Seattle traveled to Chicago to face the Bears in a NFC Divisional Playoff game at Soldier Field, where for the second week in a row they were vast underdogs. After two amazing weeks of football, the Seahawks run came to an end on a frozen, snowy day in the Windy City.
Crowds of Seahawks fans cheered from roadside and along freeway overpasses as the team's caravan of buses headed from the VMAC to the airport on Friday.
The Seahawks arrived in Chicago to snow on the ground and temperatures in the 20's.
On Saturday, the team did their walk-thru at an indoor facility at Northwestern University before a quick trip to Soldier Field where head coach Pete Carroll took a walk near midfield.
On Sunday morning, Carroll greeted fans in the lobby of the team hotel before boarding a charter bus headed for the stadium.
Members of the equipment staff adjust the cleats of receiver Brandon Stokley before the game.
Long-snapper Clint Gresham warmed up on a stationary bike near the sinks in the locker room.
Leon Washington "taps in" on his way to the field.
Tight ends Cameron Morrah and John Carlson get together in the tunnel before heading to the field.
The Seahawks gathered around Lawyer Milloy before taking the field for kickoff.
Matt Hasselbeck fires a pass to tight end John Carlson, who gained 14 yards on the play before being injured and removed from the game with a concussion.
Seattle's defense tried to swarm around Chicago running back Matt Forte.
Chicago's Matt Forte flies over the pile near the goal line, but Seattle's defense stopped him short.
As snow continued to fall, Soldier Field's grounds crew worked hard to keep field markings visible.
Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant breaks up a pass over the middle intended for Chicago's Earl Bennett.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu is tackled after a 12-yard reception from Matt Hasselbeck.
Brandon Stokley, who had eight catches for 85 yards to lead the Seahawks, dives ahead for more yardage.
Seattle caught a break when a pass tipped by Chicago's Charles Tillman is caught by the Seahawks' Mike Williams in the end zone for a touchdown.
Williams celebrates the touchdown, which made the score 35-17 in favor of the Bears.
Head coach Pete Carroll paces the sidelines as his team scored 21 fourth quarter points, but it wasn't enough.
As a NFL Films microphone looms above, Carroll hugs quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the locker room after the game. At left is quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, and at right is receiver's coach Kippy Brown.
Defensive captain Lofa Tatupu, who recovered from a concussion in time to play in the game, is consoled by Carroll in the locker room as the season came to an end.
The Seahawks entered the “fourth quarter” of their season hoping for a road victory to elevate their playoff hopes, but instead fell to the San Francisco 49ers on the road, 40-21.
On the team charter, head coach Pete Carroll does some final communicating before the plane takes off for San Francisco.
Upon landing, team president Peter McLoughlin, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll confer on the tarmac.
On game day, members of the team gather in the shower for a pregame prayer. Condensation in the locker room fogs the camera lens, creating the blur.
Defensive back Kam Chancellor walks down the tunnel from the locker room to the field in legendary yet antiquated Candlestick Park, home of the 49ers.
Seattle's Ruvell Martin celebrates in the arms of teammate Mike Gibson after Martin scored his first career touchdown. However, the Seahawks didn't muster much after that on either side of the ball as the 49ers scored 33 unanswered points.
Seattle safety Lawyer Milloy goes horizontal, but it wasn't enough to prevent San Francisco's Vernon Davis from one of his five catches.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith tried to take on Seattle cornerback Roy Lewis, who pounded him with a vicious hit.
Seattle's Aaron Curry leapt over the San Francisco line to get a hand on this field goal attempt by the 49ers Jeff Reed which still made it through the uprights.
A small shaft of sunlight illuminated the players during part of the third quarter as the winter sun began to set.
Seahawks return specialist Leon Washington again proved his ability to be special with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Washington is congratulated by head coach Pete Carroll, who called Washington an "absolute stud" during his postgame comments to the team.
Seahawks linebacker Will Herring watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Deon Butler caught this 43-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck, despite early contact from San Francisco's Tarell Brown.
Ruvell Martin made the most of his start due to injuries to Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu, catching this 36-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown.
Head coach Pete Carroll, team medical staff and players gather around fallen Deon Butler, who broke his leg while catching a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Dr. Ed Khalfayan of the Seahawks medical team accompanies Butler off the field on a motorized cart.
Players and coaches including linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. didn't see much they liked near the end of the 40-21 defeat which saw the Seahawks give up 40 points and five turnovers in the loss.