Once again it was Tavon Austin who sparked the Rams offense scoring on a 65 yard touchdown run on the third play of the game to put the Rams up a quick 7-0.
The Rams rout on the ground continued as Rams running back Zac Stacy rushed for 87 yards in the first half, and when Stacy left with a concussion, running back Benny Cunningham rushed for 130 yards in the second half. The Rams totaled 258 yards on the ground.
The Rams start could not have gone any better. After the Austin touchdown run, cornerback Trumaine Johnson forced a fumble recovered by James Laurinaitis inside the Bears 10 yard line. The Rams capped off the drive with a Zac Stacy one yard touchdown run.
The Rams also experienced their second brawl of the season after Kyle Long got in a tussle with other players and whiffed on a kick intended for William Hayes.
Luckily for Long older brother Chris came to the rescue which possibly saved Kyle from being ejected. That was about all that was heard from the Long brothers in the afternoon.
The Rams went up 24-14 going into the second half after the Bears scored on a Matt Forte touchdown run and Marcellus Bennett touchdown reception from Josh McCown, who like Kellen Clemens, has been playing really well as the step in back-up quarterback. McCown finished with 352 yards passing against the Rams.
On the Bears opening drive in the second half, the offense moved the ball all the way down to the one yard line, only to turn the ball over on down after a Rams defensive goal line stand.
The Rams then marched down the field, but instead of putting the game away with a touchdown, they were forced to settle for a field goal and go up 13.
The Bears got the ball back and once again marched the ball down the field with ease down to the Rams one-yard line. The Bears struggles once again to punch the ball in the end zone, but the Rams kept giving the Bears opportunities with penalties from Brandon McGee and this controversial roughing the passer call on Michael Brockers.
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The Bears finally scored a touchdown on the next play on a Michael Bush touchdown run to pull within six at 27-21.
Rams fans began to get that feeling that the Rams were going to blow the 14 point lead that they had in the first half, but then the amazing happened. The Rams offense had what D’Marco Farr likes to call a “big boy drive”.
Kellen Clemens moved the Rams down the field which starred Cunningham running all over the Bears defense, a 29 yard Jared Cook first down reception, and ended with a Cunningham nine yard touchdown run and Isaiah Pead two-point conversion reception.
The Rams went up 35-21, and then the defense put the game away with Robert Quinn proving his case for the pro bowl and defensive player of the year by stripping Josh McCown, recovering the fumble, and taking it back for a touchdown giving the Rams the 42-21 win.
The Rams could have quit and let the Bears come back, but they did not. They stepped up their game and put the game away.
Today was the first time since week 17 of 2006 that the Rams scored 40 points. The Rams defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41-21 then.
The Rams are now 5-6 and are moving closer into the pack for the final wild card spot. The season seemed lost after Sam Bradford went down, but in reality it was just beginning. Check in with us Tuesday to get the official playoff standings.