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Seahawks’ last place ends lockdown after 25-24 loss to Bears

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SEATTLE (AP) – After the kneeling final, the few remaining snowballs tossed from the stands were no longer just aimed at officials or the Chicago Bears. Some were thrown towards the sideline and the tunnel as the Seattle Seahawks left the field.

What was already a losing season for the Seahawks hit a new low on Sunday, when they lost a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in a 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears that knocked Seattle out of the playoffs. NFC.

The crash was quick and painful for a team that a year ago won 12 games and were champions of the NFC West. Seattle (5-10) was already guaranteed to finish with a losing record, but clung to the slimmest of playoff prospects earlier in the week. Now they’re assured of the worst season in Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks – and his first 10-game losing streak since his first season as NFL head coach in 1994 with the New York Jets.

Seattle will finish last in NFC West for the first time since joining the NFC in 2002. The last time the Seahawks finished bottom in their division was AFC West in 1996.

“It was just our game to have. Our game to have, ”Carroll said. “We had the opportunity to win this football game and we didn’t.”

After Nick Foles hit Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham on a 15-yard touchdown with 1:01 left and the ensuing 2-point conversion to Damiere Byrd gave Chicago the lead, he There hasn’t been a Russell Wilson-designed last-second rally like in past seasons. In their last series, the Seahawks committed three penalties and Wilson’s fourth pass attempt to Tyler Lockett was incomplete.

“The most important thing is to finish. I mean, this season we’ve had some tight losses and it’s all about finishing, ”said Rashaad Penny, who ran for 135 yards and a touchdown. “It’s something the coach preaches every day.”

Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 181 yards and two touchdowns. There was some good in his performance, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf in the first quarter, his first touchdown reception since Oct. 31.

There were also some confusing moves, with Metcalf having just one goal in the second half and Wilson taking an expensive sack midway through the fourth quarter with Seattle inside the Chicago 10 and holding a lead of 24. -17. The lost distance allowed Jason Myers to attempt a 39-yard chip shot, which pulled him to the left for his sixth miss of the season and his second within 40 yards.

“I think the risk-reward in trying to score a touchdown, we’ve done it so many times, we’ve hit Tyler and other guys, and unfortunately we weren’t able to make that play,” Wilson said. “And then obviously the situation happens where we don’t end up getting there, but I was trying to play ball like I know how to and I still do and I try to move around and just try to see if we can find a touchdown there. “

The snowstorm that hit the Seattle area in the early hours of Sunday left many empty seats inside Lumen Field, one of the sparsest crowds in recent memory. It could be even more void for next week’s home final against Detroit in a game that is truly meaningless to both teams – aside from fans who might show up knowing this could be the last chance Carroll’s squad. , Wilson and Wagner are all together in a Seattle uniform.

The loss to the Bears seemed to be the harbinger of big changes in the offseason.

Carroll, however, said the focus is on the present: “That’s all we do. We are talking about this week.

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