– The BEars put together the drive they needed as Cutler went to work spreading it around.
– Completions to Jeffery for 10 and 10 and 8 picked up 28 yards.
– Cutler took off on a broken play for a gain of 21 to the Rams 6.
– Defense comes up huge and holds the Bears to a 22- yard field goal from Gould. He converts and the Bears lead 13-6 with 9:45 to play.
– Rams offense has been silent today, need a big drive here.
– The offense starts at the 20.
– Bradford hit Amendola for 19 yards and a first down.
– On second-and-10 from the 39, Bradford tried to squeeze it into Amendola but Tim Jennings deflected it and S Major Wright grabbed it and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The Bears lead 20-6 and the Rams will need to come up with something special in the final 9:06 to get back in it.
– Rams go three and out. Running out of time here.
– Bears get it again at the Rams 48.
– The Rams got a stop and took over at their 8.
– Another three and out for the offense. Rough performance for the offense coming off a big day last week.
– That’ll likely do it for this one.
– The Bears have it again at the Rams 47 with 4:11 to play.
– Cutler hit Marshall for a gain of 33 yards to the Rams’ 19.
– Three runs didn’t go anywhere and Gould came on for another field goal, this time from 37 yards out. He hit for the third time today and the Bears lead 23-6 with 2:23 to go.
– Bradford intercepted by Jennings to give it back to the Bears. They can run it out.
– The Rams fall 23-6 and drop to 1-2 on the season.
– The Rams have to find a way to sustain some drives or the defense will wear down. Time of possession in first half was 19:41 to 10:19 in favor of Chicago.
– Good start as Bradford hits Amendola for 30 yards on second and 10.
– A 4-yard run was canceled by a 5-yard false start to make it second-and-11 at the Rams 46.
– A 10-yard completion to Gibson made it third and 1. The Rams went for it on fourth after an incompletion and again missed a connection. Have to convert there.
– Chicago takes over at its 43.
– The Rams get a three and out as Long picks up his second sack of the day for a loss of 10.
– The Bears punted it away and the Rams took over at their 33.
– The Rams put together their best drive of the day with a 9-yard third down conversion to Givens, a 13-yard run from Jackson and a 12-yard completion to Matt Mulligan.
– They couldn’t convert on third-and-9 and settled for another field goal.
– Ho hum, 46 yards from Zuerlein to make it 10-6 Bears with 6:14 to go in the third.
– Defense does its job with a three and out.
– The Rams take over again at their 37.
– The offense got a gift from Peppers when he committed a personal foul penalty on third and 24 to give the Rams a first down but they couldn’t capitalize and punted it back.
– The Bears start again from their 25.
– Cutler hit Jeffery for 10 yards and a first down at the end of the quarter.
– The Bears have a first down at their 35 to open the fourth as the Rams trail 10-6.
– The Bears start again from their 20.
– On second and 9, Bush had another big gain, for 12 to the Rams’ 33.
– DT Kellen Heard burst through the line to drop Bush for a 4-yard loss and an incompletion set up third-and-14.
– Cutler hit Earl Bennett for a gain of 11 to force a punt.
– The Rams get it back at their 17.
– Jackson is out of the game and has his groin wrapped. Richardson in.
– He picked up 12 on his first carry but an aborted play on second down killed the drive.
– Hekker hit a perfect punt that traveled 55 yards and went out of bounds at Chicago’s 19, where the Bears start again.
– The Bears picked up first downs on a 10-yard completion to Jeffery and an 11-yard screen to Kahlil Bell. Bears having a lot of success in screen game.
– After a false start penalty, Bell ripped off a gain of 18 for yet another first down. Quinn struggling against the run.
– The Rams again shoot themselves in the foot when they appeared to have a stop as Stewart was flagged for helmet to helmet hit on Cutler on a third down incompletion to give the Bears a first down at the Rams’ 30.
– Cutler followed with a 13-yard strike to Marshall to the Rams’ 17.
– On third-and-8, the Bears converted again as Cutler hit Marshall for 12 yards to the Rams’ 3.
– Time of possession is all Bears right now.
– Bush finished it with a 3-yard touchdown run. Bears lead 10-0 with 1:56 to go in the half.
– Penalties kept alive both Chicago scoring drives. Mistakes the Rams just can’t continue to make.
– Rams start from their 20 with 1:56 to go in the half. They have all three timeouts.
– Jackson back in the game.
– Bradford hit Jackson for 5 and Steve Smith for 15.
– A 10-yard run to midfield gave the Rams another first down.
– Two plays picked up 3 to set up third-and-7 at the 47.
– Bradford hit Amendola for 10 yards and a first down to the 37 and promptly spiked it for second down at the 37.
– Two more incompletions made it fourth and 10.
– The Rams sent K Greg Zuerlein on for an attempt from 56 yards out.
– He hit. What a weapon.
– All things considered, it’s only 10-3 at the half and the Rams get the ball first to open the second.
– The Rams win the toss and elect to defer. They’ll go on defense first.
– Chicago started from its 27.
– Bush picked up 12 on first down and the Bears got another first on a 3-yard run to the Rams’ 49.
– After a false start, Cutler hit TE Kellen Davis for a gain of 8 and a 2-yard gain by Bush set up third-and-5 at the Rams’ 44.
– The Bears burned their first timeout when they saw something they didn’t like.
– Janoris Jenkins broke up a pass on third down and a holding penalty forced Chicago to punt on fourth-and-15.
– But an awful unnecessary roughness penalty on Mario Haggan gave the Bears new life and a first down at the Rams’ 39.
– The Bears only picked up 3 more yards and settled for a 54-yard field goal from K Robbie Gould. The Bears take a 3-0 lead with 10:41 to go in the first.
– Rams start their initial drive from their 20.
– An 8-yard completion to Gibson and a 4-yard Bradford run gave the Rams a first down.
– They picked up another on Jackson gaining 2 on third and 1.
– On third-and-2 at Chicago’s 47, Bradford was sacked by Amobi Okoye when he beat G Harvey Dahl.
– The Rams punted it away and Chicago takes over again at its 35.
– Jenkins missed a golden opportunity for an interception on first down and Long picked up a sack on second down.
– Bush caught a screen and converted a third-and-17 with an 18-yard gain.
– But the Rams got it back after Chicago drove deep into Rams territory as Finnegan got his third interception in as many games.
– Finnegan returned it to Chicago’s 46 but fumbled as he fell. The officials let play continue but a booth review got it back for the Rams on an obvious call.
– The Rams take over at the 46.
– The Rams promptly went three and out as they missed another opportunity on second and 10. Bradford threw deep left for Gibson, who was open but simply didn’t make the catch.
– Ojinnaka got beat for a sack by Stephen Paea on third down to force another Rams punt.
– At the end of the first, the Rams trail 3-0.
– Greetings from Soldier Field where the Rams and Bears are warming up for today’s noon kickoff.
– Let’s get right to business: RB Steven Jackson and his groin. Jackson tested out the groin in pregame warmups and he is going to play. Jackson is ACTIVE and will start.
– That means the Rams will have the two rookies ready to back him up in Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. Terrance Ganaway is inactive.
– The rest of the Rams’ inactives: DT Michael Brockers, DT Matt Conrath, QB Austin Davis, S Matt Daniels, T Rodger Saffold and WR Quick, in addition to Ganaway.
– The starting O-Line will be no surprise: LT Wayne Hunter, LG Quinn Ojinnaka, C Rob Turner, RG Harvey Dahl and RT Barry Richardson.
– At safety, Darian Stewart will be active for the first time. He’ll contribute on special teams and serve as a backup.
– Brockers actually did some warmup work in pregame but without having practiced in a month, he was unable to go. It looks good for him for next week, though.
– The Rams are wearing white jerseys with blue pants today.
– Of note for the Bears – no surprise here – RB Matt Forte is inactive.
– Michael Bush gets the start in his place.
– We’ll have updates throughout the game. Stay tuned.
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