NFL Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis
(Sunday, November 24th)
Final Score: St. Louis 42, Chicago 21
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Rams no longer have an
Jeff Fisher's re-emphasis on the power running game has his offense humming.
Benny Cunningham, Zac Stacy and Tavon Austin each tallied a rushing touchdown
and the Rams accounted for 258 yards on the ground in their 42-21 victory over
the Chicago Bears.
After being routed 35-11 by the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 26, the Rams were
1-3 and looking for answers. At the time, with Sam Bradford as the
quarterback, St. Louis shyed away from its running game and called passes 71
percent of the time. Fisher then went back to basics and his running game
became more imperative than ever when Bradford was lost for the season after
tearing his ACL against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 20.
St. Louis is 4-3 since its poor start.
Cunningham carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards, while Stacy added 87 yards
on 12 totes for the Rams (5-6), who tallied 140 yards rushing in a 38-8
drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago.
Bradford's backup, Kellen Clemens, completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards and
a touchdown in the triumph.
The Long brothers, Chicago guard Kyle and St. Louis defensive end Chris, were
the focal point of a scuffle in the second quarter. In the skirmish, Kyle Long
appeared to kick Rams defensive end William Hayes before Chris Long intervened
as he dragged his younger brother away from the fracas.
"He happened to be a body I saw, so I grabbed him," Chris Long said. "I'm sure
there's some out there disappointed with it if they were glued to the TV
looking for conflict between us."
Josh McCown was 36-of-47 for 352 yards with two touchdowns and an interception
and Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown for
Chicago (6-5), which is tied with the Detroit Lions for the top spot in the
NFC North following their loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier Sunday.
"There are a lot of reasons why you lose, and we didn't do a good job of
stopping the run, obviously," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said.
The Bears' Devin Hester had a 62-yard punt return for touchdown nullified by a
holding penalty in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by 13 midway through the fourth, Chicago drove down to the Rams' 1-
yard line, but needed eight plays before finally pushing the ball across the
Rams cornerback Brandon McGee was whistled for a holding on a 2nd-and-goal to
give Chicago a fresh set of downs. After Michael Bush was dropped for a loss
of two, the Bears had a touchdown nullified when Jermon Bushrood was called
for a hold on Martellus Bennett's 3-yard TD catch. Forte took the ensuing
screen pass 12 yards back to the 1 and Chicago again got another fresh set of
downs when Michael Brockers was whistled for a roughing the passer penalty on
3rd-and-goal. Bush finally crossed the goal line two plays later to claw the
Bears within 27-21 midway through the fourth.
The Rams had an answer.
Cunningham broke off a 27-yard run down the right sideline before Clemens hit
Chris Givens and Jared Cook for receptions of 19 and 29, yards, respectively
on back-to-back plays. Cunningham ran in for a 9-yard score four plays later.
Isaiah Pead brought in the ensuing two-point conversion to make it 35-21 with
Robert Quinn then put the game away when he strip-sacked McCown and returned
the fumble 31 yards for a touchdown with 2:05 left.
St. Louis, which had scored just 29 total points in the first quarter this
season, put up 21 in the opening frame Sunday as the Rams found the end zone
on each of their first three possessions.
Austin took an end-around 65 yards down the right sideline for a score on the
third offensive snap of the game and James Laurinaities recovered a Forte
fumble at the Chicago 7-yard line on the Bears' first play from scrimmage.
Stacy plunged in from a yard out four snaps later to make it 14-0.
After Bennett hauled in a 7-yard TD pass on a back-shoulder pass in the front
right corner of the end zone, St. Louis capped a 9-play, 80-yard sequence when
Clemens flipped a 6-yard score to Cook late in the period.
McCown hit Marshall for a 3-yard score on a pivot route to bring the Bears
within seven midway through the second before the Rams answered with a Greg
Zuerlein 29-yard field goal to extend the margin to 24-14 with 1:11 remaining
until the break.
Zuerlein booted through another field goal to conclude St. Louis' opening
march of the second half, this one from 40 yards out, to stake the Rams a
Cook caught four balls for 80 yards ... The Rams were 4-of-10 on third down,
while Chicago finished 6-of-10 ... Chicago was penalized 10 times for 84 yards
... The Bears had won four straight in the series.
11/24 19:35:28 ET
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