Peephole perspective: A short TD run by Marshawn Lynch early. A long punt return for a TD late by Devin Hester. Seahawks 23-20.
Player of the quarter: Make it plural, and make it the Seahawks’ defense for pitching a shutout in the second half. They sacked and pressured Jay Cutler. They stuffed Matt Forte. They made a statement.
Play of the quarter: Pick a punt. Jon Ryan pinned the Bears at their 8-yard line by dropping a 54-yarder that hopped out of bounds. On his next effort, Roy Lewis downed Ryan’s punt at the 1. But when Ryan finally gave Devin Hester a punt to field, the Bears’ specialist ran it back 89 yards for the ninth of his career.
Number of the quarter: 1. As in, the Seahawks’ first road win of the season – and against a division-leading opponent that came in 4-1.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks scored on the third play of the quarter, as Marshawn Lynch rammed into the end zone on a 1-yard run for his first score as a Seahawk. Matt Hasselbeck was 5 of 6 on the 92-yard drive, including 21-, 18- and 6-yard completions to Mike Williams.
The Bears’ Danieal Manning returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD, but Rod Wilson was flagged for holding on the return. Instead, the Seahawks got the ball right back after Marcus Trufant nearly intercepted a first-down pass and Walter Thurmond had tight coverage on Cutler’s third-down incompletion.
The Bears had a chance to get on the board late in the quarter, but Robbie Gould’s 54-yard field goal attempt was wide right. Culter drove the Bears from their 1 and overcame the Seahawks’ sixth sack of the game. But it wasn’t enough to get Gould close enough.
The Bears did get on the board, with 1:54, on Hester’s electrifying return. Ryan also was launched by a Earl Bennett block during the return and remained on the field for a while before walking off.
The Bears tried an onsides kick. But John Carlson grabbed it for the Seahawks. The Seahawks then ran out the clock.