The Bears rallied from a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit Sunday in snowy Seattle to record a dramatic 25-24 victory over the Seahawks at Lumen Field.
Trailing 24-17, quarterback Nick Foles threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 1:01 remaining and followed with a two-point conversion pass to Damiere Byrd, who made a sensational one-handed catch to give the Bears their first lead of the game.
The defense followed by clinching the win, pressuring Russell Wilson into throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-5 from the Seahawks' 32 with :17 remaining.
"The biggest thing for me and for our team in there is that the guys never stopped fighting," said coach Matt Nagy. "As a coach, you love that about them. It just speaks to who they are."
Seeing his first action of the season, Foles engineered the game-winning 6-play, 80-yard drive in just 1:55, completing 4 of 5 passes for 69 yards. The 10-year NFL veteran started in place of the injured Justin Fields (ankle) and Andy Dalton (groin).
Foles connected on 24 of 35 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 98.5 passer rating in the game. He led an offense that converted 7-of-14 third-down opportunities and did not commit a turnover.
"I'm happy for Nick that he got an opportunity today," Nagy said. "Not happy for how it happened with Justin and Andy, but Nick's always going to be prepared. For him to be able to come into this moment, he's been there, done that a lot of different ways."
With the comeback win, the Bears (5-10) snapped a three-game losing streak.
"To get a win the guys in there and knowing the kind of character they've got feels amazing," said running back David Montgomery, who rushed for 45 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries and caught a game-high seven passes for 61 yards. "So, I'm just happy. I'm going to enjoy this win for the day, go get back to work and get ready for next week."
Here's what transpired in the game:
After both teams went three-and-out on their first possessions, Wilson lofted a 41-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to receiver D.K. Metcalf, who beat single coverage by Thomas Graham Jr. to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead with 9:00 left in the first quarter. The TD capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive.
The Bears had a chance to tie the game but failed to score after having first-and-goal from the 4. Montgomery gained two yards, then lost two after taking a direct snap in the Wildcat formation. Foles followed with an incompletion before completing a pass to Montgomery at the 2, but he was tackled immediately.
The Bears eventually tied the score 7-7 on Montgomery's 1-yard touchdown run with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter. The TD came after the defense forced a three-and-out and rookie Dazz Newsome returned a punt 28 yards to the Seattle 15.
The Seahawks answered with a 12-play, 74-yard drive capped by Rashaad Penny's 3-yard TD run, increasing their lead to 14-7 with 4:47 left in the half.
Late in the half, Seattle stopped the Bears on third down but did not call a timeout, letting the clock tick down to 1:11. However, Wilson completed a 13-yard pass to running back DeeJay Dallas, scrambled for 10 yards and took advantage of a coverage breakdown to hit wide open tight end Gerald Everett for 26 yards.
That set up Jason Myers' 36-yard field goal, widening the margin to 17-7 with :17 remaining in the half.
Khalil Herbert's 20-yard touchdown run drew the Bears to within 17-14, capping a 10-play, 82-yard drive. Left tackle Larry Borom—who had replaced an injured Teven Jenkins—and left guard Cody Whitehair—threw nice blocks on the play.
The Seahawks responded immediately, extending their lead to 24-14 just 1:58 later on Wilson's 24-yard touchdown pass to Everett. The TD came two plays after Penny's 32-yard run.
The Bears followed by marching deep into Seattle territory. But first-and-goal from the 5 turned into fourth-and-goal from the 17 after Montgomery was dropped for a one-yard loss, Foles was sacked for a 6-yard loss and right tackle Germain Ifedi was penalized for a false start.
Cairo Santos' 35-yard field goal cut the deficit to 24-17 with 10:42 remaining.
A second 32-yard run by Penny gave the Seahawks an opportunity to take a two-score lead. But Robert Quinn sacked Wilson for a 13-yard loss and Myers followed by missing a 39-yard field goal attempt wide left with 7:18 remaining.
The Bears reached their own 46 before turning the ball over on downs on a Foles incompletion on fourth-and-4 with 5:01 to play.
The offense got another opportunity, taking over at its own 20 following a touchback on a punt with 2:56 to play—and made the most of it, marching 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:01 remaining.
Watch the Bears' Week 16 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks unfold through the lenses of our sideline photographers at Lumen Field.