Chicago Bears 15, Los Angeles Rams 6
ベアーズ15 - ラムズ6

In a clash between arguably the league's top offense and defense on Sunday evening, defense prevailed. The Bears, fresh off surrendering 30 points to the Giants, held the world-beating Rams to just six in prime time, complementing a stiff run defense with impeccable pass coverage for the full 60 minutes. Chicago held the Rams to a Sean McVay-era low 214 total yards and forced a career-high four interceptions from Jared Goff.



The Bears weren't dominant by any means on the other side of the ball -- Mitchell Trubisky threw three picks and was no better than his counterpart -- but Chicago took advantage of its opportunities. The turning point came in the third quarter when Vic Fangio's front seven seized the lead from a 6-6 stalemate with a safety, and Trubisky responded with a nine-play touchdown drive, the lone one of the evening from either side. On the scoring play, the Bears brought in four eligible defensive linemen and threw it to the lone eligible offensive lineman, Bradley Sowell, for the TD. Inventive stuff, trademark Matt Nagy and what we've come to expect from this Bears bunch.







Chicago played confident and loose in their building, bullying the frigid Rams into submission. In doing so, the 9-4 Bears passed yet another test on the path to league-wide legitimacy. Chicago ensured that its lead in the NFC North would not dwindle regardless of Monday night's result and even inched ever closer to an improbable first-round bye.



This Rams defeat was their ugliest since the end of the Jeff Fisher era, particularly on offense. Credit is of course due to Khalil Mack, Prince Amukamara, Akiem Hicks and the like for shuttering the Rams' high-flying offense, but Los Angeles couldn't get anything off the ground, or on the ground for that matter.


(※訳注:原文では「get off the ground=(飛行機が)離陸する、(物事が)順調にスタートする」のgroundと、ラン攻撃(on the ground)のgroundのかけ言葉になっています)


The league's leading rusher, Todd Gurley, was held to 28 yards on 11 carries; he had just six totes through three quarters. The play-action consequently never get going, the pressure on Goff never let up and the offense never started churning. After their first scoring drive -- a three-and-out FG "march" off a turnover -- the Rams had just one play in the red zone: a false start.

(*let up=(雨や雪が)やむ、(厚さ、寒さが)和らぐ)/churn(バターを作るために)かくはんする、激しく動く)



It is alarming how, following that slugfest against the Chiefs and the bye, Los Angeles has struggled to put together a complete game on offense. Worse for the Rams is that Sunday's loss drops them to 11-2 and into a tie with the Saints atop the conference. Due to their earlier loss in New Orleans, however, L.A. is now behind the Saints in the race for home-field advantage.






Miami Dolphins 34, New England Patriots 33
ドルフィンズ34 - ペイトリオッツ33

The New England Patriots (9-4) were seven seconds away from winning their 10th straight AFC East title until the Miami Miracle produced the most 'Fintastic finish in NFL history. With the Patriots taking a five-point lead in the final seconds on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, the Dolphins started with the ball on their own 31 on the ensuing possession.



Ryan Tannehill then threw a dart to Kenny Stills who ran it 14 yards before lateraling the ball to DeVante Parker. Parker then passed the ball to Kenyan Drake, who weaved his way through the thinning and backward-stumbling Patriots defense on the final 52 yards of a seemingly impossible trek to the end zone.




It left everyone at Hard Rock stunned and the Dolphins (7-6) in the thick of the playoff hunt. Outside of the final play, the Dolphins put in a gutsy yet flawed performance. Ryan Tannehill performed decently despite being pressure often on the way to being sacked four times. He connected on 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns and survived an injury scare just before halftime.Like most of the Dolphins wins, the first 59:44 of Sunday's game wasn't anything special, but Miami's resiliency managed to break through in the most unlikely of ways.