Sure, several key Bears were injured last week. But there were still upbeat entering Sunday. They simply had to deal with Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch and a Seattle team that had beaten them the past two regular-season meetings at Soldier Field. However, when the dust settled, the Seahawks emerged with a 23-17 overtime win, relegating the Bears to a first-place tie with Green Bay. Who played like a beast and who ended up a bust?
The former Minnesota Viking hauled in one clutch catch after another, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. He took a punishing hit from Bears safety Major Wright on the play and still held on long enough, finishing with six catches for 99 yards and a TD.
He got a chance to show his game-breaking ability with Devin Hester recovering from a concussion and contributed, well, next to nothing. He muffed the first Seattle punt he got his hands on—and recovered it, luckily—and didn't look particularly dangerous on kickoff returns.
As usual, he was the most reliable target for Jay Cutler, reeling in 10 catches for 165 yards. The biggest? That would be the 56-yard grab that set up Robbie Gould's tying field goal at the end of regulation. It's just too bad he never got a shot to make a difference in overtime.
The Bears were one clutch play away from putting Seattle away. Instead, they allowed the Seahawks to go 97 yards to score a go-ahead touchdown with less than 30 seconds left. Then the Bears let them go 80 yards to end the game with a TD in overtime. Blame fatigue if you want, but it's unacceptable.
You can stop with the short jokes now. The Seattle QB used his legs and his arm to carry his teammates when they needed him most. He ran for 71 yards, threw for 293 more and fired two touchdown passes—one at the end of regulation and the other in OT.
The receiver gets some slack on account of his suffering a concussion and catching a TD pass. However, he dropped what have been a sure touchdown pass on a bomb from Jay Cutler. Instead, the Bears had to punt several plays later. Brutal.
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