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Bears Matchup Flashback: SoFi, So Bad

The Bears take on the Rams this Sunday to kick-off their 2021 campaign. Let’s revisit the last time these two teams battled against one another.

The NFL season is underway! The Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams will square off on Sunday Night from SoFi Stadium in L.A to kick-off their respective seasons. As these two teams make their returns to the field, so does the weekly edition of “Bears Matchup Flashback”! Where we look at the previous matchup between the Bears and their opponent for the week. So without further ado let’s get this show on the road!

History

The Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams will face one another for what seems like the hundredth straight season. In reality, this Sunday will mark the fourth consecutive year these two franchises have met on the field. However, since 2019 every meeting has taken place in L.A with the lone game in Chicago taking place in 2018. Coincidentally, all four matchup have been under the bright lights, three on Sunday Night Football and one on Monday Night Football. During this period, Matt Nagy‘s squad are 1-2 against the Sean McVay and his crew. Now, the Bears look to even up the series this coming Sunday.

Nevertheless, the Bears hold a 54-38-3 advantage all-time over the Rams. As the Rams went from Cleveland to Los Angeles to St. Louis then back to Los Angeles again. This all-time advantage includes a 1-1 record against the Rams in the postseason. One of which was 24-0 drubbing of the Rams during the 1985 NFC Championship game.

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Previous Meeting

The Bears and Rams took the field against one another on Monday, October 26, 2020. The bright lights of Monday Night Football on ESPN. Coming into this contest Chicago was carrying a 5-1 record. While Los Angeles accrued at 4-2 record. This game for all practical purposed changed the course of the season for both teams. Additionally, for Chicago this was their first time playing at, newly built, SoFi Stadium.

First Half

The first half of this matchup started off in typical Bears fashion. A six play, 17 yard drive that resulted in a punt. However, the defense managed to stop the McVay’s offense and forced a punt of their own. Of course, the Rams still marched 51 yards on them with ease. Consequently, Nagy’s offense floundered on their next possession and punted the ball back to the home team following a 3 play, 5 yard drive. Although, the Bears defense wouldn’t be able to stop the Rams on the next drive. The Rams took chunk play after chunk play and drove 52 yards on seven plays and found pay dirt. The Bears saw themselves down 7-0 early, against a high octane offense.

Correspondingly, Nick Foles found Cole Kmet for a 38 yard receptions. Following that play, the two connected again for seven yards. Only for the offense to stall out after showing a little bit of rhythm.

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However, Nagy’s offense was rewarded for their efforts as Cairo Santos drilled a 42-yard field goal. Although these were the only points Chicago scored in the first half.

On the following drive, the Rams chewed up roughly five minutes. They went on a nine play, 35 yard drive in which they were forced to punt the ball back to Chicago. After another three play, five yard offensive possession, the Bears returned the favor by punting it back to Jared Goff and McVay. As a result, six plays and 58 yards later, the Rams put up three more points. Now, the Bears would show a little life on offense. But alas, Foles would take two sacks and end any promise on offense. The Rams got the ball back and took it into halftime with a 10-3 lead.

It was slapstick first half by the Bears.

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Second Half

Of course, the second half didn’t get any better for the beloved Bears. Chicago forced the Rams to punt coming out of halftime. But only to see no traction on offense with a 3 play, four yard drive. As the Rams smelled blood in the water, they went on a seven play, 55 yard offensive possession that was capped off by a Malcolm Brown touchdown run.

Oct 26, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) runs against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On the ensuing possession, the Bears drove down the field 71 yards on five plays. However, on the sixth play, Foles tossed an interception intended for Darnell Mooney at the Rams 9 yard line. Thus, ending a promising possession and taking potential points off the board. In typical Bears fashion, the Rams took the ball off the turnover and stomped all over Chicago’s defense for an eight play, 80 yard drive. Which was finished off by a Goff touchdown pass to Gerald Everett.

The hilarity continue on the next Chicago offensive drive as their drive stalled on a turnover on downs. After they managed to move the ball fifty yards on the Rams defense. Now down 24-3 late in the game, the Bears would get their first touchdown of the night. Although, it came on defense as Eddie Jackson recovered a fumble and took it to the house for an eight yard score.

The rest of the game played out as such:

  • Rams punt (3 plays, 6 yards)
  • Bears interception (6 plays, 18 yards)
  • Rams punt (3 plays, -2 yards)
  • Bears turnover on downs (9 plays, 27 yards)
  • Rams/end of game (2 plays, -2 yards)

Aftermath

The Bears dropped this game to the Rams by the score of 24-10. The overall team performance was embarrassing in all aspects of the game. Now, Chicago and Los Angeles were both knotted up with a 5-2 record but were headed in opposite directions. The Rams would finish out the remainder of their schedule 5-4 and end the season with a 10-6 record. Whereas, the Bears losing to the Rams was the beginning of their tail spin. They lost five consecutive games following the Monday Night disaster. Ultimately, they salvaged three wins against lesser opponents late in the season and finished 8-8. Both the Rams and Bears were in the playoffs but fell well short of their Super Bowl expectations.


Writer/contributor for On Tap Sports Net and Bears on Tap. Lifelong and a die-hard fan of the Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks. Nothing but respect the White Sox though. Enjoying life and having a good time. Interests also include eating, gaming, sometimes reading and tons of tomfoolery. Good sense of humor (although sometimes dry). Occasionally witty. Follow me on Twitter

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