Wrap-up: Bears 17, Rams 9

Here’s all you need to know about Chicago’s season: The Bears fought off a late bid by St. Louis to defeat the 1-11 Rams by eight points at home.

Indeed, this game wasn’t secure until Kyle Boller’s fourth-down pass from the Bears’ 41-yard line fell incomplete with 21 seconds remaining. Given that backdrop, two interesting things about Sunday jumped out to me:

  1. Chicago finally got off the bus running. The Bears finally wore down an opposing defense with their running game. Matt Forte and Kahlil Bell combined for 35 carries, while Jay Cutler threw only 17 passes on a 36-degree day at Soldier Field. Of the Bears’ 120 rushing yards, 90 came in the second half.

  2. General manager Jerry Angelo acknowledged in a pregame radio interview that the Bears have raised some “red flags,” an important admission that the team faces some serious soul-searching this offseason. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has more here.