Matt Ryan, Falcons defense clamp down on Bears 23-17

Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, and the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Chicago Bears 23-17 in the season opener on Sunday.

Falcons aim for improvement in season opener at Bears

A new season provides the Falcons with a chance to renew their focus. Much of the roster remains intact, with Ryan leading an offense that finished second in the NFL last year with 415.8 yards per game.