This one was filled with dramatics right to the very end. The Seahawks capped off a 97-yard march late in the fourth quarter with a Russell Wilson to Golden Tate touchdown to take a 17-14 lead. Yet, the Bears weren’t done. With only 24 seconds left on the clock, Chicago drove the ball down and nailed a game-tying 46-yard field goal by Robbie Gould as time expired.
In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and made sure to finish things quickly. Sidney Rice hauled in a Wilson pass for the winning score, even as he lay unconscious on the ground. Chicago’s Major Wright knocked Rice unconscious on the play and the play was reviewed as Rice was tended to on the field for several minutes. The touchdown stood and the Seahawks pulled off their first victory on the road against the formidable Chicago defense.
Wilson was 23-37 on the day for 293 yards in the air and 2 TDs. "He's just so beautifully poised and so confident that it gives himself a chance to play at this level," coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson.
Losing games after leading going into the fourth quarter is something new for the Bears. Chicago is now an impressive 64-11 under Lovie Smith when they lead going into the fourth.
Smith put most of the blame squarely on his own shoulders. "That hasn't happened to us very often around here," Smith said. "Terrible job I did getting our football team ready. I thought we were ready to go. Some decisions I made really hurt us early on."
One of the more questionable Smith decisions on the day was his call to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the 15 early in the second quarter rather than have Gould attempt a field goal. At this point in the game Chicago was up 7-0 and the field goal would have eventually made the difference in winning the game outright during regulation, instead of losing it in overtime. In the end, it was this poor second quarter decision that cost Chicago the game.
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