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(Sunday, September 27th)
Final Score: Chicago 25, Seattle 19
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Devin Hester showed the speed that has made him the Bears' go-to receiver, taking a quick slant for the go-ahead, 36-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game in a 25-19 triumph in Seattle.
Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns and threw for 247 yards on 21-of-27 attempts, while also throwing an interception and losing a fumble. Hester ended with 76 yards on five grabs, while Earl Bennett added 80 yards on four receptions for Chicago (2-1), which has won two straight following a season- opening loss to Green Bay.
Matt Forte compiled 106 total yards, 66 coming on 21 carries in the win.
Seneca Wallace was serviceable in the absence of Matt Hasselbeck, who is dealing with a fractured rib suffered last week. Wallace threw for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 26-of-44 passes for the Seahawks (1-2), losers of two straight.
Julius Jones logged 136 yards from scrimmage with a receiving touchdown, while Nate Burleson caught nine balls for 109 yards. Olindo Mare nailed four field goals but also missed a pair in the setback.
"Unacceptable. We are not going to fight our ass off and have a field goal kicker miss two kicks. That was a disappointing loss for us. Our margin of error is slim," remarked Seattle head coach Jim Mora Jr.
Seahawks rookie linebacker Aaron Curry stripped Cutler just as he was about to attempt a throw early in the fourth. Seattle recovered the loose ball in enemy territory but, as was the case for most of the game, settled on a 46-yard Mare field goal for a 19-17 lead with 5:12 to play.
The Bears earned a pair of easy first downs to bring the play clock down to the two-minute warning on the ensuing drive. After the timeout, Hester caught a slant and a pair of Seattle defenders bounced off one another, allowing the speedster to waltz into the end zone for a 36-yard score.
"Whenever we get Devin one-on-one, we think the edge is on our side," said Cutler. "He ran a great route, I put it a little bit out there, and he made a heck of a catch and run. He makes one guy miss and it's a touchdown -- and that's what he did."
The Bears converted the two-point conversion for a 25-19 lead.
Jones gained 20 yards on a run to get the Seahawks moving towards a game- winning score. After converting a 4th-down try in Chicago territory with less than a minute to play, Seattle turned the ball on downs as Jones couldn't haul in a pass on 4th-and-2 from the 29 yard-line.
The Bears went three-and-out on their first drive, and Jones gave Seattle an early advantage, taking a well-designed screen 39 yards to paydirt.
David Hawthorne picked off Cutler in the red zone on the next possession, and Seattle padded its lead with a pair of field goals from Mare, coming from 46 and 37 yards, respectively.
Chicago finally lit the scoreboard late in the second quarter after surviving a near turnover. A Forte fumble was overturned by instant replay at the Seattle one-yard line, and on 4th-and-goal Cutler barely got off a pass to a wide open Greg Olsen for a touchdown.
Mare's 43-yard miss just before the break kept it a 13-7 game at halftime.
The Bears capitalized on a T.J. Houshmandzadeh fumble in Seahawks territory early in the third, as Johnny Knox was able to get the ball over the goal line for a seven-yard TD grab and a 14-13 Chicago lead 4 1/2 minutes into the half.
Another promising Seattle drive stalled and ended in disappointment for the hosts after Mare hooked a 34-yarder.
Lance Briggs dove and intercepted a wobbly Wallace pass at the Seattle 14 later in the third, and Chicago added a 37-yard Robbie Gould field goal to its lead.
The Seahawks then embarked on a 13-play, 59-yard drive that ended in a 39-yard Mare field goal early on in the fourth.
Hasselbeck fractured a rib in a Week 2 loss to the 49ers. Also joining him on the sideline were: linebackers Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and LeRoy Hill (groin), cornerback Josh Wilson (ankle), and offensive tackles Sean Locklear (ankle) and Walter Jones (knee)...Wallace is 5-8 as a fill-in starter for Hasselbeck during his career...Jones had 98 rushing yards on 19 carries...Hawthorne had 15 tackles in the loss.
09/27 21:23:29 ET