The Seahawks strung together two-straight touchdown drives to come within 11 with under two minutes to go, creating a terrifying few moments for gamblers everywhere. With a spread of 10, the Seahawks came just inches from a backdoor cover while trying to claw back into the game. Instead, the Seahawks couldn’t pull off a miracle, falling in Chicago, 35-24.
Jay Cutler’s final touchdown pass to Kellen Davis proved to be bigger than anyone thought at the time, giving the Bears just enough cushion to hold off Seattle’s late charge. Cutler finished the day with 274 yards and three touchdowns, adding another two scores with his feet. By himself, Cutler gained more yards on the ground the Seahawks, holding a 44-34 edge over the Seattle offense. Greg Olsen led the Chicago receivers, catching three passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 258 yards and three scores in the loss, with all three touchdowns coming in the fourth quarter. Golden Tate, surprisingly, led the Seahawks on the ground, picking up 13 yards on a reverse. Brandon Stokley caught eight passes for a team-high 85 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams also caught two touchdowns, but finished with just four catches for 15 yards.
The dream is over for the Seahawks, but what a ride it’s been. After a 7-9 regular season and nobody in the world giving them a chance in the playoffs, the Seahawks shocked everyone with a win over the Saints last weekend. A loss to the Bears on Sunday doesn’t tarnish any of it, despite how terrible it may feel at the moment.