Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: Live Score, Video and Analysis
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In doing so, Seattle also turned a 2-6 dismal season into a 7-7 team that is challenging for a playoff spot.
Seattle showed just how opportunistic their defense can be. Red Bryant helped change the momentum with a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone by a lineman, cornerback Brandon Browner set the Seahawks single-season record for return yards off of interceptions. His 42-yard effort was his sixth interception this season and second for a touchdown.
Tarvaris Jackson had a huge transformation in the second half. He offered very little for the Seahawk offense in the first half, and his fumble in the end-zone allowed the Bears defense to post the teams' first touchdown of the half.
In pregame comments I mentioned Jackson's numerous receiving targets. Hit hit 11 of them...although Anthony McCoy dropped the ball while trying to tuck it under his arm. His 10 receivers that caught passes gained 227 yards on 19 receptions with 31 attempts.
Jackson posted a quarterback rating of 94.4.
Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns, running his streak to 10 consecutive games played with a touchdown. He only had 42 yards on the day, though. More importantly, Lynch reached the 1,000 yard mark for the season...three times after he twice lost yardage to move him under the benchmark.
This is the third time Lynch has reached the milestone. The prior two were when he was still with the Buffalo Bills.
The story was still the Seahawks defense. They forced five turnovers and scored two touchdowns. Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons each had two sacks and forced several holding calls to avoid at least two more.
Seattle also held the Bears to 57 second-half yards.
The Seattle Seahawks (6-7) face the Chicago Bears (7-6) in a game that, surprisingly, has playoff implications for both teams.
Headed into Week 10, the Seahawks (2-7) seemed to be playing for draft position. The Bears, on the other hand, were 6-3 and seemed primed for another playoff run.
What a difference a month in the NFL can make.
The Seahawks have found a rejuvenated ground game, even after losing three starters on the offensive line. Line coach Tom Cable has been able to move substitutes around, allowing Marshawn Lynch to rush for over 100 yards in five of his last six games.
While the Bears have been known for their tough defense, they are only 21st in the NFL in yards per rush. The Seahawks will look to extend their ground success, along with Lynch's streak of nine consecutive games played with a touchdown.
Seattle will likely focus on ball control and a conservative, error-free approach on offense. A combination of Lynch and Tarvaris Jackson moving the ball around to his many receiving targets should allow the Seahawks to move into scoring position.
Offense is definitely the big concern for the Bears. After riding Matt Forte early and often, an MCL sprain in Week 13 has sidelined his—and the Bears'—season. Marion Barber will attempt to find holes in Seattle's top-five run defense, but that isn't likely.
Caleb Hanie is directing the Bears passing game, filling in for Jay Cutler who suffered a thumb injury in Week 11. However, Hanie be doing it behind a porous offensive line with no viable receiving threats.
Tight ends seem to have the most success against Seattle, along with running backs catching balls out of the backfield.
The Bears' leading tight end, Kellen Davis, has just 14 receptions on the season.
Barber isn't known as a productive receiver, either. He hasn't averaged more than three catches per game in any season. In 2009, while with the Dallas Cowboys, Barber had just one catch for -2 yards.
The Bears defense may not have the same stopping power as previous seasons, but they don't allow teams to score often. They are eighth in points allowed per game at 19.6. The Seahawks are one place behind them, at 19.9.
Chicago should be able to keep the score close.
However, the resurgent Seahawks have shown the ability to move the ball and score since Jackson's pectoral injury has improved.
Injuries seem to be plaguing the Bears offense. Combined with a lack of talent at receiver and issues on the offensive line, one has to question how the Bears are a 3.5-point favorite.
In the three games since losing Cutler, the Bears have scored just 33 points—20 in a loss to the Oakland Raiders, along with three to the Kansas City Chiefs and 10 points in an overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.
Expect both teams to continue their current trends, creating two 7-7 teams just outside playoff position in the NFC.
Mike Williams injury update:
Just when Tarvaris Jackson seemed to remember what kind of receiver Mike Williams can be, Seattle loses his services for the remainder of the season.
Williams suffered a broken ankle following a reception in the Seahawks win over the Chicago Bears.
Seattle called Ricardo Lockette up to the active roster this last week. Look for him to take up some of the slack created in the lineup.
Brandon Browner just surpassed Dave Brown's Seahawk record for interception return yards. He also posted another pick-six, giving the high-flying Seahawks a 38-14 lead.
Seattle will pull to 7-7 and stay alive in the NFC playoff race. The Chicago Bears will end the day with the same record, but are virtually out of playoff contention. Aside from the Bears' momentum taking them the wrong way, teams in front of Chicago have tiebreaker advantages.
Tarvaris Jackson struggled in the first half. He had a fumble in the end zone, resulting in the Bears first touchdown on the day.
The fumble was perhaps the highlight for Jackson in the first half.
The second half is a much different story for Jackson, who is 12-15 for 151 yards in the second half. His last pass was a touchdown toss to fullback Michael Robinson, and came after Jackson read pressure on the swing route. He pulled the ball back, allowing Justin Forsett to move up-field into an opening.
The result was a big conversion on a third down play.
Seattle has taken a commanding 31-14 lead. With the way the Seahawks defense has played in the second half, it is unlikely the Bears will be able to mount a challenge.
The call was over-turned and the Seahawks have a first-down inside field goal territory.
However, Seattle does not have a challenge remaining. A touchdown on this drive could make the lead insurmountable. Another outcome could be troublesome if Seattle finds themselves needing to challenge a play later in the game.
Seattle Seahawks make a risky decision with their second challenge of the game.
It looked to be a catch, but can Pete Carroll risk losing his second challenge on an eight-yard gain on first down? If the call is not over-turned, this could be costly later in the game.
Marshawn Lynch reaches 1,000 yards...for the second time this season. After reaching 1,000 yards, Lynch was tackled for a loss. The loss dropped him back below the benchmark for a few minutes of game clock.
A nondescript two-yard gain gave him his third career 1,000 yard rushing season, his first with the Seahawks.
It is the passing game that has gotten Seattle back in the game, though. Tarvaris Jackson has found some rhythm and is spreading the ball to several receivers. The tight ends have even gotten involved, but it is longer passes that has the chains moving.
The latest drive resulted in a field goal and a 24-14 lead for the Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks out-gained their first-half performance in their first possession of the second half. After two big Tarvaris Jackson passes, Marshawn Lynch scored on a short run.
Red Bryant then jumped a Caleb Hanie pass, returning it for a touchdown.
The Seahawks have definitely found the energy I spoke of halftime, taking a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter.
Seattle's defense has made solid second-half adjustments this season. They may have done the same today.
The Seattle Seahawks have looked lethargic before in the first half of games played at 10:00 AM PT. They've also managed to find some energy and a revised game-plan in the locker room.
They'll need both today if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Caleb Hanie is moving the Bears' offense, as they've gained 168 yards in the first half. The defense has also responded, scoring a touchdown and limiting the Seahawks to exactly half of their offense...84 yards for the math-impaired.
The Seahawks will get the ball to ope the second-half and need to get Tarvaris Jackson in rhythm with his offense. Look for them to work on the run game to help get Jackson and the offense moving.
Caleb Hanie threw a touchdown pass for the Chicago Bears, taking a 14-7 lead late in the first half.
After struggling in their first two possessions, Caleb Hanie has his Bears moving down the field almost at-will. He did force a throw on their prior possession, leading to an interception, but the Bears are picking up chunks of yards.
The Seahawks defense is looking lethargic in the first half. They have struggled in early games in recent seasons and need to wake up and find some energy during halftime.
Seahawks force another turnover:
Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas teamed up again to snag an interception.
Chancellor and Thomas were in pass coverage at their own goal-line when Caleb Hanie attempted to force in a pass to his tight end, Kellen Davis. Chancellor tipped the ball away and Thomas ran under it for an interception in the back of the end-zone.
Instead of downing the ball, Thomas attempted to help out his offense and ran it out. While he was able to get out close to the 20 yard-line, a block in the back penalty on Richard Sherman gave them the ball at their own one.
The Chicago Bears defense has responded. Julius Peppers knocked the ball out of Tarvaris Jacksons' hand as he was attempting to throw the ball.
It looked as though his arm may have been going forward, but Peppers go there just in time.
The fumble was recovered in the end-zone by the Bears for a 7-7 tie.
Seattle covered 20 yards with a rare, but effective, quick slant pass to Cameron Morrah. With first and goal from inside the Bears' one yard line the Seahawks decided to get "cute" in the ground game.
Instead of attempting a quarterback sneak or hard dive by Marshawn Lynch, they lost eight yards on the next two plays. A third-down swing pass left them five yards short of the end zone, settling for a field goal attempt.
A personal foul penalty on the Bears for jumping off the back of a team mate, known as "leverage," gave the Seahawks another opportunity.
The Seahawks went back to basics with a quick dive by Lynch.
The result was him scoring a touchdown in his 10th consecutive game played.
Early in the game, defense is the key. Both teams had quick punts in their first possession.
Jon Ryan then showed why he is one of the best punters in the NFL, dropping a 47-yard punt inside the Chicago Bears' five yard line.
Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas reminded viewers why they are the best young safety tandem in the NFL. Chancellor tackled Johnny Knox after he gained first-down yardage, forcing a fumble.
Earl Thomas showed his quickness, recovering for the football. Knox was hurt on the play when Anthony Hargrove made a big hit on Knox while attempting to cover the fumble.
Seattle will take over in Chicago territory.
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