Seahawks dominate Bears, 38-14

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Scoring two touchdowns 50seconds apart in the third quarter, the second on a 20-yard interception return by defensive lineman Red Bryant, the Seattle Seahawks stormed from behind Sunday for a 38-14 victory over Chicago, the Bears' fourth consecutive loss since losing quarterback Jay Cutler with a broken thumb.

Seattle, which won for the fifth time in six games, now has a 7-7 record, the same as the Bears, who have gone from contending for the first wild-card playoff slot in the NFC to a longshot merely to get into the tournament.

And, while the Seahawks tied the game at 14 by driving 80 yards to score a touchdown after receiving the second half kickoff, the difference, as it has been through most of the Chicago losing streak, was the inept play of the Bears' offense behind backup quarterback Caleb Hanie.

The go-ahead touchdown came on a short pass attempt when Hanie was pressured by rookie linebacker K.J. Wright from his own 28-yard line. With Wright immediately in his face, Hanie nonetheless tried to get a short throw past him but the ball floated right to Bryant, who ran into the end zone untouched.

Chicago had controlled the game in the first half, in which it doubled Seattle's yardage and led, 14-7. But after the Bryant interception, the Bears went absolutely flat. Their next two possessions were three-and-outs, each of them marked by a penalty for offensive holding, and, after the second, the Seahawks drove for a field goal by Steve Hauschka to make the score 24-14.

In the fourth quarter, a 36-yard punt return by Leon Washington set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Michael Robinson, and then cornerback Brandon Browner returned an interception 42 yards for yet another Seahawks touchdown.

The Bears' offense has been abysmal since Cutler was injured, an absence exacerbated when their leading running back, Matt Forte, went out with an injury a week later. Although the Bears did manage a drive of more than 50 yards for the first time in three games, they continued a downward spiral which has seen them score just four touchdowns on offense in the last four games.

Hanie threw three interceptions and completed 11 of 24 passes for 123 yards. It was the third time in his four starts that he threw three interceptions, and he was saved from any more when the Bears mercifully took him out of the game after the Browner touchdown. But Josh McCown, Chicago's third-string quarterback, then threw an interception on his second attempt.

Jackson, meanwhile, completed 15 of 19 second-half passes for 176 yards as the Seahawks outscored the Bears, 31-0, in the second half. Chicago made just two first downs in the second half, one of them in garbage time during the last two minutes, long after the game had been decided.

With the victory, Seattle has won five games out of six and remains in the hunt for a wild card spot in the playoffs.

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