The Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens faced-off at Soldier Field today in a game that would see the winner remain firmly in the playoff hunt, while the loser would have had their postseason dreams on life support.
The Ravens would pound the rock early to running back Ray Rice and took a 10-0 lead after a dominant first quarter. But the game would be delayed due to severe storms and the threat of tornadoes. At one point, National Weather Service officials confirmed a tornado touched down near East Peoria in central Illinois and was moving northeast about 60 mph.
After a two-hour delay, the game would resume and the Bears would rally in the second-half behind the efforts of running back Matt Forte and a serviceable performance by back quarterback Josh McCown, who was filling in for the injured Jay Cutler.
But Joe Flacco would lead the Ravens down the field late in the fourth quarter, and with under 10 seconds remaining in the game, Flacco couldn’t find an open man and threw the ball out of bounds and Justin Tucker booted-in a chip-shot field goal to send the game into overtime.
After a Ravens punt, McCown would lead the Bears down the field, and Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning 38-yard field goal to win the game. McCown finished the day 19/31 for 216 yards (7.0) and one touchdown and didn’t throw a pick, earning him a 92.9 QB rating.