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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 25, Seattle Seahawks 24

Seattle, Washington, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) pump fakes against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take down the Seattle Seahawks, 25-24, in Week 16.

Damiere Byrd’s extraordinary two-point conversion, following Jimmy Graham’s touchdown with 1:07 remaining, gave Chicago the miraculous victory. Quarterback Nick Foles and the Bears put together two second-half 80-plus yard touchdown drives to mount the comeback. Seattle appeared destined for victory for much of Sunday’s contest before submitting a dismal second half that saw the offense accrue just 162 total yards and six first downs.

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Chicago Bears

Quarterback

Nick Foles came through when the team needed him most, throwing for 250 yards on 24-of-35 passing — including the game-winning touchdown with 67 seconds remaining. The former Super Bowl MVP was tepid in the game’s first three quarters, averaging a measly 3.4 yards of depth per target as just 12.5% of his attempts traveled past the first-down marker. The 10th-year pro came alive in the fourth quarter, though, and completed seven of his 11 attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged an 11-yard depth of target while registering a 122.9 passer rating.

Foles’ overall efficiency was crucial in keeping Chicago in Sunday’s contest. He finished with just one turnover-worthy play while submitting an 80.7% adjusted completion percentage.

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 8/8 57 100% 0
Short (1-9) 13/17 134 76.5% 0
Medium (10-19) 3/3 59 100% 1
Long (20+) 0/3 0 0% 0
Running Back

David Montgomery was effective as both a runner and a pass-catcher, turning his 28 touches into 106 total yards and a touchdown. His seven receptions on nine targets led all Bears receivers. Montgomery also found immense success making defenders whiff in space, as his five forced missed tackles were his second-highest single-game total so far this season.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Darnell Mooney hauled in five of his unit-high nine targets for 57 yards, 30 of which came on a crucial catch-and-run to jumpstart the Bears' final drive. He tallied 38 yards after the catch and two forced missed tackles, both of which were tops among Chicago’s wide receivers.

Cole Kmet caught four of his five targets for 49 yards and two first downs in Sunday’s victory. His 8.8-yard average depth of target and 12.3 yards per reception were both tops among Chicago pass-catchers with more than 12 snaps.  

Offensive Line

Chicago’s offensive line was up and down in its performance Sunday, struggling in pass protection to the tune of 22 allowed pressures and four sacks.

Defensive Line

The Bears' defensive line combined for 12 pressures and three sacks. Edge defender Robert Quinn paced the unit with four pressures, finishing as one of three Chicago defensive linemen to register a sack.

Player Pass-Rushing Snaps Total Pressures Sacks 
Robert Quinn 23 4 1
Bilal Nichols 18 2 1
Angelo Blackson 17 2 0
Trevis Gipson 15 3 1
Linebackers

Roquan Smith led all Chicago defenders with nine tackles, including a team-high two for loss. He finished with an average depth of tackle of 1.33 yards. Smith led a Bears linebacker unit that held up well in coverage, surrendering five receptions on seven unit-wide targets for 64 yards and three first downs.

Secondary

Chicago’s secondary flourished in Sunday’s victory, conceding just 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 unit-wide receptions. Cornerback Artie Burns and safety Deon Bush each set new season-highs with two forced incompletions apiece. No Bears defensive back allowed more than 41 yards through the air.

Player Cov. Snaps Rec./Tgts Yds Passer Rating Allowed
Eddie Jackson 30 3/4 21 86.5
Deon Bush 29 2/2 28 158.3
Duke Shelley 23 1/3 9 42.4
Kindle Vildor 21 2/2 15 97.9
Artie Burns 21 1/3 0 42.4
Thomas Graham Jr. 18 1/4 41 109.4

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Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback

Russell Wilson’s mediocre performance was not enough to lead Seattle to victory, as he completed just 16 of his 27 attempts for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson connected on only five of his 11 attempts for 49 yards in the second half. The 10th-year signal-caller also recorded two turnover-worthy plays — his second-highest total so far this season — and a 61.5% adjusted completion percentage, his second-lowest figure so far this year.

Wilson's best moments of the day came on play action, as he completed five of his seven such attempts for 61 yards, including his final touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter.

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 7/7 27 100% 0
Short (1-9) 5/9 48 55.6% 0
Medium (10-19) 2/5 41 40% 0
Long (20+) 2/5 65 40% 2
Running Back

Rashaad Penny submitted another dominant performance and continued to operate as Seattle’s lead back, finishing with 135 rushing yards and one touchdown on 17 attempts. The former first-round pick was practically impossible to take down Sunday, leading all ball-carriers with seven missed tackles. A whopping 70.4% of Penny’s yards came after contact.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Gerald Everett led all Seattle pass-catchers with 68 receiving yards in Sunday’s defeat. He hauled in four of his five targets, including a 24-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. The fifth-year tight end was Wilson’s go-to target when the chains needed moving, too. Each of Everett’s four receptions went for first downs.

D.K. Metcalf caught just two of his five targets yet finished with enough receiving yards to lead all Seahawks wide receivers. The entirety of Metcalf’s yardage came on a 41-yard touchdown catch early in the first quarter.

Offensive Line

Seattle’s offensive line flourished in the run game Sunday, facilitating a rushing attack that averaged 7.1 yards per carry. The unit was less adept in pass protection, as it allowed 14 pressures and two sacks in the defeat.

Defensive Line

The Seahawks' defensive line was a force to be reckoned with in the loss. The unit compiled 21 pressures and four sacks, and edge defender Carlos Dunlap was one of five Seattle defensive linemen to finish with multiple pressures. The 12th-year pro paced the unit with six pressures and two sacks.

Player Pass-Rushing Snaps Pressures Sacks 
Rasheem Green 33 5 2
Poona Ford 25 2 0
Carlos Dunlap 21 6 2
Darrell Taylor 20 3 0
Linebackers

Bobby Wagner recorded 12 tackles to set a new franchise record for tackles in a season — 170 and counting. He captained a linebacker group that struggled in coverage, allowing receptions on 12 of its 14 unit-wide targets for 98 yards and five first downs.

Secondary

Seattle’s secondary impressed against Chicago’s low-wattage passing attack, surrendering just 120 yards on 10 unit-wide receptions. Cornerback John Reid drew a team-high five targets yet conceded just three receptions for 36 yards while forcing a game-high two incompletions.

Player Cov. Snaps  Rec./Tgts Yds Passer Rating Allowed
John Reid 40 3/5 36 121.7
Sidney Jones 40 2/3 17 81.3
Quandre Diggs 40 1/1 5 87.5
Ryan Neal 38 1/2 15 75.0
Ugo Amadi 31 3/4 47 113.5
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