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Day later, Lovie would still go for it

12/3/2012
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said he would still go for it on fourth and 1 a day after the Seattle Seahawks stopped the Bears in the second quarter of their 23-17 victory at Soldier Field.

Leading 7-0, the Bears faced fourth and 1 at the Seattle 15-yard line, and Smith, a typically conservative coach in fourth and short situations, elected to go for it. The Seahawks stuffed Michael Bush and took over on downs, ending a 14-play, 69-yard Bears drive.

"I kick myself everytime on something that doesn't work," Smith said Monday on WBBM-AM 780. "I would do the same thing again. I feel bad that we didn't make it."

Gabe Carimi, making his first start at right guard, on Sunday blamed the offensive line for not converting on the play.

"That's on us," Carimi said. "We need to make that. We need to make that first down. That's on the linemen. When it's fourth-and-inches like that, we should get that every time."

Seattle put together two long drives on their final possessions to beat the Bears (8-4) in overtime and drop them into second place in the NFC North behind the Green Bay Packers. Russell Wilson led a 12-play, 97-yard scoring drive in the final minutes of regulation to take a 17-14 lead before directing a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice for the winner in overtime.

Smith is disappointed in the Bears' inability to stop the Seahawks late in the game, but he said his team will "stand up" for the final quarter of the season.

"We're disappointed in (Sunday's) loss and how we played and how we finished, but you can't carry it on just like you can't carry on the games early in the season when we played great defense," Smith said. "We're disappointed in what happened (Sunday), but we're to the fourth quarter of our season. We control everything that happens with us. Believe me, we'll stand up."