On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will visit the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams sport a losing record entering the Week 16 contest. The Bears are 4-10 while the Seahawks enter the matchup at 5-9. Both teams are coming off a loss to their respective division foes. The Bears fell prey to the Vikings in an ugly Monday night performance. Meanwhile, the Seahawks lost to the Rams on Tuesday night, a game the NFL had to reschedule due to LA's COVID-19 issues.
Beyond the one-game difference in record, these two teams face a major disparity. The Bears are no longer in playoff contention while the Seahawks' postseason hopes are still technically alive. However, it's by the slimmest of margins. This week, the Bears can put the final nail in the coffin of the Seahawks' season.
The Bears and Seahawks don't have a deep-rooted history. Until 2002, the Seahawks were in the AFC. The addition of the Houston Texans forced a realignment that moved Seattle into the NFC. Since then, the Bears and Seahawks have squared off 11 times, including two playoff matchups. Of course, the Bears won both times.
Before that, they only played one another seven times. In their 18 total matchups, the Seahawks lead the series 11-7-0. Seattle sports a slight edge in scoring as well -- 398 to 378.
The last Bears vs. Seahawks contest was on September 17, 2018. It was the Monday Night Football game for Week 2 of the regular season.
The Bears were fresh off a loss in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football the week prior. That defeat saw a 20-0 lead slip away thanks to Aaron Rodgers. What a way to ring in the Matt Nagy era.
As for the Seahawks, they were coming off of a 27-24 loss to the Broncos in Denver, which is always a tough place to play, but especially early in the season.
The game got off to a great start for the Monsters of the Midway. A Seahawks' drive stalled out at Chicago's 44-yard line, leading to a punt after eight plays and 31 yards of offense. On the Bears' first possession of the game, they stormed 96 yards down the field 96 yards on 10 plays. The drive spanned 5:40 and concluded with Mitch Trubisky finding Trey Burton for a three-yard touchdown.
On the next seven drives, neither offense mustered much. It was a sloppy performance for both sides.
- Seahawks Punt (4 plays, 14 yards, 1:40)
- Bears Punt (7 plays, 16 yards, 4:00)
- Seahawks Punt (3 plays, -4 yards, 2:16)
- Bears Interception (1 play, 0 yards, 0:08)
- Seahawks Punt (3 plays, 3 yards, 1:06)
- Bears Interception (5 plays, 11 yards, 1:51)
- Seahawks Punt (3 plays, -16 yards, 2:21)
After that snoozefest, the Bears got the scoring started again. A five-minute, 26-second drive saw them march 44 yards on 12 plays. However, the Seahawks stopped the Bears dead in their tracks inside the 10-yard line. As a result, Cody Parkey made a 25-yard field goal to extend the Bears' lead to 10-0.
But Seattle did not back down. With just 1:07 remaining in the first half, the Seahawks went on an eight-play, 37-yard drive. While they did not find the endzone, they made it a one-score game. Sabastian Janikowski connected on a 56-yard field goal to make it a 10-3 game heading into halftime.
Unlike the beginning of the game, the second half did not get off to a roaring start. Both offenses came looked sluggish following the break and exchanged four combined punts.
- Bears Punt (4 plays, 6 yards, 3:24)
- Seahawks Punt (3 plays, 2 yards, 0:57)
- Bears Punt (7 plays, 27 yards, 4:03)
- Seahawks Punt (3 plays, -1 yards, 1:06)
After that dreadful stretch, the Bears reignited the scoring. They roared their way 66 yards downfield on 11 plays in 6:15. Anthony Miller hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky for the exclamation point. That score extended the Bears' lead to 17-3.
Like clockwork, the Seahawks responded with a touchdown of their own. Tyler Lockett caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to cap off a 10-play, 75-yard drive, trimming the Bears' lead to 17-10.
With Seattle trailing by a lone touchdown, the Bears went back to work. A three-and-out ensued, but Chicago's defense made a huge play following the punt. On the fourth play of the Seahawks' drive, Prince Amukamara jumped Rashaad Penny's route and intercepted Wilson's pass. Amukamara returned the pick 49 yards to the house, which essentially gift-wrapped the game for the Bears. Chicago's lead was back to two touchdowns as the score read 24-10.
On the following drive, the Seahawks turned the ball over again. Danny Trevathan came on a linebacker blitz, jarring the ball from Wilson's hands to be recovered by Leonard Floyd at the Seattle 41.
Subsequently, the Bears offense went three-and-out again and gave the ball back to the Seahawks.
Looking for a comeback, the Seahawks went on an impressive 11-play, 99-yard drive in just 2:28. That sequence culminated in a two-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Will Dissly.
With only 0:14 left on the clock, Seattle trailed 24-17. The only thing standing in the way of a Bears win was an onside kick, which was unsuccessful for the Seahawks as Anthony Miller recovered the kick.
A kneel-down later, the Bears prevailed over the Seahawks 24-17.
That Week 2 triumph propelled to Bears to 1-1. Meanwhile, the Seahawks record fell to 0-2.
The Bears went on to finish 11-3 the rest of the way and secure the third seed in the NFC with a 12-4 record. Of course, they clinched the NFC North title against the Packers at Soldier Field. However, their playoff run fell short of the Super Bowl with a loss in the Wild Card game to the Eagles, which was the result of an infamous kicker missing an infamous kick.
On the flip side, the Seahawks went 10-4 after the loss to the Bears. They finished 10-6 overall and made the playoffs. But their fate was similar to that of the Bears. They lost in the Wild Card game to the Cowboys by less than a field goal as well.