Seattle defeats Chicago 26-0 for 1st win – The Seattle Seahawks got their first win of the NFL season by blanking the Chicago Bears 26-0 on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Leading just 6-0 at the half, Seattle’s Tyler Lockett gave the team a spark by returning the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, and they never looked back.
When quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 30-yard TD pass to Jimmy Graham later in the third quarter the rout was on.
The Seahawks’ defense was dominate with the return of safety Kam Chancellor, forcing the Bears to punt on all 10 possessions. It was the first time since 2002 that Chicago was shut out in a game.
The Bears drove into Seattle territory just once all day, and ran only three plays on that half of the field.
Wilson finished 20 of 30 for 235 passing yards and one touchdown. Graham had seven catches for 83 yards.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch left at halftime with a hamstring injury, finishing with 14 yards on five carries. He was questionable before the game with a calf injury.
Lynch was replaced by undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who looked good gaining 104 yards in the game, most of it in the second half.
In the first half the Seahawks ran a trick play on special teams, a misdirected punt that the St. Louis Rams ran for a touchdown against Seattle last year. It worked against the Bears too.
With Lockett used as the decoy near the Chicago sideline, drawing the Bears’ coverage team to him, cornerback Richard Sherman caught the punt on the Seahawks sideline and returned it 64 yards.
After the game, Sherman said, “I think they trusted by ability and my savvy to go out there and execute it during the game.” The play set up the first of Steven Hauschka’s four field goals.
Chicago started Jimmy Clausen at quarterback instead of Jay Cutler. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 63 yards.
The Chicago offense managed just 146 total yards for the game, with only 37 coming in the second half.
The Seattle crowd actually booed their team’s poor first-half offensive performance, but Lockett’s TD return to open the second half ignited the team and the crowd.
It was Seattle’s first home game of the season after opening with tough losses at St. Louis and Green Bay. Chicago fell to 0-3.