NFL: Chicago Bears beat the weather and Baltimore; Philadelphia Eagles on top
The Chicago Bears overcame a torrential downpour and the Baltimore Ravens to claim a crucial home victory in week 11.
Last Updated: 18/11/13 1:58am
Robbie Gould stepped up to knock over a 38-yard field goal with 8:41 left in overtime to finally settle a game that had been delayed by more than two hours due to weather issues in Chicago.
Spectators were ordered to take shelter due to heavy rain and high winds during the first quarter. Play eventually resumed, though the conditions worsened again in the third quarter to leave Soldier Field a soggy mess.
Justin Tucker had tied it for the Ravens with a 21-yard field goal at the end of regulation, but Gould popped up to kick the Bears to a 23-20 win that moves them to 6-4, while the reigning Super Bowl champions now drop to 4-6.
Matthew Stafford enjoyed a personal milestone as he became Detroit's all-time leading passer, but the Lions were still tamed by the Pittsburgh Steelers to allow the Bears to move level with them at the top of the AFC North.
Detroit led 27-20 at the midway stage, Calvin Johnson hauling in two touchdown catches as he managed 179 yards receiving, only to fail to muster a point in the second half of the contest. Stafford completed just three of his 16 pass attempts after the interval, none of which went to his leading receiver.
Their anaemic offense allowed the Steelers to come surging back, Ben Roethlisberger finding Will Johnson and Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone in the final five minutes to complete a 37-27 come-from-behind win.
The Philadelphia Eagles have taken over at the top of the NFC East thanks to a 24-16 triumph over the team who are the reigning divisional champions, the Washington Redskins (3-7).
Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and also ran for a touchdown for the Eagles, who are now one game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys with a 6-5 record. The result also snaps an astonishing 10-game losing streak in front of their own fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
The New York Giants are also back in the hunt in the division after making it four wins on the spin with a 27-13 result against the Green Bay Packers, who again struggled without the injured Aaron Rodgers.
The New York Jets' play-off hopes, meanwhile, suffered a serious blow when they were thumped 37-14 by the Buffalo Bills, meaning the men from the Big Apple become the first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 outings of a regular season.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith struggled badly in blustery conditions, giving up four turnovers. Jairus Byrd had two interceptions while Da'Norris Searcy returned another pick 34 yards to the end zone.
The Oakland Raiders registered their first away victory of the campaign, rookie quarterback Matt McGloin, standing in for the injured Terrelle Pryor, marking his first NFL start with three touchdown passes as the Raiders extended Houston's franchise-record losing run to eight games with a 28-23 result.
Bobby Rainey rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns, including one through the air, to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 41-28 win over the struggling Atlanta Falcons.
Carson Palmer threw for 419 yards - 193 of them to wide receiver Michael Floyd - and two touchdowns to help the Arizona Cardinals record a 27-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Miami Dolphins trumped the San Diego Chargers 20-16 in Florida.