Bears withstand weather delays, beat Ravens in overtime on Robbie Gould field goal
The Chicago Bears won ugly against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on Sunday, but they’ll take it. The Bears were down 10-0 at one point before the game was called for nearly two hours because of extreme weather that peppered the area, and in their return to the field, they looked like a very different team. In the end, after almost six total hours, kicker Robbie Gould booted a 38-yard field goal with 8:41 left in overtime to give Chicago the 23-20 win.
Before that could happen, though, both the Bears and Ravens had to get through the weather delay. That started just after Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 51-yard field goal with 4:51 left in the first quarter. Referee Gene Steratore announced the delay, fans left the stands and the players returned to their locker rooms as high wind and heavy rains dominated the scene. There were multiple tornado warnings in the Chicago area as well.
When play resumed, the Bears tied the game quickly with a 20-yard field goal from Gould, and a 24-yard interception return of a Joe Flacco pass by defensive end David Bass. Flacco threw two interceptions on the day, and as the game wore on, the Bears started to take over. Neither team scored in the third quarter, and it took a late field goal from Tucker at the end of a 15-play drive to take the game into overtime.
The Bears were set up for their game-winner by a 43-yard catch by tight end Martellus Bennett. Quarterback Josh McCown, once again filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, was efficient enough, completing 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown pass to running back Matt Forte in the fourth quarter.
The Bears are 6-4 on the season, and with Detroit’s 37-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a Chicago squad that was 4-3 at its bye is suddenly highly relevant in the NFC North discussion. Both the Lions and Bears are 6-4, but Detroit owns the season series with a 40-32 victory at Ford Field on Sept. 29 and a 21-19 win at Soldier Field on Nov. 10.
The loss moved the Ravens to 4-6 on the season, and there may be more serious news. According to several sources on Twitter, general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken to a Chicago-area hospital after the game. Nestor Aparicio of Baltimore radio station WNST reported on Twitter that he rode in a stadium elevator with Newsome, and that the GM was sweating profusely. The station reported that Newsome walked to the ambulance, and that he may have fainted at some point.