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Seahawks vs Bears: Chicago Lets One Slip Away Late, Loses Sole Possession of 1st

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes while being chased by Shea McClellin #99 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

This was a very good effort by the Chicago Bears.

The line kept Jay Cutler relatively safe, Brandon Marshall blew up the highly (self) touted Seahawk cornerback tandem and  the Bears did what they needed to to win this game.

Then the fourth quarter happened and the defense was unable to contain rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and Marshawn 'Skittle Dude' Lynch.

Wilson's mobility was a real problem late as he continually extended plays and gained yards on scrambles and bootlegs.

The Bears just couldn't keep up, speed-wise, with the much younger Wilson.

It's the first time all season the defense looked a little old.

Overtime was especially egregious, as the Bears' offense never touched the ball and the defense had no answer for the Seahawks who prevailed 23-17.

Adding insult to the loss was the injury to Earl Bennett, who left the game in the third quarter with a concussion. It's unknown at this time if he will be available next weekend.

Even though they lost, you can't say enough about how Jay Cutler closed out the fourth quarter as he made a huge throw to Brandon Marshall late to set up a game-tying field goal.

Cutler continues to show how important he is to this offense and this team.

In the end he never got a chance to keep that up in overtime.

The Bears played well enough to win for three quarters. Unfortunately, it was the last quarter and the overtime which made the difference.

 

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