Shane Matthews explained the Ravens defense as part of the reason Chicago didn't pass more while inside the red zone.
"They play a really deep cover two, very similar to what Tampa Bay does," he said. "They drop (middle linebacker) Ray Lewis. It's almost like a prevent defense in the red zone. We've watched a lot of teams on film have a lot of success throwing underneath and breaking a few tackles and inching your way down there. It just didn't work out today.
Matthews had a solid first half going 16-23 for 110 yards. However, the offense only had three first downs in the second half. The Bears used the no huddle offense sparingly throughout the game, which seem to tire the Ravens defense at time. But, in the second half Baltimore adjusted to the no huddle and Chicago's use of the short passing game. "We've been working on it for a while. It's something I enjoy doing, calling all the plays and stuff like that," Matthews said. "We thought it might work a little better than it did. We tired them out and we did move the ball. You know, when you play a team like them, especially a good defensive team like them you've got to put the ball in the endzone you can't settle for field goals."
Matthews averaged 3.1 yards per pass for the game, which is about half of the league average. He also, threw two interceptions in the final six minutes of the game.
However, the second half collapse can't be blamed on Matthews alone.
"We've got to evaluate everybody. He did a lot of good things," he said. "He's got a lot of things he needs to improve on."
"I know we were on the field a lot (21:36 in first half)," Matthews said. "We moved the ball on them at times. Obviously we didn't get enough big plays. They don't give up a lot of big plays. There's not a lot of passing lanes against those guys. They're an extremely fast defense that plays hard."