One of the loudest refrains you hear across the NFL is that nothing ever comes easy. These are all still professional football teams.

It was on clear display Sunday at Soldier Field when the reigning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons needed every last second of the 60 minutes to pull out a 23-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

A seesaw game saw the 3-13 unit from 2016 keep pace with the high flying Falcons, and even gave them a chance to win. The Bears drove down inside the Atlanta five-yard line in the final minute of the game trailing by six points, but Dan Quinn’s defense made a goal line stand to preserve the win.

Brooks Reed sealed the game with a sack of Mike Glennon on 4th and goal.

The Falcons will head back to Georgia with a win, but also with lots of questions to be answered before they look to christen Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a win against the Green Bay Packers next Sunday.

The Bears will try to take some building blocks from the defeat into their first road trip of the 2017 season next Sunday, a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here’s a six pack of takeaways from Falcons @ Bears…

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