“It’s frustrating because I felt like we had the ability to really let it go and explode on offense and we just didn’t do it.”
The Bears went up 20-17 before the Ravens got a first-and-goal at the muddy Chicago 5-yard line in the final minute of regulation. Two runs and a pass failed, and the Ravens had to settle for a field goal.
That set up the Bears to win in overtime and hand Baltimore its fifth loss by six points or fewer.
“In the end, it comes down to doing the things we have to do to win a tight game in tough conditions,” Harbaugh said.
The biggest problem has been turnovers. One of Flacco’s interceptions was returned for a touchdown and the other set up a Chicago field goal just before halftime.
“What we can’t be doing is turning the ball over in those situations,” Harbaugh said. “The thing that we talked about today is that we create too many opportunities for our opponent.
“That’s what we do too much this year. I think that’s the biggest difference in other years when we won these close games. We’ve got to do a better job of that starting right now.”
The Ravens have a minus-5 turnover differential this season thanks primarily to Flacco’s career-high 13 interceptions. Baltimore has already coughed up the ball 18 times compared to 16 all last season.
Newsome has built two Super Bowl champion teams in Baltimore and has a current run of five straight playoff appearances. He has kept the team in the upper echelon of the NFL by mastering the draft and shrewdly working the salary cap.
After the Ravens beat San Francisco in the Super Bowl last February, Newsome reworked the roster with an eye toward the future. He discarded several veterans such as Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, signed a few free agents and hoped the new blend would work.