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On the record: Bears praise Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn't look like a rookie at all against the Bears.

Wilson completed 23 of 37 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Running the read option, Wilson also beat the Bears with his legs, gaining 71 yards on nine carries.

Wilson's poise also was exceptional. He orchestrated a 97-yard drive in the final minutes to give the Seahawks a 17-14 lead and then led them on an 80-yard game-winning drive in overtime. On those final two drives, Wilson had five runs for 47 yards and completed 9 of 12 passes for 118 and two touchdowns.

Afterward, the Bears had only great things to say about the young emerging star from the University of Wisconsin:

WR Brandon Marshall: "He's a leader. He's a born leader. I listened to the guy talk. I watch how he conducts himself, how he handles himself. That's a guy I can watch and learn from. Even as a rookie, a young guy, Russell Wilson is a guy that is going to be special. He is special already. He did a great job today and he stayed in it, drove them down the field and got the job done."

QB Jay Cutler: "He is a good quarterback. They do a good job with him. They started doing that read option, and they were doing some delays off of it and giving him the corner. They ran the ball well with Marshawn Lynch - he is a tough running back. They did a good job."

NB Kelvin Hayden: "He was able to get out (of) the pocket and buy some time. Anytime the quarterback gets out of the pocket, coverage breaks down, and he made the plays. You have to remember, this guy is a rookie. So, hats off to him. He's making the plays. They made plays, and we didn't."

DE Julius Peppers: "It was tough. He presented a challenge with his feet. He's a good young player. He made some plays with his legs today. We were prepared for it. But he did a pretty good job today."

Coach Lovie Smith: "Russell Wilson, you have to give him a lot of credit. He played well. He had a great game. A lot of the success that they had was kind of based on what he did. On those last two drives for us, they just kept the ball moving. It was passing there for a while, running the football. We talked about tackling. Games like that, again, we didn't do a lot right and just didn't make some plays we needed to in that situation."

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