, Battle 2-7, Jones 2-3.

PASSING--Buffalo: Fitzpatrick 17-25-0-208, B.Smith 0-1-1-0. Kansas City: Cassel 22-36-1-119.

RECEIVING--Buffalo: Chandler 5-63, St.Johnson 4-66, Nelson 4-66, Jones 2-3, Jackson 1-5, Spiller 1-5. Kansas City: McCluster 5-25, Charles 5-9, Pope 3-24, Breaston 2-26, Bowe 2-17, Colbert 2-8, O'Connell 1-15, Battle 1-(minus 1), Cassel 1-(minus 4).

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Kansas City: Succop 49 (WR)

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