BALTIMORE — On his 33rd carry Sunday, Jordan Howard took Eric Weddle for a journey.
Slightly than deal with the Bears operating again with about 5-and-a-half minutes to play in additional time of an eventual 27-24 Bears win, the Ravens security reached for the ball. Howard stored chopping his ft, and Weddle fell to the bottom like a squirrel in these late-night time fowl-feeder advertisements.
Howard churned up the left sideline behind a block by Dion Sims and a nasty angle by Patrick Omwuasor, and wasn’t pushed out of bounds till fifty three yards later.
Seven performs — together with an enormous third-and-eleven cross from Mitch Trubisky to Kendall Wright — later, the Bears kicked the sport-winner.
“All these runs, they put on a protection down,” stated Howard, who galloped 36 occasions for 167 yards. “Like on the finish of the sport, they don’t actually wanna deal with me an excessive amount of, as a result of I’m a load to deal with.”
Howard stated he couldn’t have accomplished that as properly final yr, when, regardless of ending second within the NFL in dashing, his conditioning wasn’t what it’s now.
“I really feel like I’m quite a bit higher form than I used to be final yr,” he stated. “So I used to be capable of hold carrying the ball as a lot as they wanted me to.”
And making up for a mistake on the finish of regulation. With the Ravens out of timeouts and the Bears dealing with third down at their very own 15, the street group was content material to let the clock run out. The Bears handed to Howard, who strung out the run — and wound up out of bounds. It pressured the Bears to punt, and Joe Flacco couldn’t get two performs off earlier than the clock expired to drive additional time.
“I virtually value us the sport by leaving time on the clock,” Howard stated. “In additional time, I needed to make up for it.”
Fox stated the Bears ready for a grind-it-out recreation. They adopted by means of, operating fifty four occasions for 231 yards.
“He ran like a warrior right now,” quarterback Mitch Trubisky stated. “ His additional time run flipped the sector for us …
“It didn’t shock me, as a result of we have been enjoying in extra time, and everyone seems to be drained, however he retains going and going.”
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