Chicago Bears blow a late lead and lose to the Baltimore Ravens 16-13 after Andy Dalton replaces the injured Justin Fields

By Colleen Kane

CHICAGO — Lamar Jackson versus Justin Fields turned into Tyler Huntley versus Andy Dalton on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The marquee matchup between Jackson, the one-time Baltimore Ravens MVP, and Fields, the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback, never materialized because Jackson sat out with an illness. By midway through the third quarter, Fields was also out after injuring his ribs on a 6-yard carry.

That made for a significantly different game, and Huntley did enough to pull out the 16-13 Ravens victory.

Huntley led a 72-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes, and Ravens running back Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard run for the victory. The Bears lost their fifth straight game and the fourth time coming out of a bye week in four seasons under Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Huntley had passes of 21 and 30 yards on the drive, and Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor committed a 21-yard pass interference penalty.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made fields goals from 35, 27 and 46 yards. The latter, which came after the Ravens blocked a Pat O’Donnell punt for a short field, put the Ravens ahead 9-7 with 3:41 to play.

Dalton nearly had the winning drive before the Bears defense broke down in the final minutes.

On fourth-and-11 with 1:48 to play, Dalton launched a 49-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin.

It was Dalton’s second long touchdown pass of the game, with his first coming soon after entering the game.

After Fields went to the locker room with his injury, Dalton hit Jimmy Graham with a 23-yard pass, and Darnell Mooney then scored a 60-yard touchdown on a pass from Dalton for the lead with 8:02 to play.

Mooney finished with five catches on 15 targets for 121 yards.

A Bears defense playing without Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Jackson faced a muted Ravens threat without Jackson on the field.

They initially came out strong, sacking Huntley six times. That included 3 1/2 sacks by Robert Quinn. Bears safety Tashaun Gipson also had an interception.

But Huntley finished by completing 26 of 36 passes for 219 yards.

Fields completed 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards, had four carries for 23 yards and lost a fumble before he was injured on a run.

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