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Bears offense, defense bullied in 23-20 loss to Seattle

Photo courtesy of AP, via the Chicago SunTimes

When your two best offensive plays are a 58-yard pass interference penalty and a punt return for a touchdown, you’re probably in for a long day.

The Bears lost to Seattle at home 23-20, and it was a 47-yard field goal they never attempted that could’ve cost them this game. Trailing 16-13 late in the 3rd quarter, the Bears faced a third and 6 at the Seattle 30-yardline, Cutler was sacked for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Bears to punt and miss out on a prime scoring opportunity.

But pinning this loss on one particular play would be impossible, considering the Bears failed to…

  • Keep Seattle’s offense in check throughout the game, allowing the Hawks to rack up 353 total yards, including a 92-yard touchdown drive.
  • Protect Jay Cutler once again. This time, they allowed 6 sacks on #6.
  • Take advantage of the league’s 2nd worst pass defense. Cutler finished the game 17 of 39 for 290 yards and 0 TDs.
  • Convert one measly third-down conversion, finishing the game 0 for 12.

Things started out well enough for the Bears, when they went 80 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first drive. The Bears were aided by a 58-yard pass interference call against the Seahawks. Two plays later, Matt Forte ran 6 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears up 7-0. But the lead was short-lived.

The Seahawks responded with an 80-yard drive that ended in a Matt Hasselbeck-to-Deon-Butler TD pass. After the Bears failed to do anything offensively, the Seahawks went only 37 yards for a score that ended in a Justin Forsett 9-yard touchdown run to put the ‘Hawks up 14-7.

Cutler led the Bears down for a 34-yard Robbie Gould field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. Another 24-yard Gould field goal cut the deficit to 14-13, but then an ugly issue that’s plagued the Bears all season long resurfaced.

With their backs against their own goalline early in the 3rd quarter, Seahawks DB Jordan Babineaux sacked Cutler for a safety, giving Seattle a 3-point lead at 16-13.

Early in the 4th quarter, newly acquired Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch capped a 92-yard touchdown drive with a tough 1-yard run.

Devin Hester turned in the lone highlight of the day for the Bears, taking a Seattle punt back 89 yards for a touchdown with 2:00 remaining. The Windy City Flyer’s second return for a touchdown this year gave the Bears a glimmer of hope, trailing by only 3 at 23-20. The return tied Hester with Brian Mitchell for the NFL record for punt/kick return TDs in a career with 13.

But with no timeouts remaining, the Bears were forced to attempt an onside kick. Not surprisingly, they failed, and Seattle took 3 knees and left Chicago with their first road win of the season.

Luckily for the Bears, they’ll finish the weekend alone in 1st place in the North, thanks to the Miami Dolphins, who beat the 3-3 Packers in overtime in Green Bay.

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