Seahawks end season with OT loss

In what appeared, on paper at least, to be an overmatched Seahawks team against a tough Chicago Bears team turned into one of the best games of the postseason. Seattle had it's chances to win the game in overtime and with their first possession of the overtime, but it was Bears K Robbie Gould who gave the home team a 27-24 victory to send them to the NFC Championship Game.

The game started off rough for the Seahawks defense as they allowed the Bears to march down the field on a 12-play, 80 yard drive that ended when RB Thomas Jones ran it in from nine yards out to put the Bears up quickly 7-0.

After the two teams traded punts, Seattle put together one of their best drives of the season as QB Matt Hasselbeck drove the Seahawks 71 yards in nine plays and hit WR Nate Burleson with a 16 yard touchdown to tie the score.

However, the Bears offense answered quickly as QB Rex Grossman hit WR Bernard Barrian for a 68-yard touchdown pass over a badly beaten Seattle secondary.

Heading into the game, the thought was that the Seahawks would have to get pressure on Grossman in order to win, but early on, they were unable to generate much. However, as the afternoon progressed, the Seahawks managed to get pressure and registered four sacks including a sack and a fumble by LB Julian Peterson that led to Seattle's second touchdown on the day – a four-yard touchdown run by RB Shaun Alexander on 4th-and-1.

Shortly before halftime, Grossman and the Bears again had an answer as they drove 57 yards in seven plays, culminating with Jones' second touchdown on the day, a seven yard scamper over right guard.

Seattle took the opening kickoff of the second-half straight down the field and settled for a 40-yard Josh Brown field goal.

Two possessions later, Seattle, starting from their own 49, was able to take their first lead of the day as Alexander was able to bust straight up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run putting the Seahawks ahead 24-21.

The Chicago offense continued to struggle and managed only to post three points in the second-half as Gould hit a 41-yarder with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

With 1:38 remaining on the clock in regulation, Seattle marched the ball to Chicago's 45 before their drive stalled and the clock ran out.

In overtime, Seattle got the ball first and drove to their own 48, but came up short of a first down and had to punt.

P Ryan Plackemeier barely got off the kick as DE Israel Idonije broke through the line and made Seattle's rookie punter re-direct his kick. The punt only went 18 yards and that set up the Bears for the game-winning drive.

On 3rd-and-10 from his own 34, Grossman hit WR Rashied Davis down the seam for a 30-yard gain to Seattle's 36. After they managed to gain four more yards on the next three downs, Gould came on and hit the game-winner sending the Bears to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1988. Top Stories