Second quarter

Seahaws defense

The Seahawks held a 13-7 lead at halftime, as the Bears defense finally stopped the Seahawks after they had scored on their first three possessions and the Bears offense finally found the end zone – with less than two minutes remaining.

But the Seahawks also got on the board first in the second quarter, as Mare kicked a 37-yard field goal.

The Bears provided good field position – their own 47 – as Brad Maynard got off an 11-yard punt. Wallace then passed 20 yards to Burleson to the Bears 27 on third-and-10, and Burleson made a heads-up play in the end zone by ripping the ball from the grasp of Bears cornerback Zackary Brown to prevent an interception. That, after another Wallace-to-Burleson completion for 7 yards, put Mare in position to kick the Seahawks lead to 13-0.

Chicago finally forced a three-and-out, as linebacker Lance Briggs sacked Wallace on third down, and Cutler moved the Bears to the Seattle 1. The officials ruled that Matt Forte had fumbled at the 1, but overturned the play after a review because Forte was down by contact before the ball came out. Two plays later, on fourth-and-1, Cutler passed to tight end Greg Olsen for the TD that cut the Seahawks lead to 13-7 with 1:56 left in the half.

The Seahawks had a chance to up their lead just before intermission, but Mare was wide left on the 43-yard field goal attempt with 9 seconds left. The Seahawks got prime field position as Ben Obomanu returned the Bears’ kickoff 45 yards and then Wallace passed to tight end John Carlson (11 yards) and wide receiver  Deion Branch (7, his first reception of the season) before Julius Jones broke a 14-yard run.

David Hawthorne who was subbing for injured linebacker Lofa Tatupu led the Seahawks defensive effort with 11 tackles and an interception in the first half.


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