From the Armchair: Chicago Bears, Week 11
Baltimore - R.Rice (25 / 131 yds, 1 TD)
Chicago - M.Forte (18 / 83 yds / 5 Rec / 42 yds, 1 TD)
I'm not sure why people are questioning why the game started on time and why it wasn't delayed to begin with. The National Weather Service, the Soldier Field officials and the NFL all met and looked at the radar before hand and there was nothing showing that the game was going to be delayed as soon as it did. The storm moved in much faster and sooner than what the models had previously indicated. With that being said, this Bears fan is happy the delay happened when it did because for the first 10 minutes of the game, Baltimore had it going on.
40 mph winds and rainy conditions made for this game to be an ugly game. You would not think that there would be much of a passing game. And as the weather became worse, and then the delay, the field conditions became unbearable, once the game re-started. After the delay, I was wondering how anyone would be able to run the ball and pass the ball. I am surprised that 43 points were scored in this game.
Before the delay, Baltimore looked good. Their 1st play of the game was a Ray Rice 47 yd run, which resulted in a 1 yard TD run by Rice a little later. The Bears could not do anything. Besides a 15 yd run by Forte, nothing was going on. Baltimore ended up kicking a FG with 4:51 left in the 1st Quarter to make it 10-0 Ravens and that's when the weather took a turn for the worse and the game was delayed.
After a 1 hour and 53 minute delay, the Bears had the ball and did nothing. Baltimore drove the field and was in good shape to put, at least, 3 more points on the board, but a penalty and a sack pushed them out of FG range and they ended punting. The Bears offense finally woke up and drove 68 yds before kicking a FG to make it 10-3. On the next Baltimore possession, Flacco tried throwing a screen pass but rookie DE David Bass stuck out his hand, deflected the pass, caught it and run in for a 24 yard INT for a TD. 10-10 game. We thought that would have woken up the Bears, but on the next possession, Baltimore drove 76 yards and scored a TD (Flacco to T.Smith from 5 yards out). 17-10 Baltimore.
The Bears finished off the half by intercepting Flacco again and then kicking a 46 yard FG to make it 17-13, Baltimore, at halftime.
There was no scoring in the 3rd Quarter. The Bears had to ball to start the 4th Quarter and drove down the field, mainly using the passing game, which was really odd to see working with the wind howling the way it was. McCown hooked up with Forte on a 14 yard screen pass for a TD to make it 20-17 Chicago with 10:30 remaining in the game.
After a few more failed possession by both teams, Baltimore had the ball with 4:48 left in the game and on their own 16 yard line. After a Horse Collar penalty and a few Rice runs, Baltimore was inside the Bears territory. Eventually, Baltimore made it to the Bears 3 yard line and kicked a FG to tie the score and send it to OT.
Baltimore won the coin flip and received the ball to start OT. 5 plays later, they had to punt.
The Bears had their first OT possession at their own 20. After a 14 yd pass to Jeffery to put the Bears on their own 34, McCown hooked up, down the field, with TE Martellius Bennett for 43 yards to the Baltimore 22. Forte than ran for 7 yds and than -5 yds and on 3rd and 8 from the Baltimore 20, the Bears decided to send out Robbie Gould who successfully and barely made the game winning 38 yd FG for the win.
McCown was a huge reason why the Bears won this game. He played remarkably considering the weather conditions and did not have an INT.
Week 11 - (6-4) Chicago @ (4-6) St. Louis - Noon CDT (Fox TV)
Passing - Flacco (17-31 162 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT)
Rushing - Rice (25 - 131 yds, 1 TD)
Receiving - T.Doss (3 - 37 yds)
Passing - McCown (19-31, 216 yds, 1 TD)
Rushing - Forte (18 - 83 yds)
Receiving - Jeffery (7 - 83 yds)
Baltimore (1 sack)
Chicago (3 sacks, 2 Int's, 1 TD)
Time of Possession
Baltimore - 35:41
Chicago - 30:38
NFC North Standings
Green Bay 5-5