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Missed Opportunities Send Seattle to Bottom of NFC West after 25–19 Loss to the Bears

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Fifty-two seconds remained on the Qwest Field scoreboard.

Down by six and finding themselves with a fourth-and-one situation at the Chicago 43, the Seahawks needed something…anything.

Enter John Owens and a six-yard reception along the right side of the field.

First down.

Forty-six seconds.

Out of the shotgun with time not on his side, Seattle quarterback Seneca Wallace is looking to pass.

Deion Branch, after missing the first two games of the season, is pushed out of bounds along the right sideline after hauling in a six-yard pass.

Second-and-four.

With the ball at Chicago’s 31, only 41 seconds find themselves lingering in the fourth quarter.

Still in the shotgun, Wallace finds his running back, Julius Jones, for a small pick up of two yards, as Jones is forced out of bounds by Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs.

Seattle needs two yards to keep the chains moving and their chance of pulling out the come-from-behind victory.

With the clock stopped, Seattle is able to breathe.

Under center this time, Wallace takes the snap and looks to the left of the field for one of the NFL’s up-and-coming stars at tight end, John Carlson.

Incomplete.

This is it, fourth-and-two at the Bears’ 29 yard line and a half a minute left.

The Seahawks come to the line, once again in the shotgun formation.

Two yards and Seattle remains alive.

Anything less and the team in their new alternate rave green jerseys will find itself in the early season NFC West cellar.

The ball is snapped.

Wallace, football in hand, calls upon the team’s most productive offensive weapon of the day, Julius Jones to bail the team out once again.

Jones, who already has 136 total yards and the team’s only touchdown on the day, just needs two yards.

Just…two…yards.

Jones isn’t able to deliver.

Instead of being caught, the ball falls to the Qwest Field turf.

Turnover on downs, Chicago takes over at their own 29.

A Jay Cutler kneel down seals it up and Chicago holds on for the 25 – 19 win.

Seattle’s last drive capped off a day of opportunities that went for not.

Kicker Olindo Mare missed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide left with 14 seconds to go in the second quarter.

Had Mare converted, Seattle would have gone into the locker room with a 16 – 7 lead.

TJ Houshmandzadeh, after catching a short, five-yard pass on Seattle’s first offensive possession of the third quarter, fumbles the football away to Chicago’s Adewale Ogunleye.

Five plays later, Johnny Knox jukes his way into the end zone after bringing in a Jay Cutler pass to give the Bears a 14 – 13 lead.

On Seattle’s next series, Mare gets another chance to put some more points on the scoreboard.

From 34 yards out, Mare misses the field goal again wide left.

The missed field goal killed a Seahawks drive that was fueled by back-to-back Chicago 15-yard facemask penalties and a big 24-yard pass completion to Nate Burleson.

Later in the third, a Seneca Wallace pass intended for Carlson, is picked off by Lance Briggs.

Four plays later Chicago kicker Robbie Gould extends the lead for the Bears, 17 – 13.

Seattle would take the lead in the fourth quarter after Mare makes his final two field goal attempts of the day, but Chicago came back and took the lead on their last drive of the game when speedster Devin Hester took a short pass from Cutler and turned it into a 36-yard score.

An Earl Bennett two-point conversion reception from Cutler put the Bears up for good, 25 – 19.

With the loss, Seattle falls to 1 – 2 on the year.

The Seahawks look to snap their two-game losing streak next Sunday when the team travels to Indianapolis to take on Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm Eastern.


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