Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Final Score: Seattle 23, Chicago 17 in overtime.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks engineered a late scoring drive to take the lead over the Chicago Bears with 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Golden Tate had a phenomenal run after the catch to get into the end zone and put the Seahawks ahead.
The lead was short-lived.
The Bears responded with a huge 56-yard reception by Brandon Marshall that set up a field goal to tie the game.
Richard Sherman had an opportunity to defend the pass from Jay Cutler but went for the interception instead of reaching out to bat the ball down with one hand. Marshall made a great play to get into position to come down with the ball at the Seahawks' 30-yard-line.
Seattle responded after winning the toss in overtime. Russell Wilson made plays with his arm and legs, covering 80 yards with a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice to secure the victory.
Seattle became the first non-division opponent to win in Chicago in three consecutive seasons.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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Earl Bennett flips over the chance to score early in the game.
I'd like to share a few highlights from today's game. Here is the Golden Tate touchdown to help force overtime.
One last thought following this game. This is part of what makes the NFL so exciting.
Rams beat Niners. Seahawks bounce Bears. We really need to stop asking, "who's the best team in the NFL?" Changes every week.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) December 2, 2012
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The Seahawks' attention will now fall to the pending suspensions for Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. The NFL and NFLPA meet on Monday to review information and schedule an appeal for their positive test results for a PED.
The appeal could happen next week or drag out, casting concern with being able to play the 49ers at full strength in two weeks.
An even bigger concern looms around the corner. If the appeals aren't successful, but drag out long enough, the corner tandem could miss playoff games for positive results from September.
Seattle is in the driver's seat for a wild card position, but are also still alive in the NFC West. The St. Louis Rams had a huge upset at the end of overtime, securing a 16-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1).
The two division leaders meet in Seattle in Week 16. The 49ers will be coming off a road trip to play the New England Patriots.
If the Seahawks can beat the flailing Arizona Cardinals next week, and New England wins at home, the Week 16 winner would have the lead in the NFC West.
The NFC North features a pair of teams at 8-4. The Minnesota Vikings have fallen to 6-6 and are out of the division race.
Chicago will have a huge game when they host the Green Bay Packers in two weeks. The winner will likely secure the NFC North title.
Rice doesn't eclipse 100 yards, but the team will take a 99-yard, one touchdown performance against the Bears.
Russell Wilson's string of three games with a 125+ passer rating came to an end, but he had one of his best performances in the NFL. 23-of-37 for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns was enough to secure the win.
His passer rating was 104.9 and he added 71 yards on nine rushing attempts.
It's official. Seattle secures a HUGE win to bolster their playoff aspirations. Sidney Rice was able to walk off the field but will be evaluated for a concussion.
That hit on Rice looks very similar to the one that cost him time with a concussion last season. The Seahawks will pick up the win but it is hard for fans to feel good about the result at this moment.
Seattle is engineering a huge offensive drive here. They've kept the Bears on the field for the first seven minutes of overtime and the unit looks tired.
The Bears' defense came up huge with a 2nd and nine stop on a Lynch carry. But Russell Wilson is able to buy time by rolling out and finds Doug Baldwin for a HUGE first down.
Seattle has been snake-bit on the road, even if some of it is self-inflicted. They had an opportunity to earn a huge win in regulation but couldn't hold the Bears' offense.
Russell Wilson did it to close out the quarter and will attempt to lead another scoring drive.
The Bears' defense has spent a lot of time on the field, though. They need to find some energy and make a stop.
Richard Sherman had an opportunity to knock that pass down. He went for the two-handed interception instead of reaching out with one hand to knock it down.
Not the right decision there and it could cost the Seahawks the game.
It is rarely a good decision to run the ball out of the back of the end zone, particularly against the Seahawk coverage unit. The Bears lost four critical seconds and eight yards.
That is looking even bigger following the huge reception by Brandon Marshall.
At some point don't at least part of a missed tackle need to be credited to the man running the ball? That was a gutsy run after the catch by Golden Tate to give Seattle the lead.
Steven Hauschka has been one of the better kickers at reaching the back of the end zone on kickoffs. He needs one right now.
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS!!! It's time for the Golden Boy!
Good teams overcome tough breaks. Seattle is attempting to prove they are a good team today.
The Bears want to show they are better. What more could a fan want from an NFL game?
Contrary to the announcers saying Wilson needed to get out of bounds on that play, he needed to get the first down.
The Seahawks have plenty of time remaining as the teams break for the 2:00 warning. Wilson has put together a pair of good runs following what could have been a back-breaking interception for the Bears.
Hang on...Seattle has made a habit of white-knuckle play at the end of their games this season.
Russell Wilson has put together a very good rookie season for Seattle. He has an opportunity to change that to a very good season, regardless of rookie status, if he can engineer a scoring drive at the end of this game.
4th Q, 6:00 remaining:
That third-down conversion was the first play where the loss of Leroy Hill impacted this game.
The Seahawks couldn't find a more inopportune time to get sloppy with run defense. They need to get the Bears off the field.
Bears fans aren't likely too happy with Mike Tice at this point. The passing game has been working and the Bears needed to move the chains to start the quarter.
The ground attack has been struggling but on third-and-12 the Bears try a delayed handoff to Matt Forte. Suspect call at best.
Momentum is fickle. The Seahawks have a chance to get it back with a stop here. The Bears can really apply the pressure if they can start the fourth quarter by putting points on the board.
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