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Game Recap: Bears drop to 5-2 with loss to Rams

Chicago Bears
28 Oct 2020, 00:37 GMT+10

Larry Mayer

The Bears were outplayed on both sides of the ball Monday night in Los Angeles, falling to 5-2 with a 24-10 loss to the Rams at SoFi Stadium.

The Bears offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season and has now been limited to five TDs in its last four games after generating nine touchdowns in its first three contests.

The Bears reached the red zone twice Monday night. But Nick Foles threw an interception from the 9 with the Rams leading 17-3 in the third quarter, and then Foles was sacked on fourth-and-goal from the 4 in the fourth period while trailing 24-3.

Jackson recovers fumble, runs for TD Mack bears down on Goff for strip/sack Kmet makes spectacular catch for 38-yard gain

Foles finished the game completing 28 of 40 passes for 261 yards with two interceptions and a 66.8 passer rating.

The defense produced the Bears' only touchdown, as Robert Quinn stripped receiver Robert Woods on a running play and Eddie Jackson returned the fumble eight yards for a score, closing the gap to 24-10 with 7:30 left in the game. But the Bears could get no closer.

The defense permitted three touchdowns to the Rams, matching the total the unit yielded in its three previous games against the Colts, Buccaneers and Panthers. The Bears entered Week 7 as the NFL's No. 1-ranked red-zone defense, but allowed three touchdowns on four possessions inside their 20 Monday night.

The Bears were also outrushed in the game by a margin of 161-49.

The Rams led 10-3 at halftime, holding advantages in the first half in yards (223-126) and first downs (13-5). The Bears offense struggled, with four of five first-half possessions resulting in punts from their own territory.

The Rams took a 7-0 lead on Jared Goff's 4-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds late in the first quarter. Los Angeles didn't even need a third down on the 7-play, 52-yard drive as Goff completed 5 of 6 passes for 47 yards.

The Bears responded by cutting the deficit to 7-3 on Cairo Santos' 42-yard field goal early in the second quarter. The kick came after rookie Cole Kmet snatched a 38-yard completion from Foles away from a defender on the first snap of the 8-play, 58-yard drive.

The Rams increased their lead to 10-3 on Sam Sloman's 22-yard field goal with 4:55 remaining in the first half. Los Angeles settled for the kick after Buster Skrine tackled running back Darrell Henderson after a 2-yard catch on third-and-4 from the 6. The six-play, 58-yard drive was highlighted by Cooper Kupp's 16-yard run and Goff's 34-yard pass to tight end Johnny Mundt.

The Bears went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half, which began at their own 1. On third down, Darnell Mooney was wide open deep after making a nifty double move against cornerback Jalen Ramsey. But Foles was unable to make an accurate throw because he was immediately pressured by outside linebacker Jachai Polite.

The Rams followed by widening the margin to 17-3 on Malcolm Brown's 1-yard touchdown run with 8:06 left in the third quarter.

The Bears marched to the Rams' 9, but on second-and-4 Foles rolled to his left and threw to a well-covered Mooney. Cornerback Troy Hill broke up the pass and safety Taylor Rapp intercepted it.

The Rams converted the turnover into Goff's 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Gerald Everett, increasing their lead to 24-3 late in the third quarter. The Bears defense followed by scoring its first touchdown of the season, but it wasn't enough as the offense failed to get into the end zone on two subsequent possessions.

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