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Bears get Nick Foles late magic to dominate Seahawks 25-24

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Bears get Nick Foles late magic to dominate Seahawks 25-24

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Jimmy Graham caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles with 1:01 left, Damiere Byrd gave an acrobatic reception for the 2-point conversion and the Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 25-24 on Sunday.

Making his first start since last season, Foles led the Bears to 80 yards in the dying minutes, capping the run with his touchdown throw to Graham, who spent three seasons with the Seahawks. Graham posted a pair of smaller defensive backs to hook the corner of the end zone, his third touchdown of the season.

On the 2-point attempt, Foles threw late, but Byrd knocked his knee down in the end zone with several Seattle defenders trying to push him over the back line.

It was a stunning conclusion to a rare snow game in Seattle that knocked the Seahawks (5-10) out of the NFC playoff picture. Seattle was already assured of a losing season and coach Pete Carroll posted double-digit losses for the first time in his tenure.

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Foles finished 24 of 35 for 250 yards, and David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert each had rushing touchdowns. Montgomery had 21 carries for 45 yards and seven receptions for 61 yards. The Bears (5-10) had lost three straight games and seven of their previous eight.

Russell Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including the first touchdown for DK Metcalf since Oct. 31, totaling 41 yards in the first quarter. Gerald Everett caught a 24-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, which gave Seattle a 24-14 lead.

Rashaad Penny ran for 135 yards and one scorecard for the Seahawks, who lost for the second time in five days. Last Tuesday’s game against the Rams has been postponed for two days due to COVID-19 concerns in Los Angeles.

Seattle came in with a mathematical chance to reach the playoffs, but couldn’t maintain a 17-7 lead at halftime. Jason Myers missed a 39-yard field goal try in the middle of the fourth quarter that would have given Seattle a 10-point lead. It happened after Wilson was sacked by Robert Quinn with Seattle inside the Chicago 10 on the third down.

Given the possibility of rallying, Foles succeeded. The Bears took over at their own 20s with 2:56 to go. Foles hit Darnell Mooney for 30 yards, and a roughness penalty moved Chicago to Seattle 35 in one play. Foles connected with Montgomery on back-to-back games and Chicago was at Seattle 11 with 2 minutes left.

After a Carlos Dunlap strip-sack that Chicago recovered, Foles hit Graham in the third and -14 and Bears coach Matt Nagy didn’t hesitate to go for 2.

SNOW BOWL

Seattle played its third home game with snow since Lumen Field opened in 2002. The storm hit the Seattle metro area in the early hours of Sunday morning and dropped a few inches of snow throughout the Greater Seattle area. Puget Sound. The roads were tough to cross and Lumen Field was as empty as I remember recently for a Seahawks game.

Most of the snow stopped falling by half time, but a light layer covered most of the ground. Seattle also played snow games in December 2008 and November 2006.

WAGNER’S FILE

Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner set a franchise record recording his 168th tackle of the season at the end of the third quarter. Wagner entered the week leading the NFL in tackles and had 12, giving him 170 for the season.

BAG ATTACK

Quinn has 17 sacks, tied for second in Bears history behind Richard Dent’s 17 1/2 in 1984. Quinn has 15 career sacks against Seattle.

FOLLOWING

Bear: Host the New York Giants next Sunday.

Seahawks: Home v Detroit next Sunday.

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