Harbaugh: 'That was a difficult loss'
The Ravens suffered a heart-breaking and what could be very damaging 23-20 overtime loss to the Bears in Chicago on Sunday afternoon. Here's a quick report card on the efforts of the defense and special teams.
DEFENSIVE LINE: C
Haloti Ngata was out, and that proved costly. The Bears were able to run the ball at times-- not great, but just enough to be effective at times. The Bears gave Matt Forte room to run enough times to cause trouble (83 yards, 18 carries). They also didn't get great pressure on Bears QB Josh McCown, something that would have proved helpful as he's a back-up.
This group didn't do as well as last week. They weren't able to help with quarterback pressure -- McCown had too much time too many times -- and even though Daryl Smith again had a good game and seemed to be all over the field, the rest of the group was quieter. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs were strong last week but didn't become much of a factor in this game. Dumervil's fourth-quarter personal foul penalty hurt, even though the call was questionable.
They were tough for much of this game. The Bears were picking on Jimmy Smith, but he hung in and worked hard, especially when going against the dangerous Brandon Marshall. Lardarius Webb gave up a long pass to Martellus Bennett in OT that set up the game-winning field goal, but that was more the tight end making a play than Webb not.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Justin Tucker and Sam Koch had good games on a very tough afternoon. Tucker nailed two field goals, including the last-season shot that sent the game into overtime. Koch had four good punts plus a very good catch on a high snap on a PAT. Both Tucker and Koch worked to keep the ball away from Chicago's Devin Hester on returns. Good move.