Bears fall behind early at St. Louis


The Bears, who are competing both for the NFC North title and a wild-card spot, are off to a poor start early at St. Louis.

The Rams, sparked by yet another big play from rookie Tavon Austin and a recovery of a Matt Forte fumble, are up 14-0 early in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome.

On the Rams’ third offensive play, Austin lined up in the slot, then motioned into the backfield. Quarterback Kellen Clemens pitched the ball to Austin, who spun around, then ran to his right. Tight end Lance Kendricks and wideout Chris Givens got key blocks, and Austin was gone down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown.

For Austin, it was his fourth TD of 57 yards or more in the last two games. For Chicago, it was a tough start in an NFC game it needs in its playoff quest.

Then, it would get worse for Chicago.

On the Bears’ first offensive series, Forte fumbled, and the Rams recovered deep in Chicago territory. After a pass interference penalty on Bears safety Chris Conte gave the Rams first-and-goal on the Chicago one-yard-line, St. Louis tailback Zac Stacy powered in for the club’s second TD.

UPDATE 1:33 p.m. ET: The Bears cut the Rams’ lead to 14-7 with a Martellus Bennett seven-yard TD catch with 6:24 left in the first quarter.