NFL: Baltimore 31, Chicago 7

Dec. 20, 2009 at 8:31 PM

BALTIMORE, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Joe Flacco passed for 234 yards and four touchdowns Sunday, pacing the Baltimore Ravens to a lopsided 31-7 victory over Chicago.

With the win, Baltimore preserved its playoff hopes, raising its record to 8-6. A loss by the Denver Broncos to the Oakland Raiders Sunday allowed the Ravens take over the first of two AFC wild-card positions.

Flacco, who was 21-of-29 passing, hooked up with tight end Todd Heap on a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and later found wide receivers Demetrius Williams and Derrick Mason on third-quarter touchdown passes to bury the struggling Bears (5-9), who have lost six of their last eight games.

The Bears committed six turnovers and didn't score a touchdown on offense, ending with just 13 first downs and 220 yards of total offense.

The game was moved from its original 1 p.m. slot to 4:15 p.m. to allow more than 1,000 volunteers in Baltimore to clear the stadium of snow.

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