Just when they thought they had the game won, the Bears discovered that rookie Russell Wilson had other plans in mind. Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks on a last minute touchdown drive to put the Seahawks ahead, and after the Bears tied it at the end of regulation he led them on a touchdown drive to win the game. Wilson finished with almost 300 yards and two touchdowns, performing better than many thought he would against this powerful Bears defense. On the day, he had a lot of help from Marshawn Lynch and his own defense, which held Chicago to just 17 points on the day. This was a close game from start to finish, and ultimately went down to the final play.
Chicago struck first halfway through the first quarter as Jay Cutler hit Earl Bennett on a nice touchdown to go up 7-0. It did not take Seattle long to answer, though, as Lynch ran it in from 4 yards out to tie the game at 7. A Seahawks field goal with just seconds left in the first half put Seattle up by 3 at the break, with defense being a common theme on a chilly day in Chicago. The Bears did not score again until 3 minutes left in the third quarter, when Cutler hit Matt Forte for a 12 yard touchdown which was originally ruled down at the 1 and then was overturned after a Bears challenge. Chicago’s defense was dominant during the second half, until Seattle’s last two drives of the game. With just under four minutes remaining, Seattle mounted a 12 play, 62 yard drive that included one fourth down conversion and ended in a Russell Wilson to Golden Tate touchdown with just 24 seconds remaining. Chicago answered immediately though, as Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 56 yard gain to put the Bears improbably in field goal range. With just seconds remaining, Robbie Gould hit a game tying field goal as time ran out, but that was the last the Bears would see of the ball. After receiving the ball on the opening kickoff of overtime, Seattle once again went on a 12 play drive, this time ending in a 13 yard touchdown to Sidney Rice that ended the game. Chicago was left to rue their missed opportunities, and is now tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead.
Chicago certainly had its chances to win this game, but ultimately has to blame its offense for not capitalizing on the rookie quarterback and home field advantage. The line performed well, as Cutler was only sacked once on the day, but the running game was not effective and the passing game was limited by Seattle’s secondary. Chicago is now tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead at 8-4, but is in firm grasp of its own playoff fate. Up next is a trip to Minnesota, to play the team the Bears played last week and beat at home. That’s it for now, so stay tuned for more Bears news and enjoy your week!