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December 2, 2012

NFL: Bears shaking heads after OT loss

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears were left questioning themselves after Sunday’s loss.

Defensive end Israel Idonije bemoaned the plays the defense did not make.

Coach Lovie Smith second-guessed his own decision-making, and the injury list got a few new additions, including linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings.

It all added up to this — a gut-wrenching loss to Seattle.

Russell Wilson threw for two late touchdowns, connecting with Sidney Rice on a 13-yard score with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“You’ve just got to make the play,” Idonije said. “Whatever it may be. If they’re handing it off or booting or whatever, we’ve got to find a way to make those plays to end the drive.”

Meanwhile, Smith was fuming after this loss, the third in four games for Chicago (8-4).

“That hasn’t happened to us very often around here,” Smith said. “Terrible job I did getting our football team ready. I thought we were ready to go. Some decisions I made really hurt us early on.”

He was particularly upset at himself for going for it on fourth-and-1 at the 15 early in the second quarter rather than have Robbie Gould attempt a field goal with Chicago up 7-0. Yet, he also said he’d do it again.

Either way, the Bears are tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead after the Packers beat    Minnesota.    And  the   Se-

gave their playoff hopes a boost.

Unbeaten in five home games, they finally figured a way to win on the road after dropping five of their first six.

A 97-yard touchdown drive late in regulation gave the Seahawks a brief lead, and they finally won it on Rice’s catch after Gould sent it into overtime with a field goal.

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