The Rams fell to the Bears Sunday, and Todd Gurley (seen being tackled by Akiem Hicks) wasn't happy about it.

The Chicago Bears handed the Los Angeles Rams their second loss of the season Sunday night, pulling out a 15-6 home win to improve to 9-4 and drop the Rams to 11-2. And while the signature offensive highlight may have been a fat guy touchdown (on a play with 10 of 11 Chicago players on the field being linemen, no less), the Bears’ defense played an even larger role. On the night, they held Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff to 20 completions on 44 attempts (45.5 percent) for 180 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions, and they limited Los Angeles to 239 offensive yards overall. And Rams’ running back Todd Gurley (shown above being tackled by Akiem Hicks in the first quarter) wasn’t complementary of his team’s performance:

Yes, this was a remarkable downturn for the Los Angeles offense, as their previous points low this year was a 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 8, and their only previous loss was a 45-35 shootout against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9. But the Chicago defense deserves a lot of credit for that, coming up big time after time. They limited the Rams’ yards overall, but particularly buckled down in the red zone to force field goal attempts (Greg Zuerlein made two out of three), and they made particularly massive plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter, twice ruining Los Angeles’ fourth-down gambles. First, with just over four minutes left and the Rams facing fourth and four, Hicks came through with this monumental sack:

Then, with just over two minutes left, Goff’s throw on fourth and 10 was picked by Prince Amukamara:

That’s a great defensive showing by the Bears, and they’ve been impressive on that front all season. And yes, the Rams didn’t execute at their highest level, and they’ll have more work to do going forward. But “Everything” going wrong is just as much about how well the Chicago defense played as how close the Los Angeles offense was to excrement.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.