Bears defeat Ravens in overtime, draw even with Lions in NFC North

AP

In a game defined both by the weather and the skill of the participants in the conditions, the Bears grinded to a 23-20 overtime victory against the Ravens on Sunday in Chicago.

The win moves the Bears (6-4) into a first-place tie with the Lions in the NFC North. However, the Lions have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bears, as Detroit swept the season series with Chicago.

The Ravens, the defending Super Bowl champions, fell to 4-6. They are 2.5 games behind Cincinnati in the AFC North.

A major storm system that spawned heavy rains and winds and even some tornadic activity caused a one-hour, 53-minute weather delay at Chicago’s Soldier Field. When the game resumed around 3:30 p.m. Eastern, the turf was water-laden, and by game’s end, it was a muddy mess.

The wind especially became a factor in the second half, with both teams playing it close to the vest in the third quarter. However, in the fourth quarter, both offenses did some impressive work, given the conditions.

First, the Bears, who trailed 17-13 at the start of the fourth, put together an 11-play, 83-yard drive ending in a 14-yard Matt Forte TD reception. This gave Chicago a 20-17 lead, one it held until the final moments of regulation, when Justin Tucker hit a 21-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Tucker’s kick capped a 15-play, 81-yard drive kept alive was an impressive one-handed catch by Ravens tight end Dallas Clark, whose 14-yard gain on fourth down moved Baltimore to the Chicago 30 with around three minutes left. The Ravens would continue their march deep into Chicago territory, but the Ravens could not score a touchdown in three snaps from the Chicago 5-yard-line and inward, and they had to settle for the field goal.

The Ravens got the ball first in overtime but were forced to punt. And from there, the Bears, led by quarterback Josh McCown, would embark on the game-deciding drive. On consecutive plays McCown hit wideout Alshon Jeffery for 14 yards, then connected with tight end Martellus Bennett on a 43-yard strike, which put Chicago at the Baltimore 22.

Two plays later, placekicker Robbie Gould hit a 38-yard field goal, guiding it just inside the right upright.

For the Bears, the victory was another shining moment for McCown, who has ably replaced the injured Jay Cutler. McCown completed 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards and did not commit a turnover. By contrast, counterpart Joe Flacco threw a pair of picks, which the Bears turned into 10 first-half points.

In defeat, the Ravens got a big effort from running back Ray Rice, who rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

43 responses to “Bears defeat Ravens in overtime, draw even with Lions in NFC North

  1. The team that I root for was unable to prevail in that marathon, but I thoroughly enjoyed that game. In the days of 5TD, 500 yards, 100 combined points kind of games, it was a treat to get an old school throwback game. The wind, rain, mud, field coming up in chunks, and throngs of uncomfortable looking fans braving the elements was the kind of game we don’t get enough of. The Bears were the tougher team at the end, and it had nothing to do with who had the most style points. I’m sincerely glad that the Bears fans who stayed through all of that got to go home happy.

    As for the Ravens, today was pretty simple. The main defect was QB play. Turnovers led to 10 points, and that was the difference. The picks were all on Flacco.The Bears made nice plays on those balls, but Flacco should have never thrown those balls in the first place. He made very poor decisions today.

  2. The Bears are contenders.

    The Lions are pretenders.

    Just as I said last week, they will blow it.

    (side note: if the Lions fire Gym Shorts, they are a perennial contender. He and he alone is the Achilles heal of the team.)

  3. willnit it means they are in a tie and all the bears have to is keep even because the lions will choke like they did today and the bears will over take them and win the division . notice they got beat by a team the bears already beat soundly. the only thing remaining for the lions this week will be how much will they be paying in fines for their dirty play?

  4. Well, good win Bears fans. I’m disappointed with the Ravens. This loss pretty much kills any hope for a wildcard with some other teams picking up big wins today. Back to the drawing board. We need to build back up through the draft and hope some of the younger guys can step up next year. Frustrated.

  5. Notwithstanding the adverse weather, McCown had a much better performance than Flacco today. Also, how many games are the Ravens likely to win when they only post 3 points in the 2nd half?

  6. The Ravens playoff run is about to end. There ship is sinking fast. Now the fans see how hard it is to win back to back. Where did all the Ravens posters go who claim they were going back to the superbowl? Cricket!

  7. Flacco….$ 20 mil a year.

    McCown….. $ 400 k.

    McCown was clearly the better QB today.

    Winning a Superbowl has it’s advantages….unfortunately not for Raven management.

  8. jakec4 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 8:37 PM
    The team that I root for was unable to prevail in that marathon, but I thoroughly enjoyed that game. In the days of 5TD, 500 yards, 100 combined points kind of games, it was a treat to get an old school throwback game. The wind, rain, mud, field coming up in chunks, and throngs of uncomfortable looking fans braving the elements was the kind of game we don’t get enough of. The Bears were the tougher team at the end, and it had nothing to do with who had the most style points. I’m sincerely glad that the Bears fans who stayed through all of that got to go home happy.

    As for the Ravens, today was pretty simple. The main defect was QB play. Turnovers led to 10 points, and that was the difference. The picks were all on Flacco.The Bears made nice plays on those balls, but Flacco should have never thrown those balls in the first place. He made very poor decisions today.

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    Great game by two similar teams.

    I appreciate this post-hard fought game by both teams. Best of luck to you and your team the rest of the year.

  9. ravanator says: Nov 17, 2013 3:18 PM

    If you want to watch a good game, flip over to the Ravens game. Steelers and Lions are pathetic!

    #joemontanaflacco
    #steelcitymeltdown
    ————————————————–
    As a Steeler fan I acknowledge that some of our fans run their mouth a little to much.

    Ravens fans please do something with this guy, he’s giving you true fans a bad rep on other threads.

  10. skins1970 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 10:00 PM
    Skins are terrible but at least we beat the Bears, The Ravens couldn’t even do that.

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    Josh McCown (statistically speaking) is better than RGIII.

    Let that sink in a bit.

  11. I can’t BELIVE all the negative Joe Flacco comments. I mean for Pete’s sake, the guy actually broke 100 yards passing today! Which means he’s earning every penny of that all-time biggest contract in NFL history!

    No wonder you Ravens fans think Oz is such a personnel whiz! Good thing you have Flacco to guide you to victory!

    And if all else fails… blame Cam!

    It’s all Cam’s fault right?

    Right.

  12. Cutler just saw his $20million contract blow away In the Chicago wind. Great performance by the back up today. From Grossman to Culter neither had the mental capacity to lead a Bears offence. Save the money and use it to fill other holes in the off season.

    Draft the Qb of the future in this years, only sign Cutler if he’s cheap.

  13. @willnit:

    Yes…At season’s end, being ‘even with the Lions’ will mean sharing 2nd. place in the division with Detroit…for Green Bay.

    Go Bears!

  14. RG3 is coming off a major knee injury name any QBs who have looked good the very next season after having a torn ACL.

  15. I was hoping the thanksgiving game would have meaning, but I’m afraid the ravens will be out of the race by then.

  16. Not a Cutler hater but I do like the thought of avoiding the Ravens mistake and instead of over paying Jay let’s build a team. Cutler had better not try to break the bank or he”ll end up in Jacksonville or worse.

  17. It’s not the Ravens fault.

    In 2013, 3 games played by the Ravens with delays: The league plotted against them in the Super Bowl and God plotted against them in Denver and Chicago

  18. skins1970 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 12:05 AM
    RG3 is coming off a major knee injury name any QBs who have looked good the very next season after having a torn ACL.

    ____________________________________You do realize that it’s common knowledge that RGIII will not last in the NFL. He is the most overrated QB right now. All the hype killed him. He was doomed from day 1. Get off the the whole RGIII thing it’s old and the Skins suck!

  19. As a Ravens fan I can’t give up on my team. I have been a fance since their inception and remember going to games at Memorial Stadium and watching them get torched on defence. I remember going through quarterbacks like a kid in a candy store. I remember all of Billicks nonsence. Then we got Harbaugh, Flacco and Rice in one year and that all changed. So we’re having a bad year. It happens. Heck, we haven’t had a high first round pick in forever and look how good we are year in and year out. Hate all you want on the Ravens, they usually make all the other teams out there look bad. This just happens to be the year those other teams finally get a punch in. Enjoy it while it lasts though, because we will be back.

  20. Well-played game by both teams. Not a Ravens fan, but I think all the haters need to get a grip…They are still a team to be reckoned with.

  21. Not underselling what Rice has done for the team his first 5 years, but BB’s defense carried the team for 4 of those years, Flacco had 1 outstanding playoff run and he dubs himself the greatest ever. This is the real Flacco, Rice seems to have hit the wall, and the defense still isn’t as good as advertised.

  22. No one who plays sports for a living deserves Joe Flacco money…Least of all Joe Flacco. (Cops, firemen, and teachers, IMHO, are more deserving of big bucks for what they contribute to society every day.)

  23. To everyone making fun of the ravens for falling into the basement, remember it’s pretty crowded down there with a 3 way tie…

    As for the game, I blame the loss on Goodell for summoning a tornado that caused the delay. This is obviously all Goodell’s fault…

  24. To everyone making fun of the ravens for falling into the basement, remember it’s pretty crowded down there with a 3 way tie…

    As for the game, I blame the loss on Goodell for summoning a tornado that caused the delay. This is obviously all Goodell’s fault….

    You may want to check that…..oh that’s right you still can’t believe the lousy beat the chumps…er…champs. Tie breaker dude?

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