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9 fun facts about Bears-Rams matchup

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The Bears will open their 2021 season against the Rams Sunday night at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Here are some nuggets about the matchup:

1) The last time the Bears opened a season against the Rams was in 1950 when George Halas coached his team to a 24-20 win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to help defeat former Bears teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Stydahar in his first game as Rams head coach.

2) This year marks the first time in franchise history the Bears are opening a season with a prime-time game on the West Coast. This year's contest will be the Bears' third season opener on the West Coast since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, but the two previous games were both played in the afternoon, in San Francisco in 2003 and San Diego in 2007.

3) The season opener is the first of four scheduled prime-time games for the Bears. They'll appear a second time on Sunday Night Football Dec. 12 against the Packers in Green Bay and also play two Monday Night Football games Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh and Dec. 20 versus the Vikings in Chicago.

4) The Bears are facing the Rams on the road for the third straight season for the first time since 1982-84. The Bears lost each of the previous two matchups, 17-7 in 2019 and 24-10 in 2020.

5) The largest crowd to ever attend a Bears game was 100,470 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Nov. 2, 1958. The hometown Rams raced to a 31-7 second-quarter lead en route to a 41-35 win. Quarterback Bill Wade, who would join the Bears in 1961 and help lead them to the 1963 NFL championship, passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Rams. Zeke Bratkowski countered with three TD passes for the Bears.

6) The Bears advanced to Super Bowl XX by blanking the Rams 24-0 in the 1985 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field. The Bears defense registered its second straight playoff shutout (after a 21-0 win over the Giants) and clinched the victory when linebacker Wilber Marshall returned a fumble 52 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.

7) Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has recorded two of his four career interceptions against the Rams. Smith picked off one pass in a 2018 win at Soldier Field and another in a 2019 loss in Los Angeles.

8) In last year's game in Los Angeles, safety Eddie Jackson scored the sixth defensive touchdown of his career on an 8-yard fumble return, tying Lance Briggs for the third most in Bears history behind Charles Tillman (9) and Mike Brown (7).

9) The Bears are opening a second straight season on the road for the first time since 2008-09. In Week 1 last year, they rallied from a 23-6 deficit entering the fourth quarter to stun the Lions 27-23 in Detroit.

Navy. White. Orange. Classic. Take a look at when the Bears will wear each of their four jerseys during the 2021 season.

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