Bears-Seahawks History

I always found it interesting that when the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were added to the NFL in 1976, some notable things took place those first two years. Seattle initially joined the NFC West and Tampa Bay’s inaugural season had them slotted in the AFC West. The teams switched conferences the following season with Tampa moving to the NFC Central and Seattle to the AFC West until re-alignment in 2002. This was done so both teams would play each team in the NFL in their first two seasons.

The Bears crushed Seattle 34-7 in their first meeting in 1976, then lost to the upstart team in 1978, Neill Anderson and Buddy Ryan’s first season in Chicago. The Bears would not beat Seattle again until 1990, when the Bears shut them out 17-0 in a defensive resurgence after a poor 1989 season.

The Bears would not meet the Seahawks again until 1999, as the old NFL scheduling formula had teams only playing four members of that year’s opposing conference division rather than five. Thus the Bears did not play Seattle in 1993 or 1996 when they met teams of the AFC West. This meant the Bears only played in Seattle’s defunct Kingdome three times, the last being the 1984 loss in which Walter Payton threw a touchdown pass to Matt Suhey and Bob Avellini sealed his fate as a former Bears quarterback.

In 1999 at Soldier Field, Chicago lost 14-13 in the season’s second game, no thanks to two missed field goal attempts by rookie kicker Brian Gowins.

Following the 2002 relocation of Seattle to the NFC West, the Matt Hasselbeck vs. the Bears era began. The 1-5 Bears lost at Seattle in 2003, but then beat the Seahawks twice in 2006, including a last-second playoff win. The Bears dominated Seattle in a 2010 NFC Divisional playoff game, but have actually lost three of the last five matchups. But the Bears have won four of the last seven, including playoffs.

In 2011, the Bears were smashed by the Seahawks 38-14, this being with Caleb Hanie at quarterback. I’m feeling much better about this matchup with Jay Cutler in the Bears’ lineup.

7 Responses to “Bears-Seahawks History”

  1. I often see highlights of the 1987 Bears/Seahawks game when people try to make the case that Brian Bosworth wasn’t as bad as people remember.

  2. This is a critical game for the Bears. If the Bears lose, a coworker and I ran some scenarios where the Green Bay / Seahawks TD controversy earlier this year could come back to haunt Chicago for a wild card spot.

  3. Very interesting on both counts, Rob. I forgot to mention the 1987 game was Walter Payton’s last at Soldier Field. I remember him throwing his 2 touchdown balls into the crowd.

  4. and the Gould FG in 2006, first playoff win in 12 years.

  5. We’re 1 play away from 9-3, and even after that get a huge OT opportunity, and lose. Just can’t lose that game.

    Now a potential 9-3 could easily turn in into maybe 9-6 @ Lions, with a wild card spot on the line. I am sure others are going to climb out of the woodwork here to contrast my pessimism, but this loss could easily cost us the playoffs.

    We can easily lose next week, then lose @home vs. Packers, and then we are 8-6 going into AZ. If Bennett catches an easy throw, we’re up 14-0 with probably no worries. Very discouraging and bad loss.

  6. I came out of the woodwork to agree with you Grabber. This Bears team probably does not deserve the playoffs though. Cutler-to-Marshall is amazing. Without those two, they might have only 2 or 3 wins to date. This is a below average team with an incredibly soft schedule.

  7. Games turn on a single play, and this game turned on two: Lovie rarely gambles, yet did after 3rd and a yard went to 4th an a yard, and bush couldn’t pick it up. And Bennett dropped that ball on a sure TD. either of those are converted, we win. Again, a terrible loss.

    I said a few weeks ago I was concerned we would go 9-7 and miss the playoffs altogether, looking ahead at the rest of the schedule, that really now looks like a strong sad reality.

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