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Bears-Ravens Game Resumes After Weather Delay, Evacuation

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Bears fans evacuate for severe weather. (Credit: Adam Hoge)

Bears fans evacuate for severe weather. (Credit: Adam Hoge)

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Updated at 2:25 p.m. CT.

By Adam Hoge-

SOLDIER FIELD (CBS) — Sunday’s Bears game against the Ravens will resumed at 2:25 p.m. CT after a weather delay of nearly two hours.

The game was interrupted by severe storms and fans were evacuated to the concourse around 12:30 p.m. with 4:51 left in the first quarter. At 2:07 p.m., those fans were allowed to return to their seats.

Storms rolled in along the lakefront shortly after kickoff. Fans were warned about a possible evacuation to the concourse with about 10 minutes left in the first quarter and were eventually told to leave their seats after the Ravens kicked a field goal with 4:51 left in the first quarter.

The evacuation to the concourse was announced at 12:31 p.m. CT. At 12:54 p.m., fans in the upper deck were still struggling to get to the concourse because of clogged aisles. Strong wind and lightning was visible as fans stood in the upper deck. By about 1:20 p.m., the entire upper deck was finally cleared.

The Bears were losing 10-0 to the Ravens at the time of the delay. After a first offensive series with two botched plays, the Bears punted to the Ravens, who marched downfield and scored a touchdown in just six plays. The drive featured a 47-yard run by Ray Rice, who is only averaging 2.5 yards per carry this season. Rice scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

We’ll continue to update this story as we get more information on the weather delay.

Adam Hoge covers the Bears for CBSChicago.com and is a frequent contributor to 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.

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