Maybe Jackson was supposed to get the ball out immediately, or maybe he should have thrown it away, I don’t know. All I know is that Julius Peppers beat left tackle Paul McQuinstan around the corner, chopped the ball out of Jackson’s hand and tied the score.
2. Sherman’s penalty: After Hanie started getting his rhythm in the second quarter, he tried to hit the deep ball down the middle to his tight end Kellen Davis. Seattle safety Kam Chancellor tipped the ball into the air. It came down into safety Earl Thomas’ hands for the interception (one of four thrown on the day by Chicago). Thomas was in his own end zone but decided to bring it out. He made it down to the 20 but cornerback Richard Sherman was flagged for an illegal block, pulling the ball back to the 1-yard line.
That's not the kind of hole Seattle's offense needed to find itself in at that point in the game. Sherman should have done a better job on his block.
3. Johnny Knox: On Hanie’s first completion of the game in the first quarter, Bears WR Johnny Knox had the ball knocked out of his grasp by Chancellor. Thomas eventually recovered the fumble for Seattle, but as Knox tried to get the ball back, he was bent into a backwards U with a hit by defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.
After an extended injury timeout, Knox was carted off the field but was moving his fingers and toes, thankfully. It was an ugly collision and unintentional. Hopefully, he will be up and moving very soon.
Five wins in a row, leveling the season at 7 wins with 7 losses, has a lot of Seahawks fans talking playoffs. It’s a long way from the Suck for Luck campaign that started the season.
I’m not so worried about the playoffs yet though. Seattle has a visiting 49ers team to deal with on Christmas Eve first before I start figuring out all the possible scenarios that have to happen for the Seahawks to return to the playoffs.
Besides, if I start thinking about it now, I’ll start getting more pissed off about losing to Cleveland and Washington, two winnable games Seattle let get away.
Photo Credits: Charles Rex Arbogast (AP Photo), and Nam Y. Huh (AP Photo)