The Rams, who owned the top defense in the NFL in 2020, host the Bears in the final game of the first Sunday of the season.
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Date: Sept. 12, 2021
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
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FINAL - Rams beat the Bears 34-14. Matthew Stafford shined in his first game with the Rams throwing for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns.
4th Quarter 1:43 - The Rams take a knee on first down and will take two more to end the game and collect their first win of the year
4th Quarter 2:00 - We are at the 2 minute warning and the Rams have the ball up 34-14. They just need to run out the clock to get their first win of the year.
4th Quarter 2:15 - SACK! Aaron Donald with his first sack of the year give the ball back to the Rams and effectively ends the game
4th Quarter 2:23 - The Bears face another 4th down this time inside their own territory
4th Quarter 3:17 - TOUCHDOWN RAMS! Stafford finds Woods in the back on the end zone for his third touchdown pass of the night! Rams lead 34-14
4th Quarter 3:22 - Timeout Chicago as the Rams have 3rd and goal from the Bears 1. If the Rams punch it in the game is all but over
4th Quarter 3:52 - Henderson takes the ball down to the five yard line on 3rd and 8. First and goal
4th Quarter 6:32 - Cooper Kupp takes a wide receiver screen, breaks tackles and gets a first down on 3rd and 13
4th Quarter 8:57 - Two runs for Henderson gives the Rams a quick first down
4th Quarter 10:41 - The Rams break up the fourth down pass and will take over on their own 30
4th Quarter 10:44 - The Bears are going to go for it on 4th and 15 down 13 points. A field goal would cut it to 10 but Chicago needs it to make it a possession game
4th Quarter 11:05 - SACK! Rams get to Dalton and the Bears suffer a big loss
4th Quarter 12:17 - Williams with a. first down run and the Bears are down to the Rams 25
4th Quarter 14:52 - Montgomery with another tough run and the Bears have a first down in the Rams territory
End of 3rd Quarter - Rams 27 Bears 14. Only three total possessions in the third quarter combined but everyone ended in a touchdown. The Bears are driving as we head to the fourth quarter
3rd Quarter 1:13 - The Bears will start from their own 22 as they look to answer the Rams yet again
3rd Quarter 1:19 - TOUCHDOWN RAMS! Darrell Henderson Jr scores his first touchdown of the year and the Rams now lead 27-14
3rd Quarter 1:40 - Stafford to Kupp goes down to the one just missing their second touchdown of the game.
3rd Quarter 3:16 - Stafford hits Higbee for a 38 yard completion after a big third down conversion has the Rams back in Bears territory
3rd Quarter 4:14 - The Bears drive went 16 plays and took 9:38 off the clock. Impressive answer to the quick touchdown by the Rams
3rd Quarter 4:14 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS! Justin Fields comes into the game and runs it in from 3 yards out! Fields first NFL touchdown has the Bears now down 20-14
3rd Quarter 4:58 - The Bears convert on a pass from Dalton to Jimmy Graham down to the Rams 3
3rd Quarter 5:08 - The Bears call a timeout as the play clock was down to five with Chicago in 3rd and 8 inside the Rams 20
3rd Quarter 6:12 - Another offensive lineman is down for the Bears, Borom came in for Peters and is already limping off the field
3rd Quarter 7:08 - A first down run by Damien Williams and the Bears are inside the 20
3rd Quarter 9:42 - The Bears convert another third down play and they keep the chains moving
3rd Quarter 10:36 - An already thin Bears line is dealt a blow as Jason Peters is questionable to return
3rd Quarter 11:04 - Another first down and the Bears are back on the move
3rd Quarter 12:24 - The Bears get a third-down conversion on a pass from Dalton to Robinson
3rd Quarter 13:52 - TOUCHDOWN RAMS! One play later and Stafford hits a wide open Cooper Kupp for a 56 yard touchdown! Rams now up 20-7 early in the third
3rd Quarter 14:20 - A 19 yard pass on third down from Stafford to Woods has the Rams on the move
3rd Quarter 15:00 - The kickoff goes into the end zone and the Rams will start their first drive of their second half on their own 25
Halftime - Rams 13 Bears 7. Chicago outgains the Rams 191 to 154, but two turnovers and a failed fourth down play is the difference as the Rams lead. Los Angeles will receive the ball to start the second half
2nd Quarter 0:20 - The Rams take a knee and head to halftime up 13-7
2nd Quarter 0:34 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS! David Montgomery breaks tackles and gets it in from 3 yards out for the Bears first touchdown of the year and cuts the lead to 13-7
2nd Quarter 2:00 - The two minute warning is here and the Bears are down to the Rams 20 looking to get a score before halftime
2nd Quarter 4:36 - Bears with a quick first down and they are back in the Rams territory
2nd Quarter 5:23 - The Bears get the stop and will get the ball back, huge series for the Chicago defense
2nd Quarter 6:22 - SACK! The Bears finally get to Stafford and sack him on the Rams 4 yard line
2nd Quarter 7:25 - The Bears decide to punt on this 4th down, a fair catch by Cooper Kupp has the Rams starting on their own 10
2nd Quarter 10:10 - The Bears are on the move again, lets see if they can finish a drive this time
2nd Quarter 11:39 - FIELD GOAL RAMS! Matt Gay 22 yard field goal is good and the Rams lead 13-0
2nd Quarter 11:42 - Stafford misses on third down inside the ten and the Rams must settle for a field goal again
2nd Quarter 13:50 - The Rams do go for it and convert on a completion by Stafford and they are down to the Bears 20
2nd Quarter 13:56 - The Rams line up for it on 4th down but can't get the Bears to jump so they call timeout
End of 1st Quarter - The Bears run more plays and move the ball but turn the ball over twice and the Rams are up 10-0 as we head to the 2nd quarter
1st Quarter 1:14 - FUMBLE! The Rams defense once again stops Chicago on 4th down and Los Angeles recovers the fumble at their own 43
1st Quarter 1:45 - Bears are going for it again on 4th and 3 looking to stop the Rams momentum
1st Quarter 2:42 - Two negative plays in a row have the Bears in a 3rd and long
1st Quarter 3:50 - Dalton's pass to Goodwin goes fro 19 yards for a first down. Add on a facemark and the Bears are down to the Rams 44
1st Quarter 4:39 - FIELD GOAL RAMS! Matt Gay's kick is good from 53 and the Rams lead 10-0
1st Quarter 4:44 - Stafford's first incompletion forces a field goal attempt, a small win for the Bears
1st Quarter 7:17 - Dalton's pass goes incomplete and the Bears turn the ball over on downs
1st Quarter 7:53 - The Bears with the first big decision and will go for it on 4th and 4
1st Quarter 10:17 - Montgomery with his second good run, this one for 13 yards for a Bears first down
1st Quarter 10:36 - TOUCHDOWN RAMS! Stafford's second pass goes for a 67 yard touchdown to Van Jefferson! Rams lead 7-0
1st Quarter 11:02 - Matthew Stafford's first pass as a Ram goes for a first down
1st Quarter 11:54 - INTERCEPTION! A great opening drive by the Bears ends in an interception in the end zone by David Long Jr.
1st Quarter 12:32 - Justin Fields comes into the game for the first time and throws a completion in his first NFL pass
1st Quarter 13:47 - Huge first run of the year by David Montgomery for 41 yards and the Bears are down to the Rams 12
1st Quarter 14:50 - A great runback by the Bears has them starting from their own 44 to start the game
1st Quarter 15:00 - The Bears will receive the opening kickoff for tonight's game
8:18 - The Rams are thinking Super Bowl with their new uniforms and new quarterback Matthew Stafford
8:17 - Game is about ready to kickoff and the Bears are hoping to pull off a big road victory to start the year
8:00 - Here are the inactive for tonights game, no real surprises for either team
Chicago inactives: NT - Eddie Goldman CB - Duke Shelley ILB - Joel Iyiegbuniwe TE - Jesper Horsted QB - Nick Foles WR - Breshad Perriman OL - Lachavious Simmons
Los Angeles inactives: WR - Ben Skowronek DT - Bobby Brown S - JuJu Hughes S - J.R. Reed OT - Alaric Jackson QB - Bryce Perkins
7:55 - We are less than a half hour away from Sunday Night football from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles
Los Angeles finished 11th in the NFL in total offensive yards per game last season, averaging 377 total, 251 through the air and 126 on the ground.
This season, veteran quarterback Matt Stafford replaces 2020 starter Jared Goff for the Rams, but he will not have help from running back Cam Akers, who ruptured his Achilles in practice this offseason and will miss the entire year.
The Bears had the 11th best defense in the league last season, but they will have their hands full trying to limit Stafford.
Chicago drafted quarterback Justin Fields with a first-round pick in the NFL draft but will start veteran Andy Dalton, signed in the offseason, in their season opener. Dalton started nine games for the Cowboys last season after Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending injury. He finished the season with 2,170 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Rams defense allowed just 18.5 points per game to opponents last year. The Bears offense averaged just 23.3 points per game. Chicago will need to find a way to outmaneuver the tough Los Angeles defensive line to succeed in Sunday's season opener.
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