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National Football League
Chicago 15, L.A. Rams 6
When: 8:20 PM ET, Sunday, December 9, 2018
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Temperature: 29°
Head Official: Craig Wrolstad
Attendance: 61695

In a marquee matchup of flashy offense against tough defense, it was all defense.

The Chicago Bears held the Los Angeles Rams to 214 total yards and kept them out of the end zone Sunday night, logging a 15-6 win at Soldier Field that might play a major role in shaping the NFC playoffs when they start next month.

Chicago (9-4) moved another step closer to the NFC North title. If Minnesota (6-5-1) loses on Monday night in Seattle, the Bears can wrap up the division crown next week at home against Green Bay.

Los Angeles (11-2), meanwhile, sealed the NFC West last week but fell out of the No. 1 seed in the conference on Sunday. New Orleans (11-2) won earlier Sunday in Tampa Bay, and owns the top seed by virtue of a 45-35 win over the Rams on Nov. 4 in the Superdome.

With the game tied 6-6 at the half, Chicago took the lead for good when Eddie Goldman sacked Jared Goff in the end zone 42 seconds into the third quarter on the Rams' second play of the half.

The Bears then scored the game's only touchdown on the ensuing possession, ripping off an 81-yard, nine-play drive and ending it with a little trickery. Mitchell Trubisky faked a handoff to defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who scored a rushing touchdown last week, and flipped a 2-yard scoring strike to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell.

That was one of the few highlights for either quarterback. Trubisky completed 16 of 30 passes for just 110 yards, tossing three interceptions and finishing with a passer rating of 33.3. Goff endured his worst game since the end of his rookie season, hitting 20 of 44 attempts with four picks and 180 yards to finish with a 19.1 rating.

Chicago also shut down MVP candidate Todd Gurley, who rushed 11 times for only 28 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards. Los Angeles' only scoring came on first-half field goals of 27 and 50 yards by Greg Zuerlein.

Cody Parkey booted 39- and 31-yard field goals for the Bears, which got 101 yards on 19 rushes from Jordan Howard.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
L.A. Rams   Chicago
Todd Gurley Player Jordan Howard
11 Attempts 19
28 Yards 101
2.6 Avg Yards 5.3
0 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 21
Receiving
L.A. Rams   Chicago
Robert Woods Player Allen Robinson II
7 Receptions 5
61 Yards 42
8.7 Avg Yards 8.4
0 Touchdowns 0
29 Long 14
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
L.A. Rams 214 52 162 0 2 3 1.0 0
Chicago 294 194 100 1 2 4 3.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Green Bay. The Bears have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • L.A. Rams will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Rams have a W/L % of .818 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.