Neither Matt Stafford nor Andy Dalton has had much success in the playoffs over the past decade.
Now, after a change of scenery for both, the quarterbacks are hoping for a reversal of fortune.
Stafford was traded to a young, dynamic Rams team this offseason for Jared Goff, while Dalton signed with the Bears after filling in nicely for an injured Dak Prescott with the Cowboys last season.
There was no doubt Stafford would start for the Rams, whose offense has good individual players such as Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee but has been pedestrian overall. Still, the Rams won 10 games a year ago, something Stafford hasn’t done since 2014.
Dalton, however, was a question mark to start after the Bears took Ohio State standout Justin Fields 11th overall in this year’s NFL Draft.
But after two preseason games, Bears coach Matt Nagy named Dalton the starter over Fields, a move to which Bears fans didn’t take kindly.
Bears vs. Rams score
Bears vs. Rams live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
8:32 p.m.: Stafford’s first pass as a Ram goes to tight end Tyler Higbee for an early first down.
8:28 p.m: RAMS INTERCEPTION. On third-and-6 from the Rams’ 8-yard line, Dalton’s pass is tipped and intercepted in the endzone immediately after a timeout. The Rams will start the Matt Stafford era at the 20-yard line.
8:26 p.m: Justin Fields enters the game in the redzone on the Rams’ 12-yard line and fires it for nine yards to set up third-and-1 on the Rams’ 3-yard line, but they get pushed back on a false start.
8:24 p.m.: After a 50 yard return to open the game, the Bears get a 41 yard gain right off the bat on a David Montgomery run.
8:23 p.m.: The Rams win the toss and defer, giving the Bears the ball to start.
8:20 p.m.: The Bears opted to start longtime veteran and three-time Pro-Bowler Andy Dalton ahead of touted rookie Justin Fields. But if history is any indication, Dalton may struggle tonight, as he’s done during Sundays past.
Sunday Funday Fact: Bears QB Andy Dalton is 0-6 in his career on Sunday Night Football. He’s thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions on SNF while completing 58.4 percent of his passes.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 12, 2021
8:15 p.m.: Every NBC analyst picks the Rams to win this game in SoFi Stadium. Big emphasis rightly placed on Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, two of the league’s marquee defensive linemen. Both will be big factors tonight.
Bears vs. Rams start time
The Bears vs. Rams game on “Sunday Night Football” is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m. ET. It will cap the first full Sunday of action in the 2021 NFL season.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thu.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|