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Chicago Bears beat Ravens, withstand weather delay

It took more than five hours, but the Chicago Bears finally put away the Baltimore Ravens23-20 in overtime Sunday.

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will re-air the Chicago Bears' 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens from Week 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ET.

The Bears withstood a weather delay that lasted nearly two hours, with a 10-0 deficit after a little more than 10 minutes of play. They withstood driving rain, wind, awful field conditions and a typically leaky run defense. They withstood three plays from the Ravens inside the 5-yard line with regulation winding down.

This Bears team is far from perfect, but they are resourceful. They also are tied for first place in the NFC North with a 6-4 record. Here's what we learned from this one:

  1. The Ravens will be sick about this loss. Running back Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards, but the Bears stopped him twice near the goal line late in regulation. A promising overtime drive stopped on a fourth-down throw to wide receiver Tandon Doss. The Ravens mostly controlled the line of scrimmage, but they couldn't finish.
  1. The wind was a huge factor. To coach Marc Trestman's credit, he tailored his game plan to the conditions. There were just three passes overall in the third quarter. Trestman was biding his time running the ball until the Bears had the wind at their backs for the fourth quarter.

  1. This was Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco's season in a nutshell. He played well for the most part, but his two interceptions led to 10 points. One quick throw was returned for a touchdown by Bears defensive lineman David Bass, largely because Rice did a terrible job blocking Bass.
  1. The Bears won in large part because they are the best team in the league at catching contested passes. Martellus Bennett's 43-yard grab in overtime was almost an unstoppable play.
  1. The Ravens are 4-6, but they are only one game out of the AFC wild-card race. They have to win against the Jets next week or the defending champs could be done.

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