Seahawks Win Soldier Field Slugfest 23-17
Even better news than the Seahawks winning the toughest road game of the year against the 8-3 Chicago Bears is the fact that Sidney Rice is fine. Anyone watching his game-winning overtime TD catch might be surprised that he remembers it though. He knew he’d broken the plane of the goal line and scored, but to most of us it also looked like he’d broken his neck after nearly having his head torn off by a Chicago defender. Russell Wilson had perhaps his best day of a remarkable rookie season, marching the offense down the field with poise and confidence on the opening drive, only to have a ref award the ball to the Bears after Brian Urlacher pulled it from Marshawn Lynch in the pile. Each team managed a touchdown, but Da Bears seemed to be getting all the breaks in the first half, every time they fumbled the ball seemed to bounce right back to them. The refs were calling Seattle for things Chicago would get away with. A long drive downfield ending in a Russell Wilson TD toss to Braylon Edwards was negated by the officials who said the ball grazed the ground first, so they had to settle for a field goal to go up 10-7 at the half. Both defenses remained stingy, but momentum seemed to be going Chicago’s way until Russell Wilson’ 97 yard drive ending with a toss to Golden Tate who broke a couple of tackles to find the end zone with just 24 seconds left on the clock, but the Bears made an improbable comeback when Jay Cutler managed to find Brandon Marshall for a 56 yard gain that set up a field goal to tie the game as the clock expired. Then Seattle got the little bit of luck they needed: They won the OT coin toss, and Russell did it again, finding Sidney Rice at the end of a long drive for the game winning TD (Under this season’s rules, overtime periods can no longer end with a field goal as the first score).
The Seahawks won only their second road game of the season, but it was their 4th against a formidable opponent with a winning record. They go to 7-5, and gain a game on division leading San Francisco who lost to the Rams in OT, 16-13. The Arizona Cardinals come to the Clink next Sunday (They lost to the Jets in East Rutherford NH, 7-6. 3 of Seattle’s 4 remaining games are at home against all of the NFC West Division opponents, the one remaining road game is in Buffalo with the 5-7 Bills.