Bears Edge Ravens In OT
CHICAGO – Josh McCown spent a number of quiet moments attempting to figure out what would occur. He probably did not envision this.
The Bears waited out an extended rain delay and put in additional time to come back away with a a lot-needed win.
Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal in additional time to carry the Bears to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore on Sunday in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour.
Justin Tucker tied it for the Ravens with a 21-yard area aim at the end of regulation.
The large delay got here after Tucker kicked a fifty two-yarder with four:fifty one remaining in the first quarter. Fans had been ordered to take cover as players headed to the locker rooms while heavy rains and winds whipped via Soldier Area. They emerged about two hours later with the sky clearing and the solar popping out, however the rain and wind returned within the third quarter, turning the stands into a sea of ponchos.
In the course of the delay, Bears gamers stretched and went over the game plan.
“Closed my eyes and simply making an attempt to think about the game, visualize the sport somewhat bit,” McCown mentioned. “And kind of assess what occurred the primary two series. What did we do wrong? Why weren’t we transferring the ball? What are they going to do to us?”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh would not say what his crew did throughout the down time, although his group is no stranger to delays. The Ravens skilled a power outage within the Tremendous Bowl, in spite of everything, and the beginning of their season-opener at Denver was pushed again by lightning. Each had been simply 34 minutes, though.
“I feel we have led the league in delays over the previous few years,” Harbaugh mentioned.
Gould received it with a 38-yarder on third-and-8 on the 20 with eight:41 left in OT after McCown connected with a leaping Martellus Bennett on a 43-yard cross to place the ball on the 22, and the Bears (6-four) got here away with the win after dropping 4 of six.
They have been leading 20-17 with 10:33 remaining in regulation after Matt Forte scored on a 14-yard screen from McCown, dodging three or four defenders alongside the way in which, but the Ravens (four-6) made one huge push down the stretch to send it to additional time.
They drove from the 16 to the two, getting a one-handed catch from Dallas Clark on a fourth down on the forty four. After Joe Flacco overthrew Torrey Smith in the back of the tip zone on third down, Tucker tied it at 20-all with 3 seconds left.
McCown threw for 216 yards with out an interception, subbing for Jay Cutler (excessive left ankle sprain). In four video games and two starts, he has five touchdowns and no turnovers, and he got here by under brutal conditions.
“It’s positively one of those days where you look throughout the field and (see) Joe Flacco and look on the sideline and Jay’s over there,” McCown said. “And I am like, ‘Can I borrow someone’s arm?’ ”
Alshon Jeffery had seven catches for eighty three yards. Forte added 42 receiving and 83 speeding.
Julius Peppers had two sacks. David Bass returned an interception for a touchdown, and Jon Bostic set up a field goal by Gould on the finish of the first half with an interception.
The Ravens have been able to get their ground game going, with Ray Rice dashing for 131 yards and a landing against a staff that’s struggled to stop the run. He scored from the 1 early on after a 47-yard sprint on Baltimore’s first drive. But Flacco had a rough day, throwing for 162 yards and getting picked off twice.
“Each time you get the ball, it both was moist or had all types of mud on it,” he mentioned. “It was an issue for the timing stuff, getting a grip on it fast enough.”
The Bears scored 10 points in a 12-second stretch in the second quarter, on a 20-yard area aim by Gould and a 24-yard interception return by Bass. He picked off Flacco at the line and ran untouched to the tip zone, Chicago’s fourth interception return for a TD this season, but Baltimore instantly answered with an eighty-yard scoring drive.
Flacco lofted a 5-yard scoring pass between two defenders to Smith to put the Ravens again on high, 17-10, with four:08 left in the half. However an interception at midfield by Bostic with a minute left led to a 46-yard field objective by Gould as time expired, making it a 4-level recreation on the half.
And what an odd half it was.
Play was stopped just after 12:30 p.m. CT and didn’t resume till 2:25. There have been reviews of at least one tornado touching down in Illinois and extensive harm in a minimum of one a part of the state. At Soldier Area, long traces fashioned in the higher deck as drenched followers tried to make their means towards the tunnel with lightning hanging close to the stadium.
“It was pretty muddy, windy,” Bennett stated. “I feel like I’ve been fishing all day.”
left the sport with a toe injury… Harbaugh would not comment on the condition of S
, who limped off the sphere within the fourth quarter after making a deal with on Forte.