The Chicago Bears made a statement on Sunday at Soldier Field, defeating the NFC-leading Los Angeles Rams 15-6 and clinching their first winning season in six years.
In a game that featured two of the most brilliant minded and young head coaches in Sean McVay and Matt Nagy, it was the Bears who outplayed and outsmarted the powerhouse Rams.
On a play in the third quarter, Nagy tricked the Rams by putting out 332-pound defensive end Akiem Hicks on an offensive goal line play. Mitch Trubisky faked a hand-off to Hicks in the backfield and threw a touchdown pass to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell, which you can see below.
After the game, Nagy was asked why he includes defensive players on offensive plays. His answer was short and sweet.
"I like it," Nagy said, per Matt Eurich of 247 Sports.
Nagy also had Hicks come out for an offensive play against the New York Giants last week. Hicks was brought out on a fourth-and-goal play from the half-yard line, and he ran it into the end zone for a touchdown.
You don't see teams use defensive personnel on offensive plays very often, but it seems to work any time Nagy has tried it. His genius tactics are why the Bears are set to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
But at the end of the day, it's undoubtedly Chicago's elite defense that will get them in the playoffs. The trade acquisition of Khalil Mack has come in handy, as the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year has 10 sacks and six forced fumbles through his first 10 games in a Chicago uniform.
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Chicago has allowed both the third fewest yards and points per game , with 309.9 and 19.0, respectively. But Nagy's creativity on offense has also been key in helping Trubisky grow more as a quarterback.
No matter what happens this season, the Bears look like they'll be ruling the NFC North for years to come. With one of the best head coaches and defenses in the league, this team is set to contend for years to come.