The Bears’ defense left no doubt about its status as one of the NFL’s best in a 15-6 victory over the Rams on “Sunday Night Football.” The team picked off Jared Goff four times and limited Todd Gurley to 28 rushing yards as part of its most impressive victory of the season thus far.
The marquee matchup against Los Angeles, which entered the game with an 11-1 record, proved to a coming out party for the Bears’ defense. If there was any doubt over how good that unit can be, it silenced it in striking fashion Sunday.
Mitch Trubisky struggled in his return with just 110 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, but it hardly mattered in the end. The Rams could simply get nothing going on offense despite the Goff-Gurley combination.
Relive the Bears’ impressive Week 14 victory over the NFC West champions below.
Final score: Bears 15, Rams 6
Bears 15, Rams 6: The Bears punt it off and down the ball at the Rams’ own 2-yard line with 25 seconds left on the clock. It would take a miracle for this game to not be over.
Bears 15, Rams 6: A fourth-down pass from Jared Goff is picked off by Prince Amukamara, and that’ll pretty much do it from Soldier Field. What an effort by the Bears’ defense.
Bears 15, Rams 6: Cody Parkey misses a field goal with just under three minutes left in regulation that would’ve pushed the lead up to 12. That’s his first missed kick since the disastrous game against the Lions.
Bears 15, Rams 6: TURNOVER ON DOWNS! The Bears deliver on a crucial fourth down stop with a sack of Jared Goff that gives them prime territory to pad out their lead.
Bears 15, Rams 6: The Bears milk some time off the clock and force the Rams to burn their remaining timeouts with their running game but are forced to punt it away with just over seven minutes left in regulation.
Bears 15, Rams 6: Not only does the Bears’ defense get the stop in the red zone, but Greg Zuerlein hits the uprights with the 40-yard field goal attempt, so the Rams get nothing out of a lengthy drive.
Bears 15, Rams 6: Los Angeles converts a big third down early in the quarter to keep the drive alive.
Third quarter: Bears 15, Rams 6
Bears 15, Rams 6: A stalled out Bears drive gave the ball back to the Rams to wrap up the third quarter.
Bears 15, Rams 6: INTERCEPTION THE OTHER WAY! Kyle Fuller takes the ball right back for the Bears with his league-leading seventh pick of the season. What a response by the defense right after the offense’s error.
Bears 15, Rams 6: Another Mitch Trubisky overthrow, another interception for the Rams’ defense.
Bears 15, Rams 6: A forced fumble from a Khalil Mack strip sack doesn’t lead to another takeaway for the Bears’ defense, but they still hold up on third down to get the stop. The Rams still haven’t topped 100 total yards in this game yet.
Bears 15, Rams 6: TOUCHDOWN! What a creative play call on third-and-goal from Matt Nagy. With Akiem Hicks lined up at running back, the Bears faked to Hicks, then passed to a wide open Bradley Sowell for his first-ever NFL catch.
A certain quarterback who learned under Nagy last year enjoyed that one.
Bears 8, Rams 6: The running game and play action passing have combined to make the Bears’ offense tough to stop on this drive.
Bears 8, Rams 6: SAFETY! The Bears’ defense comes out roaring in the second half with a sack on Jared Goff in the end zone for the safety. The play that preceded it was similarly impressive with the defensive line overwhelming the Rams to stop Todd Gurley behind the line of scrimmage.
Bears 6, Rams 6: Time to shine, Sherrick McManis, because the Bears have ruled out Bryce Callahan for the rest of the game due to injury.
Halftime: Bears 6, Rams 6
Bears 6, Rams 6: Eddie Jackson pads out his statistics with an interception on a Hail Mary attempt to wrap up the half. Los Angeles will get the ball to open the second half in a tie game.
Bears 6, Rams 6: A late interception near the sideline by Nickell Robey-Coleman gives the Rams a last-ditch chance to score before the end of the half.
Bears 6, Rams 6: The Bears’ defense holds after a long series but Greg Zuerlein hits from 50 yards to complete a 13-play, 43-yard drive.
Bears 6, Rams 3: The Rams go for the fake punt on fourth down – something they’ve done before with punter Johnny Hekker – and officials initially rule the runner down by contact before the first down line. However, a review overturns the call, so LA is back on offense after a bit of trickery from Sean McVay.
Bears 6, Rams 3: Penalties sent the Bears going in the wrong direction on first-and-goal, so they had to settle for another Cody Parkey field goal. It’s fair to say that was a missed opportunity with an extremely short field after forcing a rare turnover from Jared Goff.
Bears 3, Rams 3: INTERCEPTION! Roquan Smith’s first career pick is a big one that puts the Bears inside the Rams’ 5-yard line. The pass rush deserves credit for getting in Jared Goff’s face on that pass.
Bears 3, Rams 3: The Bears’ defense opens the second quarter with a stop on third-and-2. The Rams have just 25 total yards so far. Also, Los Angeles center John Sullivan is being evaluated for a concussion, so he’s left the game for the time being.
First quarter: Bears 3, Rams 3
Bears 3, Rams 3: A big run by Tarik Cohen pushed the Bears into the red zone but the drive stalled out from there. Cody Parkey’s practice time at Soldier Field seems to be doing the trick, though, because he hit from 39 yards to tie the game up.
Rams 3, Bears 0: A second-and-21 doesn’t stop the Bears from hitting a couple of passes to keep the chains moving. They’re near midfield again after losing possession around here last time.
Rams 3, Bears 0: The Rams’ offense can’t take advantage of the short field afforded by the turnover, so they settle for a field goal from Greg Zuerlein.
Bears 0, Rams 0: A bad overthrow by Mitch Trubisky costs the Bears badly as it goes directly into the hands of a waiting Marcus Peters, who returned the ball deep into Chicago territory. Now the defense takes the field without much room behind it.
Bears 0, Rams 0: Mitch Trubisky took off running on the Bears’ first offensive play of the game, so it appears he hasn’t lost his confidence taking off outside the pocket. The Rams will get the ball to open the second half after winning the coin toss and deferring.
Before the game
The Bears get a chance to put their status as a top team under the microscope for a national audience Sunday night with a prime time matchup against the Rams. The game begins at 7:20 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on NBC after being flexed weeks ago from its previous afternoon slot.
The television executives decided to push this game back for “Sunday Night Football” once it became clear it would serve as a showdown between two of the top teams in the NFC. The Steelers’ matchup with Jon Gruden’s Raiders had previously been in that spot, but NBC understandably wanted to go in another direction with Oakland struggling badly in its first year of new leadership.
The Rams and Bears should provide a much more intriguing pairing on the field. Los Angeles leads the NFL with an 11-1 record behind one of the most balanced rosters in the game. Chicago may have lost last week to the Giants in overtime to fall to 8-4, but it’s shown flashes of strength on both sides of the ball.
The return of Mitch Trubisky may also play a significant factor after his absence the past two weeks due to a shoulder injury. Chase Daniel filled in admirably for the Bears in a Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions but struggled badly against the Giants until orchestrating a last-minute comeback to force OT. Trubisky should be able to add some dynamism to the Bears’ offense that had been missing with him on the sideline.
How to watch Bears vs. Rams
Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Live stream: NBC Sports Live