Final

Bears 7

(5-9, 1-6 away)

Ravens 31

(8-6, 6-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, December 20, 2009

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 7 0 07
BAL 14 0 17 031

Top Performers

Passing: J. Flacco (BAL) - 234 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: R. Rice (BAL) - 16 CAR, 87 YDS

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 6 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Flacco sets career-high with 4 TDs as Ravens capitalize on 6 Bears turnovers

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens aren't quite yet a playoff team.

They sure are playing like one, though.

Fast Facts

• The Ravens have won two straight and three of their last four, while the Bears have lost five of their last six.

• Joe Flacco threw for a career-best four TDs, the most by a Ravens QB since Kyle Boller in 2004. His 135.6 QB rating was also a career-high and a contrast to Jay Cutler's career-low 7.9 rating.

• Todd Heap's seventh career multi-touchdown game is two shy of the Ravens record for multi-TD games, set by Jamal Lewis.

• Derrick Mason and Demetrius Williams each had a TD catch for the Ravens.

• Baltimore has scored 79 points in its last two games and has scored more than 30 in six of its eight wins.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Joe Flacco threw a career-high four touchdown passes, and the Ravens capitalized on six Chicago turnovers in a 31-7 rout on Sunday.

Baltimore (8-6) led 14-0 after 13 minutes and 31-7 after three quarters. The victory solidified the Ravens' hold on the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC and improved their record against teams currently with losing records to 6-0.

"The game looked like one team was playing for something and the other one really wasn't," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

Jay Cutler threw three interceptions, upping his NFL-high total to 25, and backup Caleb Hanie was also picked off. In addition, Chicago (5-9) lost two fumbles.

Baltimore scored 24 points off turnovers

"That's what great teams do," said Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who had two interceptions. "Good teams get turnovers. Great teams convert them."

Chicago's only score came on a 49-yard punt return by Earl Bennett.

The Ravens had alternatingly won and lost for seven straight weeks, but now -- after beating Detroit 48-3 last Sunday -- they have their first winning streak since September.

"Obviously, the last two games we've played well," said tight end Todd Heap, who caught two TD passes. "Defense made some big plays for us today and we were able to capitalize. We've talked about it over the past few weeks, starting faster. You can talk about it all you want, but the biggest thing is you have to do it."

The Ravens converted two takeaways into first-quarter touchdowns by Heap, and the Ravens coasted from there.

Flacco went 21 for 29 for 234 yards. The second-year quarterback also did some scoreboard watching, which enabled him to see that two teams chasing the Ravens -- Miami and the New York Jets -- lost.

"We need to win games anyway, but I'm not going to lie," Flacco said, "I saw the scores."

Cutler went 10 for 27 for 94 yards. The Bears have lost six of seven overall and five straight on the road.

"You get some breaks, you don't get some breaks. It seems like we haven't got a lot of breaks," Cutler said. "A lot of that falls on myself and the rest of the offense as well. There's a lot of character and a lot of pride in that room. Today, obviously, didn't reflect that."

Cutler completed a 30-yard pass to Bennett on the game's first play from scrimmage. But the drive ended with an interception by Foxworth at the Baltimore 46, and the Ravens cashed in with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Heap.

And then it happened again: The Bears moved to the Baltimore 14, Jarret Johnson picked off a short pass intended for fullback Jason McKie, and Flacco ended an 81-yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Heap.

Down 14-0, Chicago found a different way to end a march in frustrating fashion. After twice running for first downs, Cutler overthrew tight end Greg Olsen on fourth down from the Baltimore 1.

But the Bears held, and Bennett took the punt up the middle before cutting down the right sideline for a touchdown.

Baltimore missed a chance to widen its lead when Billy Cundiff hooked a 30-yard field goal try late in the half.

But the Ravens pulled away with a 17-point third quarter. After Demetrius Williams caught a 32-yard touchdown pass between two defenders, rookie Johnny Knox fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Flacco connected with Derrick Mason for an 18-yard score.

"It comes down to one thing: We need to do a better job with ball security," Knox said.

Two plays later, Chicago's Matt Forte lost a fumble and Cundiff followed with a 40-yard field goal.

Soon after that, Ravens coach John Harbaugh began emptying his bench. Ray Rice, who ran for 77 yards in the first quarter, finished with 87 and watched the fourth quarter from the sideline.

"Hopefully, we're building momentum at the right time. That's what we're trying to do," Harbaugh said.

With that, he allowed himself to look ahead to next week's showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who remain in the playoff hunt.

"Every week stands on its own," Harbaugh said. "We're going to come out with a new challenge against our archrivals next week at their place."

Game notes


Chicago's DE Adewale Ogunleye broke his leg, Smith said. ... Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (knee) left in the third quarter and did not return. "I'm not optimistic," Harbaugh said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
BAL
1st Downs1318
Passing 1st downs
513
Rushing 1st downs
85
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
5-155-15
4th down efficiency
1-31-1
Total Plays6466
Total Yards220346
Yards per play3.45.2
Total Drives1415
Passing98222
Comp-Att
12-3223-33
Yards per pass
2.96.3
Interceptions thrown
41
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-42-22
Rushing122124
Rushing Attempts
3031
Yards per rush
4.14.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-23-4
Penalties1-94-26
Turnovers61
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
41
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:4232:18

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler10/27943.5032-4
Hanie2/581.6010-0
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco21/292348.1402-22
Smith2/4102.5010-0

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte20693.5010
Bell6305.0020
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice16875.4028
Smith6172.808

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett25025.0030
Knox4297.3015
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mason68714.5118
Williams47117.8132

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCHIBAL
balTD12:04Todd Heap 14 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yds, 1:35
07
balTD2:28Todd Heap 7 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 81 yds, 3:10
014
SECOND QUARTERCHIBAL
chiTD6:01Earl Bennett 49 Yard Punt Return (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 49 yds, 0:00
714
THIRD QUARTERCHIBAL
balTD12:32Demetrius Williams 32 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:36
721
balTD10:27Derrick Mason 18 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 1:56
728
balFG8:00Billy Cundiff 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:31
731