Robbie Gould’s 38-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Chicago Bears to a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in a game delayed about two hours because of a torrential downpour.
“The conditions were definitely tough,” Gould said, via the team’s website. “When you get that amount of rain on the field, it’s going to tear it up a lot. It was pretty soft. But everyone did a great job as a team handling it from offense and defense, and we definitely did a great job on the field goal unit blocking.”
Gould had no trouble kicking in the rain, wind and mud, he made all three of his attempts Sunday, hitting earlier from 20 and 46 yards. He became the second most accurate kicker in NFL history at 86.3 percent, making 227 of 263 field goal tries, including 19 of 20 this season.
“I put it on the right upright, but for some reason the wind didn’t want to bring it back as much and it barely snuck in,” Gould said. “But they give you the whole upright for a reason.”
Subbing in for the injured Jay Cutler, Josh McCown threw for 216 yards and a touchdown. He has five touchdowns and no turnovers in four games and two starts.
“Just a terrific job by Josh and our entire team, our guys taking care of the football,” Trestman said. “We talked about it just before we went out. The team that took care of the football on a difficult day, the team that was able to create a turnover or two would be in it in the fourth quarter and have a chance to win it, and we did.”
Alshon Jeffery had seven catches for 83 yards. Matt Forte added 42 receiving and 83 rushing.
Julius Peppers had two sacks. David Bass returned an interception for a touchdown, and Jon Bostic’s interception at the end of the first half, set up a field goal by Gould .
“It’s an awesome win,” Gould said. “This is great. To get to 6-4 and be at the top of our division is pretty big at this point. You spend the first couple months trying to get in the race and now you’re trying to finish the race. Guys did a great job handling the delay to the field conditions. It was just a great team win.”