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Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.

In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.

''Our play on defense - all I can say is wow,'' coach Matt Nagy said.

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.

''For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow,'' Nagy said. ''It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over - as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family - and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're gonna enjoy tonight and then we're gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week.''

Coming off a shaky outing against Detroit, Goff was 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries, and the Rams' three-game win streak came to an end.

The Rams' only other loss was at New Orleans. But against the Monsters of the Midway, they managed just 214 yards.

''Really, consistently over and over I continue to put our players in bad spots,'' Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said. ''Certainly a humbling night, but it's one you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better and move forward accordingly and that's exactly what we're going to do and that's all I know how to do. And I have to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didn't do a nearly good enough job for us today. I trust we will respond the right way.''

The Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago come away with the win despite a shaky effort from Trubisky.

''All 11 guys collectively going against the offense, it was going to be a big challenge for us,'' Mack said. ''We stepped up to the challenge.''

The Bears needed it with Trubisky struggling about as badly as Goff.

After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.

''It's hard to be down when you get such a big win like that,'' Trubisky said. ''You've just got to put your own selfish thoughts about how you played aside. ... I'm just very proud of the way the team had my back.''

PULLING AHEAD

Goldman broke a 6-6 tie in the opening minute of the third quarter when he sacked Goff for Chicago's first safety this season.

The Bears then used a trick play they call ''Santa's Sleigh'' to make it 15-6, when Sowell hauled in a 2-yarder from Trubisky on a play-action with defensive end Hicks. That made him the first Bears offensive lineman with a TD reception since John St. Clair against Kansas City on Sept. 16, 2017.

''We needed a play so they gave it to the play-maker,'' Sowell said.

The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play.

Los Angeles' Greg Zuerlein missed a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the opening minutes of the fourth after making a 50-yarder earlier in the game.

INJURIES

Rams: CB Dominique Hatfield was taken from the field on a cart with an ankle injury in the third quarter. He was hurt on the kickoff following Sowell's TD. ... C John Sullivan was evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up blocking on a run by Gurley late in the first quarter. But he returned in the second half.

Bears: CB Bryce Callahan left the game with a foot injury late in the first half.

UP NEXT

Rams: Host Philadelphia on Dec. 16.

Bears: Host Green Bay on Dec. 16.

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Key Players
R. Woods 17 WR
61 ReYds, 7 RECs
6
FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
101 RuYds, 2 ReYds, REC
10
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:58
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
plays
yds
pos
6
15
Touchdown 10:01
B.Sowell reported in as eligible. M.Trubisky pass short right to B.Sowell for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
81
yds
4:16
pos
6
14
Safety 14:18
J.Goff sacked in End Zone for -8 yards SAFETY (E.Goldman)
plays
yds
pos
6
8
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:17
G.Zuerlein 50 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
13
plays
43
yds
5:12
pos
6
6
Field Goal 9:28
C.Parkey 31 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
4
plays
-9
yds
1:40
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:53
C.Parkey 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-P.Scales Holder-P.O'Donnell.
12
plays
54
yds
6:24
pos
3
3
Field Goal 9:16
G.Zuerlein 27 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
4
plays
6
yds
1:35
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 23:11 36:49
1st Downs 14 17
Rushing 5 9
Passing 9 6
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 3-12 7-16
4th Down Conv 1-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 214 294
Total Plays 61 66
Avg Gain 3.5 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 52 194
Rush Attempts 13 35
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 5.5
Net Yards Passing 162 100
Comp. - Att. 21-45 16-30
Yards Per Pass 3.6 3.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-25 1-10
Penalties - Yards 9-57 6-45
Touchdowns 0 1
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 4 3
Punts - Avg 3-41.3 5-41.8
Return Yards 59 42
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-22
Kickoffs - Returns 3-59 2-20
Int. - Returns 3-0 4-0
Kicking 2/3 3/4
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 2/3 2/3
Red Zone Eff. 0-2 -0% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 1-2 -50%
Safeties -1 1
1234T
Rams 11-2 33006
Bears 9-4 339015
162 PASS YDS 100
52 RUSH YDS 194
214 TOTAL YDS 294
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.5% 180 0 4 19.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 3934 27 11 101.2
J. Goff 20/44 180 0 4 0
J. Hekker 6 P
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 7 0 0 95.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 19 0 0 84.0
J. Hekker 1/1 7 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
244 1203 15
T. Gurley 11 28 0 12 5
J. Davis 33 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
J. Davis 1 19 0 19 1
J. Goff 16 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 91 1
J. Goff 1 5 0 5 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Woods 17 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 7 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 71 1032 5
R. Woods 13 7 61 0 29 6
J. Reynolds 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 233 3
J. Reynolds 7 3 36 0 16 3
T. Gurley 30 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 504 4
T. Gurley 7 3 30 0 11 5
G. Everett 81 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 246 3
G. Everett 7 4 29 0 9 2
B. Cooks 12 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 1048 3
B. Cooks 7 3 22 0 12 2
T. Higbee 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 226 2
T. Higbee 1 1 9 0 9 0
S. Mannion 14 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
S. Mannion 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-19 1 1.0
L. Joyner 7-0 0.0 0 0
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
74-27 1 4.0
C. Littleton 6-0 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-15 0 3.0
N. Suh 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
A. Talib 5-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-13 0 1.0
M. Brockers 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-28 4 0.0
J. Johnson 5-0 0.0 1 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-13 0 0.0
M. Barron 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 3 0.0
M. Peters 3-0 0.0 1 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-10 1 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 2-1 0.0 1 0
D. Fowler 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 0 4.0
D. Fowler 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-10 1 3.0
S. Ebukam 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Davis 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-15 0 16.0
A. Donald 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Christian 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-6 0 0.0
M. Christian 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Franklin-Myers 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 2.0
J. Franklin-Myers 1-0 1.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
21/24 23/24
G. Zuerlein 2/3 50 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 48.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 45.4 17
J. Hekker 3 48.7 1 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 22.4 28 0
P. Cooper 2 20.5 21 0
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 18.0 24 0
J. Natson 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Trubisky 10 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 110 1 3 33.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 2579 21 12 92.1
M. Trubisky 16/30 110 1 3 6
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Howard 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
197 713 5
J. Howard 19 101 0 21 10
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 69 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
83 384 2
T. Cohen 9 69 0 32 8
M. Trubisky 10 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 386 3
M. Trubisky 6 23 0 13 6
T. Mizzell 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 14 0
T. Mizzell 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Robinson 12 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 615 4
A. Robinson 8 5 42 0 14 4
T. Gabriel 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 57 566 2
T. Gabriel 7 3 22 0 8 2
T. Burton 80 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 470 5
T. Burton 5 2 22 0 17 2
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 679 4
T. Cohen 4 4 20 0 8 8
B. Sowell 79 T
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 1
B. Sowell 1 1 2 1 2 6
J. Howard 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 108 0
J. Howard 1 1 2 0 2 10
J. Bellamy 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 91 1
J. Bellamy 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Miller 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 399 6
A. Miller 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. McManis 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-1 1 1.0
S. McManis 6-1 0.0 0 0
P. Amukamara 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-7 3 0.0
P. Amukamara 5-1 0.0 1 0
R. Smith 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
72-25 1 4.0
R. Smith 4-2 0.0 1 0
A. Hicks 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-11 0 6.0
A. Hicks 3-0 1.0 0 0
K. Fuller 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-9 7 0.0
K. Fuller 3-1 0.0 1 0
K. Mack 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-7 1 10.0
K. Mack 2-1 1.0 0 1
D. Trevathan 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-23 1 2.0
D. Trevathan 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Amos 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-12 2 1.0
A. Amos 2-0 0.0 0 0
L. Floyd 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 1 2.0
L. Floyd 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Callahan 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-6 2 2.0
B. Callahan 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Lynch 99 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 1 3.0
A. Lynch 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Cunningham 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Cunningham 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Jackson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-9 5 1.0
E. Jackson 1-0 0.0 1 0
E. Goldman 91 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 0 2.0
E. Goldman 1-0 1.0 0 0
R. Robertson-Harris 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-9 0 2.0
R. Robertson-Harris 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Parkey 1 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
21/27 36/38
C. Parkey 2/3 39 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. O'Donnell 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 45.8 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 45.5 23
P. O'Donnell 5 45.8 4 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Miller 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 20 0
A. Miller 1 20.0 20 0
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 11.0 22 0
T. Cohen 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cohen 29 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 12.4 42 0
T. Cohen 1 22.0 22 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:47 CHI 15 1:35 4 6 FG
2:48 LAR 26 2:58 6 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:45 LAR 20 0:41 1 -10 INT
9:24 LAR 25 5:12 13 43 FG
1:37 LAR 14 0:47 4 14 Punt
0:19 CHI 49 0:19 2 1 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 13 0:46 2 -13 Safety
9:58 LAR 18 2:13 3 8 Punt
3:58 CHI 27 0:06 1 0 INT
0:32 LAR 5 5:21 14 73 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:44 LAR 18 2:16 7 8 Downs
2:45 LAR 28 0:32 6 16 INT
0:25 LAR 2 0:25 1 19 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHI 23 4:13 7 19 INT
9:12 CHI 25 6:24 12 54 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 CHI 26 3:05 6 29 Punt
11:04 LAR 4 1:40 4 -9 FG
4:12 CHI 25 2:34 6 21 Punt
0:51 CHI 39 0:32 3 0 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:14 CHI 19 4:16 9 81 TD
7:45 CHI 12 3:47 7 31 INT
3:52 CHI 19 3:20 4 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:11 CHI 30 3:27 4 15 Punt
4:28 LAR 26 1:43 4 6 FG Miss
2:13 CHI 48 1:48 3 0 Punt