Seahawks beat Bears 34-6 at CenturyLink Field

Posted Aug 22, 2014

The Seahawks concluded their home preseason slate with a dominant 34-6 win against the Chicago Bears.

First quarter

What happened? Seahawks 14, Bears 0. After Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 46 yards to the Seahawks’ 39, Russell Wilson directed a seven-play, 61-yard scoring drive that ended with Marshawn Lynch running 7 yards for the TD. Wilson passed to Jermaine Kearse for 17 yards on third-and-4 and to Harvin for 25 yards, also on third-and-4. Lynch carried three times for 16 yards. The Bears then drove to the Seahawks’ 42, but Byron Maxwell broke up Jay Cutler’s third-down pass to Alshon Jeffery to force a punt. Wilson then scored on a 7-yard run to make it 14-0 with 1:09 remaining. Wilson’s third rushing TD in the past two games capped a 14-play, 89-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes. Wilson was 4 of 6 for 54 yards.

Player of the quarter: Harvin. Wilson was lights out on both TD drives, but Harvin had the big kickoff return and the big reception on the first drive.

Play of the quarter: On a third-and-15 play, Jeffrey got behind Maxwell for what looked like a game-tying TD reception on the Bears’ first possession. But Maxwell recovered to slap the pass from Jeffrey’s hands.

Number to note: 3. It’s Wilson’s uniform number, but also the number of rushing TDs he has scored in his past three quarters of play. Then there were his two third-down completions on the first drive, and his TD run to cap the second series – which came on third down.

Second quarter

What happened? Seahawks 31, Bears 0. The Seahawks pushed their lead to 21-0 with 7:10 left in the half when Russell Wilson’s 12-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse – on third-and-10 – capped an 11-play, 83-yard drive. Wilson was 4 of 5 for 56 yards, Percy Harvin had two receptions for 36 yards, Robert Turbin carried on the first three plays for 14 yards and Christine Michael had four touches in the final seven plays for 21 yards. After the defense forced the Bears to put again, All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas broke a 59-yard return to set up Wilson’s 7-yard TD pass to Michael that made it 28-0 with 1:55 left. The Bears got close to scoring late in the half, but Jeremy Lane intercepted Jay Cutler’s pass that was intended for Josh Morgan at the Seahawks’ 2 and returned it 41 yards. Steven Hauschka then kicked a 59-yard field goal as time expired.

Player of the quarter: Wilson. He throws (7 of 8 for 78 yards and two TDs for a 146.9 rating). He runs (once for 9 yards). He scrambles to buy time. And the Seahawks’ third-year QB was impressive while doing it all. Wilson finished the half 13 of 17 for 174 yards.

Play of the quarter: Thomas’ 59-yard punt return to the Bears’ 16. After having little room to move – or return – in the first two preseason games, Thomas finally broke one. Although allowing punter Patrick O’Donnell to clip his heel and bring him down will undoubtedly be a topic for conversation in the video review. Honorable mention to Lane’s pick and return, that setup Hauschka’s 59-yarder.

Number to note: Five. The Seahawks had five first-half possessions and scored on each – four touchdowns, two rushing in the first quarter, two passing in the second quarter; and Hauschka’s long field goal.

Third Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 34, Bears 0. The Seahawks’ defense opened the half by forcing a three-and-out, as Heath Farwell had a 7-yard sack on second down. But the Seahawks scoring streak ended at five consecutive possessions when Steven Hauschka’s 53-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright. The Bears then drove to the Seahawks’ 29, but Robbie Gould was wide right on a 47-yard field goal attempt. Hauschka then kicked a 38-yarder with 2:32 left to cap a 10-yard, 44-yard drive and make it 34-0. Tarvaris Jackson took over for Russell Wilson and completed 3 of 7 passes for 41 yards.

Player of the quarter: Farwell. In a quarter that lacked ebb and flow, the backup middle linebacker got his sack on the second play that set the tempo as the No. 2 defense forced a pair of three-and-outs.

Play of the quarter: On a third-and-23 play, right guard J.R. Sweezy buried Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden with a block that sprung Christine Michael on a 21-yard pass play. The Seahawks didn’t get the first down, but Hayden stayed down.

Number to note: 0. Number of punts by Jon Ryan in the first seven quarters at CenturyLink Field this preseason.

Fourth quarter

What happened? Seahawks 34, Bears 6. With 5:56 to play, the Bears finally got on the board as Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal capped an 11-play, 51-yard drive. Terrelle Pryor took over at quarterback for Tarvaris Jackson and threw an interception that setup a 38-yard field goal by Gould with 2:35 left.

Player of the quarter: Third-year linebacker Marcus Dowtin. He made the plays that forced the Bears to settle for a pair of field goals, with a tackle for a loss on the first drive and two tackles on the second drive.

Play of the quarter: On a second-and-6 play from the Seahawks’ 10, Dowtin dropped Shaun Draughn for a 2-yard loss on the first drive where the Bears settled for a field goal.

Number to note: Seven. The Seahawks have won seven consecutive home games during the preseason, and this year’s back-to-back victories came by a combined score of 75-20.