The Seahawks cut the Bears lead to 17-16 on the third play of the final quarter as Olindo Mare kicked a 39-yard field goal. The kick capped a 13-play, 59-yard drive the featured three big pass plays on second downs – Seneca Wallace to Nate Burleson for 13 yards, to T.J. Houshmandzadeh for 13 yards and to Houshmandzadeh again for 14 yards on a play where the Seahawks wide receiver went up and took the ball away from Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.
The defense and special teams combined to allow the Seahawks to regain the lead with 5:12 to play. Mare kicked a 46-yarder to make it 19-17, but rookie linebacker Aaron Curry swiped the ball off the hand of Jay Cutler for a fumble-forcing sack that gave the Seahawks the ball when defensive lineman Cory Redding recovered the fumble at the Bears 39.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Cutler passed to Devin Hester for a 36-yard TD with 1:52 to play. Hester made a reaching grab of the pass and then ran up the middle of the field for the score. The Bears stretched the lead to 25-19 as Cutler passed to Earl Bennett for the two-point conversion.
Cutler was 3 of 3 for 48 yards on the six-play, 71-yard drive.
The Seahawks had one last chance to win it, as Wallace moved them from their own 20 to the Bears 29. But his fourth-down pass was high to Jones.