Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams 11/24/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: St. Louis Rams 42, Chicago Bears 21
November 24, 2013
The Week 12 NFC matchup between the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams will certainly have playoff implications within the next few weeks. The Bears were coming into this one off a narrow victory over the Ravens in Week 11, while the Rams were fresh and rested following their bye. The result was a hard-hitting matchup that was a pretty entertaining spectacle overall.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistics from the game and see why this one played out the way it did. We’ll also glance forward to Week 13 and see what’s on tap for both teams.
What Happened: The Rams started out the game with an emphatic offensive display. Their first score came on a 65-yard run by the electric Tavon Austin, which paved the way for a 1-yard scamper by Zac Stacy (thanks to some great field position following a Matt Forte fumble). The Bears were able to put a drive together which ended with a 7-yard score from Martellus Bennett, then the Rams responded with a 6-yarder from Kellen Clemens to Jared Cook. After a furious first quarter, it was 21-7 in favor of St. Louis.
The scoring settled down a bit in the second, with Chicago inching closer on a Brandon Marshall TD catch. The Rams would add a field goal to make it 24-14 at the break.
St. Louis would tack on another field goal in the third, and both defenses clamped down until the fourth quarter, when Michael Bush punched in a short TD run for the Bears. The play came after a head-scratching roughing the passer penalty that gave Chicago new life. Backup RB Benny Cunningham responded with a 9-yard run of his own on the next drive. A two-point conversion made it 35-21.
The Rams defense took over from there, notching a sack-fumble and TD on the Bears’ next possession. A final interception would seal the deal as St. Louis took it 42-21.
The win brings the Rams to 5-6, while Chicago drops to 6-5.
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The Stars: The Rams knew how to attack Chicago--on the ground--and that’s exactly what they did. They gashed the once-vaunted Bears D for 258 yards on the ground. Benny Cunningham gets the MVP award, as he came on in relief of the injured Zac Stacy to post 109 yards and a score on 13 carries. TE Jared Cook was the main beneficiary in the passing game, with 80 yards and a score on four grabs.
The Goats: The Bears defense is aging and injured, so it’s a shadow if its former self. They allowed a whopping 8.9 yards per rush to the Rams, which is just the latest in a slew of bad performances this season.
Speaking of rushing, the Bears couldn’t do much of it themselves. Their line couldn’t get any push against the Rams’ front, resulting in just 80 rush yards. Matt Forte posted 77 on the ground, but lost a key fumble in the early-going that set the tone for the Rams defense.
Injuries: There were a couple of notable injuries in this one. RB Zac Stacy and DB Trumaine Johnson both suffered head injuries for the Rams, resulting in a key loss on both sides of the ball. We’ll have to monitor their progress in practice this week to see if they’ll be available for the weekend.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, the Bears will be returning to the NFC North. They’ve got a Sunday game against the Vikings in Minnesota. (December 1, 1:00 PM ET on FOX.)
As for the Rams, they’ll return to their own division in a road game as well, with a visit to the 49ers on tap. (December 1, 4:05 PM ET on FOX.)
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