LOS ANGELES – Strong contributions from the run game coupled with a strong defensive performance helped the Rams (6-4) bounce back with a 17-7 win over the Bears (4-6) Sunday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
RB Todd Gurley led Los Angeles' offense with a season-high 133 yards from scrimmage – 97 rushing yards on 25 carries with one touchdown and three receptions for 36 yards. QB Jared Goff was 11 of 18 for 173 yards with one interception.
Defensively, CB Troy Hill chipped in six tackles – second only to safety Taylor Rapp's seven for the team high – plus one sack and one interception.
Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 48-yard field goal attempt wide left on the opening drive. However, the Rams gave it right back on a fumble by Gurley, recovered by the Bears at the Rams 46.
Electing not to kick a field goal, the Bears instead chose to go for it on 4th and 9 from the Rams 31. However, the conversion was unsuccessful after Los Angeles CB Jalen Ramsey broke up a pass for intended for Chicago WR Taylor Gabriel.
A 13-yard run and 13-yard reception by Gurley on the ensuing drive helped the Rams into Bears territory. However, it would end with the same as the opening series, as Goff was picked off by Chicago LB Roquan Smith. However, like the Rams, the Bears were unable to capitalize. Pineiro's 47-yard field goal attempt went wide right at the end of the drive for his second miss of the contest.
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein tacked on a 38-yard field goal early in the second quarter for 3-0 lead with 11:31 left in the first half. A Troy Hill interception a little over six minutes later helped set up a 51-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Kupp. However, officials overturned the ruling and instead said Kupp fumbled at the Bears 1-yard line. It wouldn't matter, though, as Gurley would punch it in for a touchdown on the next play to give the Rams a 10-0 lead with 3:28 left. They would take that 10-point lead into halftime.
After forcing a 3-and-out by the Rams, the Bears took advantage with a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Trubisky's 14-yard touchdown pass to RB Tarik Cohen at the end of the series cut L.A.'s lead to 10-7 with 7:10 left in the third quarter. It would be the only scoring play of the period.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Rams had a 51-yard touchdown pass from Goff to WR Josh Reynolds nullified by an illegal formation penalty. It would not matter too much, though, as the Rams still found the endzone via a five-yard touchdown run by RB Malcolm Brown at the end of the drive to extend their lead to 17-7 with 3:31 left.
The Bears benched Trubisky for backup Chase Daniel on their ensuing offensive drive and elected to go for it on 4th and 14 from their own 21, but were unable to convert after Daniel's pass intended for RB David Montgomery fell incomplete.
Taking over on downs, the Rams would run out the final 1:48 on the clock to secure their sixth win of the season.