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Quick hits from Bears’ win over Falcons: Cairo Santos, Allen Robinson, costly penalties

A look at three factors in the game Sunday and how they might impact the Bears going forward

Santos is 4 for 6 this season as Eddy Pineiro’s replacement.
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New quarterback Nick Foles was the star of the Bears’ 30-26 escape against the Falcons, but there were several intriguing wrinkles in the game beyond his fourth-quarter rally.

Here are three essential factors for the Bears on Sunday and going forward:

Field goals remain stressful. The Bears missed out on points again as Cairo Santos missed a field goal for the second game in a row, this one being a 46-yarder that he pushed wide left from the right hashmark (he later hit from 35). It’s never a gimme at that distance, even in a dome, but it’s especially bad timing for Santos as Eddy Pineiro is eligible to come off injured reserve this week.

Allen Robinson strikes back. Robinson rebounded from a forgettable game against the Giants to catch 10 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown and appeared to have another 21-yard touchdown catch in his grasp before replay review ruled it an interception by Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard. “It was [wrong] to take away my touchdown,” Robinson said. “For somebody to roll over and gain possession based on leverage, on [me] thinking that the play was over.”

Penalty disparity. After just 11 penalties over the first two games, the Bears had 10 for 80 yards against the Falcons. Mario Edwards and Akiem Hicks each committed roughing the passer on third downs that allowed the Falcons to drive for touchdowns.