CHICAGO – A dominant effort by the defense led the Chicago Bears to an eye-opening victory Sunday night.
The Bears shut down Jared Goff and the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champions.
Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times by the Bears (9-4), with Eddie Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.
Chicago, which entered the weekend leading the Vikings by 1½ games in the NFC North, then made it a two-score game when Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception, securing a 2-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky.
"For them to go out and do it [against] a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow," coach Matt Nagy said. "It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over — as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family — and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're going to enjoy tonight and then we're going to get right back in it and get ready for next week."
The Rams (11-2), held to only 214 yards of offense, missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell to the second seed in the NFC. They have the same record as the Saints but lost at New Orleans on Nov. 4.
Coming off a shaky outing at Detroit, Goff completed 20 of 44 for 180 yards with a 19.1 rating. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley ran for a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries.
"Tonight was a humbling experience for me as a head coach," Los Angeles' Sean McVay said.
The Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss at the New York Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games.
Trubisky was about as bad as Goff. After missing the previous two games because of a right shoulder injury, he went 16-for-30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.
But Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions, helping Chicago beat the team that came in with the NFL's best record.