The Bears’ might have many sleepless nights this week after an emotional 24-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, dropping the team’s record to 8-4 and tying them with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North.
The team will now try to develop a case of amnesia in order to prepare for the next game in Minnesota against the 6-6 Vikings on Sunday.
The Bears looked to be in control in the first half of the game, gaining momentum and looking smooth on offense. Connections between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall resulted in the Pro Bowl receiver going into the half with seven catches for 94 yards, edging closer to the Bears’ record for catches and yards for a receiver.
After the first quarter, the Bears looked on there way to an easy victory with a 7-0 lead, but a costly decision in the second quarter is leading many fans to look for answers from the Bears coaching staff.
Head coach Lovie Smith decided to attempt a run in the second quarter on 4th down when the Bears were up 7-0, but failed to convert the first down, shifting momentum back to the Seahawks.
“That hasn’t happened to us very often around here,” said Smith. “Some decisions I made really hurt us early on. We should’ve taken the field goal in a game like that.”
Despite the loss, Cutler finished the game with 17-of-26 passes completed for 233 yards and two touchdowns, putting together an impressive performance that was overshadowed by the less than stellar effort by the usually reliable Bears defense. Cutler still believes the offense could’ve done better.
“We don’t lose many games like that here, having a lead in the fourth quarter,” Cutler said. “Offensively, we could’ve done a better job, not put ourselves in that position.”
The defense allowed rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to orchestrate a 97-yard drive, leading to the Seahawks taking a 17-14 lead with 24 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Following a miracle pass from Jay Cutler that landed in Brandon Marshall’s hands in the next possession, the Bears
tied the game on a 46-yard field goal from Robbie Gould as time expired,sending the game to overtime.
The Seahawks won the toss and elected to receive the ball, sending the exhausted defense back on the field in an effort to stop the Seahawks attack. Russell Wilson, however, had other plans, as he led an 80-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 13-yard pass to Sidney Rice.
Wilson ended the game completing 23 of 32 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, also carrying the ball for 71 yards.
“Thank God we have more games to play to get this bad taste out of our mouths,” Smith said.
The Bears played without return specialist Devin Hester who is still dealing with a concussion. Brian Urlacher left the game in overtime as a result of what the team is calling a sore hamstring while Tim Jennings left the game for a shoulder injury in the same period. Earl Bennett also left the game as a result of a concussion.a