The Seahawks took to the road after the bye week, traveling to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Seeking to change their routine on the road, the Seahawks traveled to Chicago on Friday, arriving in the darkness of night. Director of video Thom Fermstad moves equipment from the team charter to the buses for the trip to the hotel.
On Saturday, the team went through a light workout at a local high school in the shadows of the Chicago skyline.
On Sunday, fans arrived at Soldier Field early, including this fan who was making a point about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
A whiteboard in the locker room informed players of the pregame timeline prior to the noon kickoff.
In the late morning sunshine, the Seahawks gathered on the field at the end of their pregame warmups.
Running back Leon Washington made final adjustments to his gloves, which were pink as the team and league continued to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Tight end John Carlson leaves the locker room and heads to the field for pregame introductions.
Wide receiver Mike Williams had his best day as a Seahawk, hauling in 10 catches including this tightrope reception along the sideline.
Mike Williams celebrates his sideline catch and resulting first down.
Wide receiver Deon Butler opened the scoring for Seattle, hauling in a 22-yard touchdown reception from Matt Hasselbeck in the first quarter.
Seattle’s defense pressured Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler all afternoon, with defensive end Red Bryant making the hit on this play.
Defensive backs Jordan Babineaux and Roy Lewis celebrate a sack.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, the newest addition to the team, wasted no time making his mark, leaping for a gain near the red zone.
Running back Justin Forsett celebrates with teammates after scoring on a nine-yard run in the second quarter.
Rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond saw significant action, and nearly intercepted a pass near the end zone.
Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley dialed up myriad blitzes, and Jordan Babineaux forced Cutler into a fumble at the goal line resulting in a safety to give the Seahawks a 16-13 lead.
As Jordan Babineaux lies on top of Cutler the referee signals for the safety.
Seahawks defensive captain Lofa Tatupu celebrates the safety.
Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a yell as his defense records another one of their six sacks on the afternoon.
Marshawn Lynch went into “Beast Mode” and lowered his shoulder at the goal line for a touchdown.
Seahawks coaches along the sideline marvel as cornerback Marcus Trufant nearly comes up with an acrobatic inteception before being ruled out-of-bounds.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler goes down for the sixth time on a sack courtesy of the aggressive Seattle defense.
As Seattle’s offense assumed the “Victory” formation to run out the clock, head coach Pete Carroll was all smiles on the Seahawks sideline.
Marshawn Lynch and Matt Hasselbeck celebrate in the Seahawks locker room after the victory.
Head coach Pete Carroll was fired up in his postgame comments to the team, telling the players it no longer mattered if they were playing home or away.
Offensive lineman Ben Hamilton’s bloody face showed the physical nature of the game. Moments later he would be stitched up by a team doctor.
Less than 48 hours after landing in Chicago, the Seahawks reboarded their charter against the setting sun, returning home victorious with a road win and a share of the division lead.