The Seahawks finally won a game on the road against a team outside their division in more than 2 years on sunday when they defeated the Chicago Bears 23 – 20. It didn’t start off well when the bears capitalized on a 58 yard pass interferance call on seahawks cornerback Roy Lews jumped out to a 7 – 0 lead on a 6 yard TD run by running back Matt Forte. However the seahawks answered back on a beautiful 22 yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Hasselbeck to WR Deon Butler.
With a stingy defense the seahawks simply shut down the bears offense sacking QB Jay Cutler 6 times. And the offense took advantage scoring on a 9 yard run by RB Justin Forsett to take a 14 – 7 lead early in the second quarter. The bears then answred back with two scoring drives of their own, but the Seahawks D held them both times to feild goals to take a 14 – 13 lead to half time.
After the Bears forced the Seahawks to punt to start the third quarter, the Seahawks pinned the Bears back to their own 10 yard line and then a play later Safety Jordan “Big Play” Babineaux came through unblocked and sacked Jay Cutler in the end zone for a safety to give the seahawks a 16 – 13. The seahawks then tacked on another touchdown early in the fourth on a 1 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch.
The bears did give the seahawks a little scare late in the fourth when Devin Hester returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown to make it 23 – 20 with 1:54 left, but TE John Carlson then recovered the onside kick and since the bears didn’t have any time outs the Seahawks were able to simply run the clock out to end the game and earned a much needed road victory.
Coming into the game the Seahawks haven’t had a running back score a rushing touchdown since November 2009, heck they haven’t even scored a single point in the first quarter. They accomplished both of those goals yesterday with the Butler touchdown on their first possesion of the game, and the rushing touchdowns by Forsett and Lynch. The Seahawks simply outplayed the bears by not turning the ball over, by not allowing a single sack, having an established with Lynch and Forsett. In both their loses on the road this season to St. Louis and Denver they turned the ball over a combined 6 times, and on defense sacking Cutler 6 times, and shutting down Matt Forte for only 11 yards on 8 carries.
With the win the Seahawks improve to 3 – 2 and face the 3 – 2 Arizona Cardinals next week in a NFC West battle. With the loss the Bears fall to 4 – 2 and face the 3 – 3 Washington Redskins.
Player Of The Game
To me the player of the game goes to Seahawks WR Mike Williams who came into the game having 11 receptions for 138 yards while batteling injuries. He steped up big against the bears however having 11 catches for 123 yards. Williams and Matt Hasselbeck who finshed the game 25 – 40 for 220 yards and a touchdown seemed to be in a groove throughout the game with big catch after big catch.
Play Of The Game
With the seahawks facing third and goal from the chicago 9 yard line early in the second quarter Matt Hasselbeck handed the ball off to Forsett who ran up the middle through the bears defense. When it seemed the bears had him stopped inside the 1 Rusell Okung and company helped push the pile into the end zone for a 14 – 7 lead.
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Written by Tyler Niemi