Against one of the better front sevens certainly in the NFC, the protection was very creditable overall, and running by Matt Forte plus two end-arounds for Alshon Jeffery were blocked reasonably well. The Rams finished with one sack of Josh McCown officially (the sack/strip/TD by Robert Quinn late in the game) and a second by tackle Michael Brockers that was penalized for roughing, one of numerous head-scratching calls by this officiating crew.
“I pride myself on playing within the rule and within the whistle,” Brockers said. “I felt it was a bang-bang play for the refs to catch. They caught me with roughing the passer, and I can’t blame him. ... It is what it is, and we won.”
Kyle Long is likely to draw a fine for his personal foul fighting with St. Louis defensive lineman William Hayes following an incomplete pass in the second half. Long blamed himself for not pulling quickly enough on the Bears’ fourth-and-1 at the Rams goal line.
But with the Bears forced to throw more than ideally, in a loud road venue against a good pass rush, “I thought they did really good considering the circumstances,” McCown said. “You get into a situation when you’re down, in a dome, against their kind of pass rush, and it’s hard. It’s really, really hard.
“When you start to throw the ball as much as we were throwing it, every time you throw it there is a chance that they can get to you, so relative to the number of times we threw the ball I was very proud of those guys. ... Jermon (Bushrod, left tackle) and Jordan (Mills, right tackle) had their hands full on the edges, and they really fought hard.”
Moon's Grade: C-