Bears suffer heartbreaking 23-17 overtime loss to Seahawks
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org December 2, 2012 3:28PM
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice (18) makes a touchdown reception with Chicago Bears safety Major Wright (21) covering in overtime to give the Seahawks a 23-17 win over the Bears in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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The Bears offense started fast and strong, an exception throughout this season.
After the defense forced a fumble on the opening series of the game, the Bears offense benefited from a holding penalty on Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and scored on a 12-yard catch, when receiver Earl Bennett leaped high into the air and barely plopped down in the end zone.
But the Bears seemed to get too confident, passing up a 33-yard field and going for it on 4th and 1, then later enduring a drop by Bennett on what was a sure 85-yard touchdown.
Those squandered points came back to haunt the Bears in a 23-17 overtime loss to the Seahawks at Soldier Field.
The game ultimately came into the hands of the defense, and they couldn’t stop rookie Russell Wilson, who displayed his clutch play collegiately at Wisconsin.
Midway through the fourth, the Bears converted a third-and-1 with a nine-yard Matt Forte run outside. But then J’Marcus Webb was flagged for a false start, then Jay Cutler fumbled the ball on what appeared to be a play fake.
The Bears had a 3rd and 22 from their own 45-yard line.
The Bears conservatively ran the ball, and Forte gained seven yards.
With a 14-10 lead, the Seahawks got the ball at their own three-yard line because Zack Bowman tipped an Adam Podlesh punt down.
But Wilson moved his team 97 yards down the field for the go-ahead touchdown to former Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate.
The Bears, though, weren’t done.
Jay Cutler completed a 56-yard pass to Brandon Marshall that set up a 46-yard game-tying field goal by Robbie Gould.
In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and marched 80 yards down the field. Wilson converted more clutch plays, including a 13-yard touchdown to former Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice.
Wilson finished the game 23 of 37 for 293 yards with two late touchdowns. He also ran the ball nine times for 71 yards.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 17 of 26 for 233 yards with two touchdowns, and Marshall had 10 catches for 165 yards.
The Bears dropped to 8-4, the same record as the Green Bay Packers, who beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-14 at Lambeau Field.
The Bears head to Minneapolis next Sunday to play the 6-6 Vikings at Mall of America Field.