Ravens hold 17-13 third-quarter lead in Chicago


After a first half that took a full game’s time to complete because of a weather delay, the Ravens lead 17-13 early in the third quarter in Chicago.

The Bears have outscored the Ravens 13-7 since play resumed late in the first quarter after storms forced a stoppage of play of about two hours. They tied the game at 10 less than six minutes into the second quarter when defensive end David Bass leaped and intercepted a Joe Flacco pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.

The Ravens would bounce right back, though, with Flacco’s five-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith capping an 80-yard drive to give Baltimore a 17-10 lead. However, Flacco would throw a second interception in waning moments of the quarter, which allowed the Bears to drive into range to kick a field goal to cut the lead to four as the half ended.

Even with the winds swirling and the turf soggy and clumpy, both offenses have played pretty well. Flacco completed 11-of-17 passes for 102 yards in the first half, with counterpart Josh McCown completing 10-of-20 passes for 84 yards. The Ravens’ Ray Rice led all rushers with 70 yards on 10 carries in the first half, while Bears tailback Matt Forte led Chicago with 47 yards on six carries.

The winds really appear to be a factor in the third quarter. Early in the period, the CBS telecast showed one set of goalposts swaying in the wind.