The Bears took the lead on their first possession of the second half, with more than just a little help from the Seahawks.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh fumbled a pass from Seneca Wallace on the second play of the half and Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye recovered at the Seattle 42. Jay Cutler then hooked up with running back Matt Forte for a 22-yard pass play to the Seattle 13. On third-amd-4, Johnny Knox took a pass from Cutler and reached to touch the pylon for a 7-yard TD. The Seahawks challenged the ruling on the field, but it was upheld after review.
The Seahawks missed a chance to regain the lead with 8:08 left in the quarter when Mare missed – wide left – on a 34-yard field goal attempt. The drive to the Chicago 16 was aided by two facemask penalties against the Bears and Wallace’s 24-yard pass to Nate Burleson.
Mansfield Wrotto took over at left guard during the drive, as Rob Sims had to go to the locker room with an injury to his left side.
The Bears got on the board again, and quickly, as linebacker Lance Briggs picked off Wallace’s ill-advised pass at the Seattle 14. The defense did it job, including a third-down sack by defensive end Patrick Kerney that caused Cutler to fumble. But tackle Chris Williams recovered for the Bears and Robbie Gould kicked a 37-yard field goal.