2nd time’s a charm?
Seahawks vs. Bears week in NFL Week 15 action. In this week’s Moments In Time it was the 2007 season and the Seattle Seahawks, ravaged by injuries, were rolling into the post season as NFC West divisional winners…again.
Their first round bye got them to the divisional round against the Chicago Bears.
Earlier in the season, these two teams faced off with the Bears coming out ahead in a big way, 37-6 in Chicago. The Seahawks were hoping to ensure this game went much better than that one.
Bears RB Thomas Jones got the scoring started with a 9 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. That was the only score in the first. 7-0 Bears.
Seattle answered back first in the second quarter with a 16 yard connection from Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson to tie the game up at 7 a piece.
The Bears responded with a giant 68 yard pass from Rex Grossman to Bernard Berrian. 14-7 Bears.
Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander was injured the first time these two teams met earlier in the year and wanted to make up for that loss in a big way. He scored next in this game with a 4 yard touchdown scramble. The game was now tied at 14 a piece.
The Bears would not go away as they proved to be pretty resilient.
Their next score came from another Thomas Jones run, this one for 7 yards. The Bears were back on top 21-14 going into half time.
Seattle would strike twice and take the lead as soon as the 3rd quarter started. It started with a Josh Brown (BOOOOOO!!) field goal from 40 yards out that left the Bears up 21-17. But then a second Shaun Alexander touchdown in the game from 13 yards out would put the Seahawks up 24-21 with just under 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
The Seahawks were driving and in Bears territory when they hit a 3rd and 1 on the Chicago 44 yard line. Shaun Alexander was stopped with no gain and the Seahawks decided to go for it on 4th down to try and put the game away. Instead, though, Hasselbeck would bobble the snap and Alexander would literally get thrown by Lance Briggs for a 2 yard loss and a turnover.
The Bears then put together a 12 play, 48 yard, 5:51 drive that ended with a game-tying field goal from Robbie Gould with just under 5 minutes left in the game.
The Seahawks could not answer and the game went into overtime.
The Seahawks first drive in overtime was unsuccessful so they punted to the Bears. Only problem was that Seahawks punter Ryan Plackemeier was under heavy pressure and only punted it 18 yards.
On the ensuing Bears drive, Grossman would hit Rashied Davis for 30 yards, setting up the game-winning Robbie Gould punt to seal the Seahawks 2007 season and send the Bears into the NFC Championship game against the Saints.
Hasselbeck was 18/33 on the day with 195 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Alexander would rush 26 times from 108 yards and 2 scores. Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch both had 4 catches, Jackson totaling 49 yards and Branch totaling 48 yards.
Grossman was 21/38 for 282 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jones ran 21 times for 66 yards and 2 scores while Cedric Benson ran 12 times for 45 yards for the Bears. Berrian had 5 catches for 105 yards and the score while Rashied Davis had 4 catches for 84 yards. Devin Hester fumbled the ball 3 times, but all were recovered by the Bears.
Pete Hunter had the lone Seahawks interception in the game.
The Seahawks registered 3 sacks on Grossman in the game, with Grant Wistrom, Rocky Bernard and Julian Peterson all getting to the Bears QB.
Ricky Manning Jr has the lone Bears interception while they also got to the QB 3 times, with Alex Brown, Tank Johnson, and Adewele Ogunleye all getting one in.