Bears 23, Rams 6 - 4th quarter
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org September 23, 2012 1:05PM
CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 23: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass as Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams tackles him on September 23, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Updated: September 23, 2012 3:26PM
EDITOR UPDATE - BEARS SCORE: Robbie Gould’s 37-yard field goal comes with 2:23 left in the game. BEARS 23, RAMS 6
EDITOR UPDATE - BEARS SCORE: Bears defensive back Major Wright intercepts a pass from Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and returns the pick 45 yards for the touchdown with 9:17 left in the game. PAT good. BEARS 20, RAMS 6
EDITOR UPDATE - BEARS SCORE: Robbie Gould hits a 22-yard field goal to give the Bears a 13-6 lead with 9:49 left in the fourth quarter.
St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 46-yard field goal and the Bears’ offense continued to stagnate as the Bears led the Rams 10-6 after three quarters at Soldier Field.
Nick Roach and Shea McClellin had sacks and Tim Jennings had a big pass breakup on a fourth-and-two play as the Bears’s defense continued to dominate the Rams, who had 131 total yards through three quarters.
The offense, though, has not been able to break through against the Rams defense. The Bears had four net yards on seven plays in the third quarter and had 174 net yards on 46 plays through three quarters.
Jay Cutler is 11-of-22 for 105 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 44.7 passer rating. Cutler was sacked by Chris Long on the first possession of the quarters. His incomplete pass to a double-covered Brandon Marshall on third-and-eight elicited boos from the Soldier Field crowd.
Marshall has four receptions for 37 yards through three quarters.
Michael Bush scored on a three-yard run and the Bears held the Rams to 58 total yards in the first half as the Bears took a 10-3 lead halftime lead at Soldier Field.
Bush’s touchdown capped a 12-play, 81-yard drive that was aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Rams on a third-down incompletion by Jay Cutler. It gave the Bears a 10-0 lead with 1:56 left in the first half.
The Rams responded by driving for a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 22 seconds left in the half.
Robbie Gould gave the Bears a 3-0 lead with a 54-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Cutler is 10-for-19 for 95 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the first half, a 44.8 passer rating.
Bush, playing for Matt Forte, has 49 yards on 14 carries and an 18-yard gain on a third-and-18 screen pass in the first quarter.
The Rams’ Sam Bradford, who came into the game with the third-best passer rating in the NFL, is 7-of-14 for 52 yards and a 59.2 passer rating. He has been sacked three times, including one that was credited to Israel Idonije when Bradford lost the ball as he dropped back. So the Rams have 24 net passing yards.
Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye have the other sacks for the Bears.
Brandon Marshall has four catches for 37 yards for the Bears. He deflected one pass that was intercepted by the Rams’ Cortland Finnegan.
END OF FIRST QUARTER
Robbie Gould’s 54-yard field goal gave the Bears a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Rams after the first quarter at Soldier Field.
Gould’s field goal, his 12th of 50 yards or longer, came after the Bears regained possession on a punt when the Rams’ Mario Haggans was penalized for unnecessary roughness on punter Adam Podlesh.
Michael Bush has seven carries for 33 yards and an 18-yard gain on a screen pass that gave the Bears a key first down.
Jay Cutler was 4-of-11 for 38 yards and an interception for an 8.9 passer rating.
Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye had sacks for the Bears, who held Sam Bradford and the Rams to minus-five yards passing in the first quarter.