Final/OT

Seahawks 23

(7-5, 2-5 away)

Bears 17

(8-4, 5-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 2, 2012

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SEA 0 10 0 7 623
CHI 7 0 7 3 017

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (SEA) - 293 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 19 CAR, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Marshall (CHI) - 10 REC, 165 YDS

Russell Wilson throws game-winning TD in OT as Seahawks stun Bears

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CHICAGO -- His team desperate for a road win, Russell Wilson had one simple message before overtime.

This is it, this is the season.

If the Seattle Seahawks didn't save it, they sure gave their playoff hopes a boost.

Wilson threw two late touchdowns, connecting with Sidney Rice for a 13-yard score with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"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.

Unbeaten in five home games, the Seahawks finally figured a way to win on the road after dropping five of their first six, and knocked off the NFC North leaders in the process.

"I just told the guys, `This is what the season comes down to, right here and right now," Wilson said.

A 97-yard touchdown drive late in regulation gave the Seahawks a lead that didn't last, and they finally won it on Rice's catch after Chicago's Robbie Gould sent it into overtime with a field goal.

Seattle (7-5) leads the NFC wild-card chase and, despite its frequent struggles on the road has won three in a row in the regular season at Soldier Field.

This one sure was dramatic.

Seattle took a short-lived lead late in regulation on rookie Wilson's 14-yard pass to Golden Tate, only to watch Gould boot a 46-yard field goal as time expired to send it into the extra period.

The Seahawks won the coin toss and started with the ball on their 20. They ended this one with one final flourish.

Rice hauled in a pass from Wilson and took a shoulder-to-helmet hit from Major Wright that jarred the ball loose and appeared to knock the receiver unconscious as he lunged into the end zone. Rice stayed down for several minutes but eventually walked off the field, and he insisted afterward he was alert the whole time.

"(Medical personnel) rushed out on the field because I had a couple of concussions before, so they just wanted to make sure everything was fine," he said.

The touchdown, meanwhile, was upheld after a review, and that gave the Seahawks their only road win other than a victory at Carolina.

"The ball didn't fall our way in some of the games this year," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "I don't think we are 1-5 road team. I don't think we've ever been out of the game at the end. I don't think there was ever a blowout, it always comes down to the last drive, the last play. The football gods were with us today and they helped us out."

The Seahawks pulled it out even though Marshawn Lynch was held in check with 87 yards rushing. He had a touchdown run in the second quarter, but also fumbled on the game's opening possession, leading to a score for Chicago.

Wilson threw for 293 yards, ran for 71 and was particularly cool down the stretch, sending Chicago (8-4) to its third loss in four games. That knocked them into a tie with Green Bay for the division lead with the Packers beating Minnesota, and coach Lovie Smith clearly was furious afterward.

"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."

He was particularly upset at himself for going for it on fourth-and-1 at the 15 early in the second quarter rather than have Gould attempt a field goal with Chicago up 7-0.

Along with that questionable decision, there were more injuries for a team that's endured its share of late.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) and cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) were hurt on the winning drive. Receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and safety Chris Conte (illness) left earlier in the game. The Bears had already ruled out return specialist Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) after they were injured against Minnesota. Throw in the torn ACL guard Lance Louis suffered against the Vikings, and the Bears were a short-handed bunch.

Even so, they had their chances.

Jay Cutler threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Marshall added 165 yards receiving, but the Bears ultimately came up short.

"We don't lose many games like that here -- as long as I've been here and having a lead that late in the fourth quarter," Cutler said.

They were leading 14-10 when punter Adam Podlesh pinned Seattle on the 3 with 3:40 remaining in regulation. Wilson orchestrated a dramatic drive, capping it with a 14-yard pass to Tate that gave the Seahawks a 17-14 lead with 24 seconds left in regulation.

The Bears weren't finished, though.

Cutler hit a leaping Marshall with the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas on him for a 56-yarder that put the ball on the Seattle 30. Two plays later, Gould nailed a 46-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.

But with Wilson leading the way, the Seahawks pulled out the win.

Game notes


The Bears are now 64-11 under Smith when they go into the fourth quarter with a lead. ... Seahawks G James Carpenter suffered a knee injury. Carroll said X-rays showed no breaks, but he was scheduled for a scan during the week. ... Seattle outgained Chicago 459 yards to 358.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
CHI
1st Downs2522
Passing 1st downs
1311
Rushing 1st downs
117
1st downs from penalties
14
3rd down efficiency
8-156-12
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Plays7159
Total Yards459365
Yards per play6.56.2
Total Drives119
Passing283233
Comp-Att
23-3717-26
Yards per pass
7.39.0
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-100-0
Rushing176132
Rushing Attempts
3233
Yards per rush
5.54.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties8-555-45
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:3532:52

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson23/372937.9202-10
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler17/262339.0200-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch19874.6120
Wilson9717.9013
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte21663.1010
Bush7395.6015

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Rice69916.5128
Tate59619.2149
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall1016516.5056
Forte33010.0112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEACHI
chiTD8:40Earl Bennett 12 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yds, 3:26
07
SECOND QUARTERSEACHI
seaTD2:19Marshawn Lynch 4 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 94 yds, 5:05
77
seaFG0:09Steven Hauschka 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 1:31
107
THIRD QUARTERSEACHI
chiTD3:53Matt Forte 12 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 94 yds, 6:46
1014
FOURTH QUARTERSEACHI
seaTD0:32Golden Tate 14 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 97 yds, 3:16
1714
chiFG0:03Robbie Gould 46 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 0:24
1717
OVERTIMESEACHI
seaTD7:40Sidney Rice 13 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 7:27
2317

Research Notes

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led go-ahead and game-winning touchdown drives Sunday against the Bears in which he utilized all of his skills. Wilson rushed for 47 of his career-high 71 yards during those two drives, which included three zone-read rushes for 22 yards and two scrambles for 25 yards. Wilson also completed 9-of-12 passes during those two drives, the last of which was a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown to Sidney Rice.
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Jay Cutler had a 94.1 Total QBR in Sunday's overtime loss to the Seahawks, the highest rating by any QB in a loss this season (min. 20 action plays.
Russell Wilson now has 19 pass TD, tied for the 6th-most by a rookie in NFL history.
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Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught 10-of-14 targets for 165 yards, most of which were gained on passes deeper than 15 yards downfield. Marshall tied a season high with three receptions on deep passes and finished with a season-high 104 yards on such throws, including a 56-yard reception that helped set up the game-tying field goal for the Bears at the end of regulation.
The Bears could not pressure Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson when they used five or more pass rushers Sunday. Wilson was 6-of-7 passing for 75 yards and the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter to Golden Tate against added pressure.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led go-ahead and game-winning touchdown drives Sunday against the Bears in which he utilized all of his skills. Wilson rushed for 47 of his career-high 71 yards during those two drives, which included three zone-read rushes for 22 yards and two scrambles for 25 yards. Wilson also completed 9-of-12 passes during those two drives, the last of which was a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown to Sidney Rice.
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