JC's Game Blog: Bears vs. Seahawks

Be sure to refresh this live blog every now and then for all the goings on Sunday afternoon at Qwest Field in Seattle. From the field to the sideline to the press box, JC will make you feel like you're a part of the game.

Inactive today for the Bears are LB Darrell McClover, S Josh Gattis, OG Josh Beekman, FB Lousaka Polite, WR Mark Bradley, WR Mike Hass and CB Nathan Vasher. Brian Griese will serve as the third quarterback. As for the Seahawks, DT Baraka Atkins, S C.J. Wallace, WR Courtney Taylor, OG Mansfield Wrotto, OT Ray Willis, RB Shaun Alexander, and LB Will Herring will sit this one out. Charlie Frye is the No. 3 QB ...

The Bears have won the toss and elected to receive …

Touchdown Bears as Cedric Benson finally gets uncorked and takes it to the house from 43 yards out. Beautiful cutback at the line of scrimmage from his left to his right on that career-long effort. And just like that, the Midway Monsters take a 7-0 lead and score on their opening possession for the first time this season …

Josh Brown pulls his field goal attempt, so the Bears dodge a bullet in the early going. Matt Hasselbeck was throwing the ball with conviction on that first drive, but the Seahawks come up empty. And considering that this is my first trip to Qwest Field in Seattle, I can't believe how loud this place is …

10-0 Bears already as Robbie Gould splits the uprights from 31 yards out after another solid drive engineered by Rex Grossman, plus a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer made it a little easier. Benson looks like a different running back today for some reason. Perhaps he's finally ticked off enough at everyone saying he's a first-round bust and feels the need to prove his naysayers wrong …

Touchdown Seahawks as Hasselbeck slings an arrow to D.J. Hackett on a skinny post for the score. Hasselbeck looks incredibly sharp here in the first quarter, already connecting with six different receivers. Mike Holmgren has told the world that he's going to throw the ball liberally because that's what gives his team the best chance to win, and he pressed all he right buttons on that drive …

The Bears stall on their ensuing drive and are forced to punt the ball away, but Brad Maynard can't stop the pigskin from bouncing into the end zone. Seattle takes over at its own 20-yard line with 1:30 to go in the first quarter. At least Grossman has found rookie Greg Olsen, who was curiously absent from the game plan last week, a few times already …

And that's the end of a well-played first quarter, 10-7 Bears in the lead …

Seattle answers with a nothing drive, so the Bears will get the ball back after the punt. Darwin Walker registers his first sack in a Chicago uniform, and it really looks like defensive coordinator Bob Babich is going to bring a ton of pressure today in order to get after Hasselbeck. Both Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs have been blitzers already, as have safeties Adam Archuleta and Danieal Manning

Maynard is on again as the Bears go three-and-out for the first time today. Bernard Berrian is locked in a tough matchup with Marcus Trufant in this ballgame. Berrian has the speed to beat any cornerback deep, but Trufant might be going to the Pro Bowl this season …

Hasselbeck seems to be changing the play at the line of scrimmage just about every snap. This team just can't run the ball, and they're not even trying even though Maurice Morris has found a few creases already. The Bears are forced to take over at their own 5-yard line after a gorgeous angled punt by Ryan Plackemeier

Another punt coming up from Maynard as two runs and an incomplete pass from Grossman don't get the job done. Nate Burleson has had a pretty good year as a return man, and he'll get another chance right here. Tack on another 15 yards for a late hit out of bounds by Rod Wilson, a silly personal foul and about as egregious as it gets …

Touchdown Seahawks as Morris makes his way to the end zone from 19 yards out. Seattle takes the lead 14-10 after the Brown point-after. That scoring drive only took four plays thanks to advantageous field position after the Wilson penalty …

"This is the two-minute warning" …

Touchdown Bears as Adrian Peterson hits paydirt from five yards out, his first score of the year. Grossman was 6-of-6 on the drive and really looks in control. Gould splits the uprights and gives the Midway Monsters the lead again, 17-14 …

Gould makes a colossal mistake on the ensuing kickoff and loses it out of bounds, giving the ball back to Seattle at its 40-yard line and saving a few precious seconds before the half. Hackett should have caught his second touchdown pass of the day, but he can't come up with it as the Seahawks have to settle for a field goal. Brown converts from 40 yards away to tie the score 17-17 with, coincidentally, 17 seconds lefts before halftime …

And that's the half, all tied up at Qwest Field …

Touchdown Seahawks as Hasselbeck flings one to Burleson, who started the third quarter with a lengthy kickoff return, from four yards out. Hasselbeck learned under Brett Favre in Green Bay once upon a time, and that throw was awfully Favre-like as the rush was breathing down his neck. After the extra point, it's 24-17 Seahawks with the Bears about to see the ball on offense for the first time in the second half …

An ugly three-and-out for the Bears, especially considering Grossman was sacked on the first play of the drive for a 10-yard loss. Four- and five-yard losses on sacks are palatable, but Grossman is infamous for those 10- and 11-yard sacks because of his lack of mobility in the pocket. The Bears need to step it up a notch on defense because Hasselbeck is just a little too comfortable right now …

There's the big play this team needed on defense, a fumble by Hasselbeck that ultimately winds up in the hands of Urlacher for a gigantic turnover on the first play of the ensuing drive …

Berrian appeared to come up with a crucial first down, but Holmgren challenges the spot and gets the ball moved back a yard. That means 4th-and-1, and the Bears are going to go for it with a full-house backfield. Benson gets the ball on a counter play but is blasted in the backfield, giving the ball back to Seattle on downs and rendering that fumble utterly worthless …

The Bears get the ball back after another Plackemeier punt. Urlacher broke up a third-down pass intended for Bobby Engram down the seam, proving that he can still cover the middle of the field as well as any linebacker in the league. However, he just doesn't look like the same player this year, and you know that his back ailment has a lot to do with it …

And that's the end of the third quarter, Seattle still leading 24-17 …

Grossman hits Olsen on 3rd-and-19, but he comes up well short of the first down. Gould trots onto the field for a 47-yard field goal attempt, and his kick is true for three points. The Bears have cut into the lead, but they still trail 24-20 early in the fourth quarter …

Hasselbeck throws a beauty of a pass to Hackett on the first snap of the drive that goes for 68 yards, victimizing rookie Trumaine McBride on the play. The young corner was simply too aggressive and quite lucky that Archuleta was there to ultimately save a touchdown. The Bears do hold, but another Brown field goal pushes the lead back to seven points, 27-20 …

It's starting to unravel for the Bears, as Grossman gets sacked on third down. Maynard will have to punt the ball away after another three-and-out. This place is getting really loud, as evidenced by the three false-start penalties called on the offensive line thus far …

It might be up to Devin Hester to see if he can pull another rabbit out of his hat in the return game, although Plackemeier isn't taking any chances. He booms his punt into the end zone and has no problem giving the ball back to Grossman at the 20-yard line. Time for Grossman to prove that he deserved to get his job back under center, Griese injury or not …

That right there is why Rex Grossman is Rex Grossman. After back-to-back big plays, first to Muhsin Muhammad and then to Berrian, he's stripped trying to make something happen when he just needed to wing it out of bounds. The catches by Muhammad and Berrian will both be on every highlight reel this evening, but they go for naught. Instead of driving for the game-tying touchdown, now the Seahawks have a chance to put this game away with a field goal …

Hackett can't drag his second foot along the right sideline, so that means fourth down for Seattle. Brown comes on for a 46-yard field goal attempt that for all intents and purposes could end this game. His kick is good, making it a two-score affair with just 3:31 left in the ballgame …

Seattle takes over on downs as Grossman's fourth-down pass to Berrian is knocked away by Kelly Jennings. Grossman is getting killed every time he drops back to throw, mostly by Patrick Kerney who's absolutely embarrassing Fred Miller today. Kerney is just blowing past him seemingly at will …

"This is the two-minute warning" …

Three runs by Morris means it's time for another Plackemeier punt. Any chance Hester gets his hands on this ball? Very doubtful to say the least …

Gould trots onto the field to try a 48-yard field goal, but head coach Lovie Smith should have made that call 30 seconds ago. He did the same thing in the Detroit game a few weeks ago at Soldier Field. I just don't get it since you need two scores anyway, and it doesn't matter which one you get first. At least Gould's kick is good, cutting the lead to 30-23 with 18 seconds left. The onside kick, however, comes up empty as this game is just about over …

And that's the ballgame, ladies and gentlemen …

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John Crist is the Editor in Chief of BearReport.com and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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