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Chicago Bears' defense falls apart in loss to Seahawks

The Seahawks overcame Chicago's vaunted defense in an upset victory.

David Banks

The Chicago Bears have been powered by their defense so far this season, but in Sunday's 23-17 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks, the defense faltered down the stretch. It was a rare moment of vulnerability for Chicago's defense, but after the game, head coach Lovie Smith took blame for the effort.

"That hasn't happened to us very often around here," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Terrible job I did (of) getting our football team ready. Once you get a lead, you've got to be able to hold a lead at home with our defense. We had opportunities to make some plays late. We didn't."

(via ESPN Chicago)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a go-ahead drive with less than a minute remaining in regulation, though the Bears came back and tied the game after a miracle completion between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. In overtime, though, Seattle received the ball first and was led down the field by Wilson on a touchdown drive that ended the game after just one possession.

In the locker room after the game, defensive lineman Henry Melton told reporters that the defense "just didn't execute the plan" late in the game.