Neither Matt Stafford nor Andy Dalton have had much playoff success in the past decade.
Now, after a change of scenery for the two, the quarterbacks are hoping for a setback.
Stafford was traded to a young and dynamic Rams team this offseason against Jared Goff, while Dalton signed with the Bears after successfully replacing an injured Dak Prescott with the Cowboys last season.
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There was no doubt Stafford would start for the Rams, whose offense has some good individual players like Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee, but has been largely pedestrianized. Still, the Rams won 10 games a year ago, something Stafford hasn’t done since 2014.
Dalton, however, was a question mark to begin with after the Bears took 11th overall from Ohio State Justin Fields in this year’s NFL Draft.
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But after two preseason games, Bears coach Matt Nagy named Dalton starting over Fields, a move Bears fans didn’t appreciate.
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Live updates from Bears vs. Rams, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Highlights
Halftime: Rams 13, Bears 7
9:37 p.m .: After a three-game, 80-yard opener in their first offensive streak, the Rams are held in check for most of the rest of the first half as they head into the locker room at six.
9:32 p.m .: TOUCHDOWN OURS. David Montgomery’s big night continues with a 3-yard touchdown, his first of the year. 89 yards out of 11 carries to date for Iowa State proceeds. A match with a score of 34 seconds in the first half. Rams 13, Bear 7.
9:31 p.m .: Dalton makes a play with his legs and rushes nine yards. Brings third and 1 on Rams’ 3.
9:27 p.m .: The two-minute warning comes as the Bears face second and seventh of the Rams’ 20s. This is their second time in the red zone tonight; the first time resulted in an interception in Dalton’s end zone.
9:26 p.m .: Dalton and the Bears are marching so far, as he hits Allen Robinson over 9 yards and a first down near the red zone.
21:25: David Montgomery has 71 yards so far with 4:12 left in the first half on just six carries. An effective night and the Bears went first and 10 to 35 of the Rams.
9:20 p.m .: Johnny Hekker comes on for the Rams from their 9-yard line and the Bears will take over at 45 with 4:42 left in the second.
9:19 p.m .: Stafford is sacked for the first time tonight and is pushed back to the Rams’ 2-yard line and sets up third and -18.
9:14 p.m .: The Bears choose to kick after a three-and-out on the Rams’ 47-yard line. The first time tonight, the Bears kicked and the Rams took over at their 11-yard line.
9:11 p.m .: Dalton hits Darnell Mooney on nine yards and the first on the Bears’ 35. A nice shot ensued on the Bears’ 42 after hitting Marquise Goodwin on seven yards.
9:07 p.m .: RAMS TERRAIN GOAL. Gay was 2 for 2 on the night, hitting the 22-yard chip shot and pushing the Rams lead to 13 with 11:39 left in the second. Rams 13, Bear 0.
9:06 p.m .: The Bears force the Rams to settle for a field goal attempt after the Rams hit the Bears 4-yard line and will try to limit the damage.
9:03 p.m .: Van Jefferson with his second catch of the night comes out on the 13-yard play action pass to grab the first down and convert it easily. Rams in the red zone one minute after the start of the shift.
9:02 p.m .: It’s fourth and 1 on the Bears’ 32-yard line and the Rams are ready to go and ask for a time-out.
9:00 p.m .: The Rams use wide receiver Robert Woods off the backfield to open the quarterback and he takes seven yards to make it third and 1 and on the Bears’ 32.
End of first quarter: Rams 10, Bears 0
8:57 p.m .: The first quarter is coming to an end with the Rams ahead 10-0 and facing the second and -8 at the Bears’ 39-yard line.
8:55 p.m .: The Bears start again in fourth place and fail once again. Second turnover on the downs for the Bears and the Rams take over at their own 41-yard line.
8:54 p.m .: Fields’ second stint is short lived and Dalton hits Damiere Byrd for 11 yards on the third and -14.
8:52 p.m .: The Bears are bailed out and gain 34 yards on a 19-yard completion to Marqise Goodwin, then a 15-yard penalty. Fields returns for the Bears in the first down play of their own 41.
8:48 p.m .: RAMS TERRAIN GOAL. Gay nails the 53-yard yardstick as he squeezes the left upright and makes it an early two-point game. Rams 10, Bear 0.
8:47 p.m .: Stafford again looks for Jefferson on the third and five and aerates him on the field, but fails to get the fourth and five. The Rams call on Matt Gay for the 53-yard attempt.
8.45 a.m. afternoon : Veteran 13-year-old wide receiver DeSean Jackson hits an 18-yard pass, his first as a Ram to put up a first down.
8:40 p.m .: The Bears’ second practice of the game resulted in a fourth and fourth on the Rams 41 and they flipped it on the downs after Jalen Ramsey broke the pass to Allen Robinson. Rams start on their own 41.
8:37 p.m .: The bears feed Montgomery early to start the game. Two runs for 55 yards for Iowa State proceeds so far.
8:32 p.m .: TOUCH RAMS. In just their third game of the season, the Rams find the end zone after a running Stafford hits Van Jefferson on his second pass attempt for a 67-yard touchdown. Rams 7, Bear 0. This drive was only three plays and only took 1:18, but covered 80 yards. Good start for the Rams.
8:32 p.m .: Stafford’s first pass as Ram goes to tight end Tyler Higbee for an early first down.
8:28 p.m .: INTERCEPTION OF RAMS. Third and sixth off the Rams 8-yard line, Dalton’s pass was tilted and intercepted in the end zone immediately after a timeout. The Rams will start the Matt Stafford era at the 20-yard line.
8:26 p.m .: Justin Fields enters the red zone at the Rams 12-yard line and shoots it nine yards to set up the third and 1 on the Rams 3-yard line, but they are pushed back on a false start.
8:24 p.m .: After a 50-yard return to open the game, the Bears got a 41-yard gain from the start on a David Montgomery run.
8:23 p.m .: The Rams win the toss and postpone, giving the Bears the ball to start.
8:20 p.m .: The Bears chose to start longtime veteran and three-time Pro-Bowler Andy Dalton ahead of vaunted rookie Justin Fields. But if history is any indication, Dalton could struggle tonight, as he did last Sunday.
Sunday Funday Fact: Bear quarterback Andy Dalton is 0-6 in his Sunday Night Football career. He threw 10 touchdowns and four interceptions on SNF while completing 58.4 percent of his passes.
– Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 12, 2021
8:15 p.m .: Every NBC analyst chooses the Rams to win this game at SoFi Stadium. The focus is rightly on Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, two of the league’s top defensive linemen. Both will be big factors tonight.
Bears vs. rams start time
- To start up: 8:20 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): CNB
- Direct: Peacock, fuboTV
The Bears vs. Rams on “Sunday Night Football” is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. It will crown the first full Sunday of action of the 2021 NFL season.
2021 Sunday Night Football Program
|1||September 9 (Thu)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|September 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||September 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||September 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||October 3||New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||October 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||October 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||24 october||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||October 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||November 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|ten||November 14th||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||21 November||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||November 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||December 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||December 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||December 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||December 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||January 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|18||January 9||To be determined|