Peephole perspective: Another TD by the Seahawks, on a 9-yard run by Justin Forsett. A pair of Bears’ field goals. Seahawks 14-13.
Player of the quarter: Lofa Tatupu. The Seahawks’ do-it-all middle linebacker made a couple of huge plays on third downs. On third-and-5 from the 50, he tipped a Jay Cutler pass incomplete. Then, on third-and-4 from the 6, Tatupu blitzed and pressured Cutler into throwing an incompletion.
Play of the quarter: Throwing from near his own goal line, Cutler got off a short pass to Johnny Knox, who turned it into a 67-yard gain by running up the sideline and then cutting to the middle of the field.
Number of the quarter: 59. That’s Aaron Curry’s uniform number. On a third-and-10 play from the Seahawks’ 11, Cutler had his sights set on the end zone. But Curry also had Cutler in his sights. Curry whiffed on a first attempt at a sack, but then got Cutler with a second effort.
The bigger picture: The drive that ended the first quarter continued into the second, and ended when Forsett rammed into the end zone on a 9-yard run on third down. Hasselbeck hit two big throws on the seven-play, 37-yard drive – including a 14-yarder to Mike Williams on third-and-4.
The Bears came back to make it 14-10 on a 34-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 11:51 left in the half. Cutler hit two huge passes on the seven-play, 65-yard drive – a 34-yard to Devin Aromashodu to the Seahawks’ 47 and a 36-yader to Earl Bennett to the Seahawks’ 11. But Chris Clemons then stopped Matt Forte for no gain on second down and Curry sacked Cutler for a 5-yard loss on third down.
After the Seahawks went three-and-out, Forte went for 19 yards on a screen pass. But the Seahawks held again, as Earl Thomas broke up Cutler’s second-down pass and Tatupu tipped away his pass on third down.
The Seahawks moved from their 6-yard line to the Bears’ 37 on the ensuing series, but he drive stalled and they had to punt.
The Bears got a “chunk” play on their next series, when Knox took a short pass from Cutler and turned it into a 67-yard gain. The Seahawks challenged the play, but the ruling on the field stood, giving the Bears a first down at the Seahawks’ 25. Cutler followed that with a 13-yard pass to Knox to the 12. But the Bears had to settle for another field goal – a 24-yarder by Gould – as Thurmond tipped Cutler’s first-down pass incomplete near the goal line and Tatupu pressured Cutler into an incompletion on third down.