Seattle Seahawks Beat Bears in Chicago, Reach .500 Mark on Season

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2011

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) fires a pass as Chicago Bears defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (75) closes in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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It didn't look so good for the Seattle Seahawks when Tarvaris Jackson was stripped of the ball in his own end zone and it was recovered by Israel Idonije to tie the game in the first quarter on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. It got worse when Kahlil Bell hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass just before the half for the home team.

Funny thing was, the visiting Seahawks were just getting started.

Seattle scored the game's final 31 points en route to a 38-14 victory over the Chicago Bears that evened the Seahawks' record at 7-7 overall. The Seahawks also won for the second time in their last three games in Chicago, dating back to a 23-20 win in October 2010, and now lead the all-time series with the Bears, 9-6.

Jackson finished 19-of-31 passing for 227 yards, including a fourth-quarter TD toss to Michael Robinson in the fourth quarter that made it a 31-14 game. Brandon Browner closed out the scoring by returning an interception 42 yards with five minutes remaining in regulation, after Red Bryant had run back an interception 20 yards in the third quarter to give Seattle the lead for good.

Marshawn Lynch scored two TDs for Seattle despite being held to just 42 yards rushing on 20 carries. Golden Tate led all Seahawks receivers with four catches for 61 yards.

The Seahawks, who still remain alive in the NFL playoff hunt for now, also held the ball for 31:37 and were 6-of-16 on third down.

Their home game against NFC West champion on Christmas Eve against San Francisco now looms.