Instant Analysis: Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)

Instant Analysis: Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)
November 17, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Ravens Insider Cliff Brown on the weather delay

INSTANT ANALYSIS

Final score: Bears 23, Ravens 20 in overtime

Game recap: Playing their second consecutive overtime game, the Ravens (4-6) suffered a crushing defeat that may haunt them when the season ends. The Ravens are now 1-5 on the road, and keep finding different ways to lose away from home.

Robbie Gould kicked the 38-yard field goal in overtime to win it for the Bears (6-4). 

There’s something about the Ravens and delayed games. Heavy rain, wind, and the threat of a tornado caused a delay of nearly two hours late in the first quarter, after the Ravens had jumped to a 10-0. When played resumed, momentum shifted against the Ravens, just like it did in the Super Bowl after a power outage caused a delay. After a Bears field goal, Joe Flacco threw a pick-six that tied the game at 10-10. 

The Ravens answered with a nice touchdown drive, and still lead 17-13 at halftime. But it was anybody’s game, and from that point. With conditions wet and windy, the Bears put together an 11-play, 83-yard drive to take the lead in the fourth quarter. But the Ravens answered with a huge 15-play, 81-yard drive, almost scoring a TD, but setting up a 21-yard field goal by Justin Tucker that tied the game and forced overtime. Dallas Clark made a spectacular catch on fourth-and-four to keep that drive alive.

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Once again, the Ravens offense sputtered much of second half, and the defense had trouble getting off the field. The Ravens’ next three games are at home (Jets, Steelers, and Vikings) and they desperately need a three-game sweep.

Turning point: Martellus Bennett’s 43-yard catch in overtime from Josh McCown.

The Ravens got the ball first in overtime and didn’t put together a drive. Then once the Bears got the ball, McCown threw a beautiful ball to Bennett who made a leaping catch to put the Bears in position for the game-winning field goal. Lardarius Webb had tight coverage on Bennett, but Webb never turned his head to find the ball. Bennett made the catch, and the Bears got a key win.

Ravens player of the game: Ray Rice (23 carries, 118 yards)

Finally, after months of frustration, Rice broke loose and quieted some of the talk about him being washed up. The key was his 47-yard burst that set up the Ravens’ first touchdown. His longest run of the season up to that point was just 14 yards. But Rice showed he still had the acceleration to make big plays when holes were provided. Yes, the Bears have a lousy run defense. But until to this game, the Ravens had lousy running attack. Rice gave the Ravens hope that his slump might be over, and that their offense might have more balance. But unless the Ravens get on a hot streak, it might be too little, too late.

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