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Nick Foles comes off bench to rally Bears past Falcons

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Chicago Bears v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Foles Magic is back!

Former Arizona Wildcats star Nick Foles came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter on Sunday, giving the Chicago Bears a 30-26 road win over the Atlanta Falcons.

His 28-yard pass to Anthony Miller with 1:53 left proved to be the game winner, bringing the Bears back from down 16 points in the fourth quarter.

The 31-year-old, who was traded from Jacksonville in March for a fourth-round draft pick, was beat out by Mitch Trubisky for the starting job during the preseason. Trubisky led the Bears to wins over Detroit and the New York Giants but was benched after starting Sunday’s game 13 for 21 for 128 yards and a TD.

Foles, who entered midway through the third quarter, was intercepted on his first drive but rebounded to throw TD passes to Jimmy Graham, Allen Robinson and Miller in the final 6:20. He finished with 188 yards on 16-of-29 passing.

It didn’t hurt that the Falcons, who blew a 19-point lead at the Dallas Cowboys last week, missed a field goal and had three consecutive three-and-outs to aid Chicago’s comeback. Then, with the Bears in the lead, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan threw an interception with 1:06 left.

It was the 11th fourth-quarter comeback of in the nine-year NFL career of Foles, who played for Arizona from 2009-11 and finished as the school’s career passing leader. Some NFL experts seemed to forget about Foles’ penchant for rallies, however.

We’ll see if Foles sticks as the Bears QB1. Head coach Matt Nagy wasn’t willing to concede anything after the game.