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Defense Dominates; Bears Pull Away In Fourth Quarter, Beat Rams 23-6

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Sep 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter at Soldier Field.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Sam Bradford, entering the game after two weeks, had some of the best fourth-quarter numbers in the league. So it's only fitting that the Bears picked up two interceptions, one leading to a touchdown and the other to seal the game, in that fourth quarter, and scored thirteen unanswered points to defeat the St. Louis Rams by a final of 23-6.

It might also be considered fitting that in an offseason and preseason dedicated to all the talk of a new offense, new offensive weapons, and this being the year Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense takes that next step, that the defense has been the one unit to hold firm all season and lead the push to the Bears winning this game. Six sacks by the Bears, including two and a half by Israel Idonije, not exactly noted as a premiere pass rusher, and two interceptions again fueled by Tim Jennings' ball skills (tipped one to Major Wright, intercepted another himself) helped overshadow a second shaky outing by Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense.

Quick, victorious numbers after the jump.

Jay Cutler: 17/31, 183 yards, INT - 58.9 rating; 4 rushes, 18 yards
Michael Bush: 18 carries, 55 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 18 yards
Brandon Marshall: 5 receptions, 71 yards
Alshon Jeffery: 5 receptions, 45 yards
Israel Idonije: 2.5 sacks

Sam Bradford: 18/35, 152 yards, 2 INT - 39.2 rating; 2 rushes, 14 yards
Steven Jackson: 11 carries, 29 yards; 2 receptions, 5 yards
Danny Amendola: 5 receptions, 66 yards
Chris Long: 2 sacks