With an evening and morning to digest the 23-17 overtime loss, Bears coach Lovie Smith still isn't sure why the defense struggled to contain Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
"I wish I knew. If I knew that, believe me, we would have done everything we possibly could to contain him," Smith said. "We contain most guys but sometimes it happens like that.
Wilson kept the Bears defense off balance with his mobility and accuracy. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as well as nine runs for 71 yards. On the final two touchdown series, Wilson was nine of 12 for 118 yards with two touchdowns, and he also ran the ball five times for 47 yards.
The Bears did win the turnover battle, but they only got one, which occurred on the opening series when Brian Urlacher stripped Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Kelvin Hayden recovered the ball.
"Defensive side of the ball, starting the game off with a takeaway - the only takeaway which isn't good," Smith said. "We go into every game hoping to get at least three. We feel like we need to get three, and we didn't."
But there were other problems, including 3rd downs (Seahawks converted 53 percent) and stopping the run (176 rushing yards allowed).
"We had an opportunity throughout the game. Haven't played many defensive games like that at Soldier Field and we won't play hopefully any more," Smith said.
Asked if the ends were conscious of keeping Wilson contained in the pocket, Smith said, "Yeah, like they've been just about every game this year?
"Yea, that same approach. Ends, rest of our guys keeping him contained. We didn't do that yesterday."
Wilson was sacked twice, and he was only pressured two other instances, according to the game statistics.
"I thought we had good pressure last week," Smith said, referring to the 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. "We didn't this week. So everything you're going to ask me about yesterday's game, yeah, you're right - pass rush wasn't there, we didn't contain the quarterback the way we needed to, we didn't get off the field on third downs, take the ball away as much as we needed to. Those things, you're right. Yesterday."
So did anybody play well on defense?
"No. Can't even point anybody out and I don't think you can go to many of the guys," he said. "Just about every good defensive game we've played around here, we've all had something to do with that player-wise. And yesterday we all had something to do with that performance that we're not proud of."