Quarterback Matthew Stafford is everything that Los Angeles fans hoped for. Stafford led the Rams to their first win of the season against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, taking LA to a 1-0 record. Stafford finished the night with three touchdowns in the 34-14 win for the Rams.
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The Bears started out quick with a nice kick return that set up the offense near midfield. It would only take one more play for Chicago to get to the red zone when running back David Montgomery took the first play 41 yards. The Rams defense intercepted it in the back of the end zone, however, and quickly derailed Chicago’s quick start.
Matthew Stafford rewarded his offense with six when his second throw of his NFL career with the Rams went for 67 yards to second year wide receiver Van Jefferson.
Neither team got much going for the rest of the first quarter, but a Matt Gay 53 yard field goal put the Rams up by 10.
Score: Bears 0, 10 Rams
Both the Chicago and Los Angeles put up impressive defensive performances in the second quarter. LA put up three with Gay’s second field goal of the game. The Bears were able to score their first touchdown of the season when Montgomery took the ball in for six from the three yard line.
Score: Bears 7, Rams 13
The Rams got the ball in the second half and it would only take 1:08 for Matthew Stafford to find a wide open Cooper Kupp in the backfield for the second LA touchdown.
Chicago got the ball back and take off almost two-thirds of the clock down in the the third quarter, creating a 16 play drive that set up a Justin Fields scramble for a touchdown. It was the first touchdown of the rookie’s career.
The common trope of the night for LA would be their quick scoring. After a drive that saw Andy Dalton and company take 9:38 off the clock, Stafford sent a strike to Kupp that was good for 17 yards and left the offense at the one yard line. Darrell Henderson had his number called to finish off the drive and put another six on the board.
Score: Bears 14, Rams 27
After Chicago’s third turnover on downs, LA took the ball and finally found some success with the run game. The drive ended with a Stafford to Robert Woods connection in the back of the end zone that put the nail in the coffin for any hope of a comeback from the Bears.
Final Score: Rams 34, Bears 14
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