Chicago Bears 10-24 Los Angeles Rams: Defense powers Rams to victory while punter Johnny Hekker shines
Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd had two sacks against his former team
Last Updated: 27/10/20 10:03am
Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes and the Los Angeles defense made a statement as the Rams beat the Chicago Bears 24-10 on Monday night.
Malcolm Brown rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown while Gerald Everett and Josh Reynolds each caught touchdown passes to help the Rams (5-2) improve to 3-0 at their new $5b stadium. Goff was 23 of 33 for 219 yards.
The Rams' defense held the Bears (5-2) to 49 rushing yards while recording four sacks and two interceptions. Having entered giving up 19 points per game, fifth-best in the NFL, Los Angeles have now allowed just 33 second-half points in seven games.
Rams punter Johnny Hekker also played a key role as the four-time Pro Bowler saw all five of his punts pin the Bears inside their own 10-yard line.
- Rams stats: Jared Goff, 22/33, 219 yards, 2 TDs
- Rushing leader: Darrell Henderson, 15 carries, 64 yards
- Receiving leader: Josh Reynolds, four catches, 52 yards, 1 TD
Chicago's only touchdown came on an eight-yard fumble recovery and return in the fourth quarter by safety Eddie Jackson. The Bears entered allowing a seventh-best 19.3 points per game in the NFL Week Six.
Bears quarterback Nick Foles was 28 of 40 for 261 yards. After a tight first half, Los Angeles opened the lead to 17-3 early after the restart on a one-yard run by Brown that capped a seven-play, 55-yard drive.
The Bears were poised to answer quickly, driving to the Los Angeles nine-yard line, but Foles had his pass in the end zone intercepted by safety Taylor Rapp.
- Bears stats: Nick Foles, 28/40, 261 yards, 2 INTs
- Rushing leader: David Montgomery, 14 carries, 48 yards
- Receiving leader: Allen Robinson, four catches, 70 yards
Los Angeles boosted the advantage to 24-3 on a 12-yard pass from Goff to Everett with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bears' lone touchdown came with 7:30 left when Jackson picked up a fumble by Robert Woods and went into the end zone untouched.
Los Angeles had 223 yards of total offense in the first half while building a 10-3 lead, while in comparison the Bears' offense had just 126 yards of offense in the opening two quarters.
|Bears 0-7 Rams||Jared Goff four-yard TD pass to Josh Reynolds (extra point)|
|Bears 3-7 Rams||Cairo Santos 42-yard field goal|
|Bears 3-10 Rams||Sam Sloman 22-yard field goal|
|Bears 3-17 Rams||Malcolm Brown one-yard rushing TD (extra point)|
|Bears 3-24 Rams||Jared Goff 12-yard TD pass to Gerald Everett (extra point)|
|Bears 10-24 Rams||Eddie Jackson eight-yard fumble return (extra point)|
The Rams took a 7-0 lead in the first when Goff hit Reynolds on a four-yard pass to round off a seven-play, 52-yard drive.
Chicago answered with an eight-play, 58-yard drive ending in a 42-yard field goal from Cairo Santos on the second play of the second quarter. Los Angeles made it 10-3 five minutes before halftime on a 22-yard field goal from rookie Sam Sloman.
The victory means the Rams improve to 2-1 against the Bears over the past three seasons with the losing team scoring 10 points or fewer in each of the contests.
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