No one will mistake the Bears and Seahawks game Sunday for the Super Bowl, but there is one noticeable similarity.
To start the second half, Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks were returning the kick. A few seconds later they had a touchdown on the board after Tyler Lockett returned the kick for a touchdown.
Tyler Lockett 105-yard return to start the second half #housed pic.twitter.com/bhsqg8C3j6 — Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 27, 2015
That storyline may sound familiar. It’s exactly what happened when Carroll and the Seahawks faced off against the Broncos and then head coach John Fox in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Lockett’s return wasn’t quite as important as Percy Harvin’s Super Bowl return, but it was a game-changer Sunday. The Bears fell behind two scores with an offense that has shown little ability to move the ball.
The Bears knew they needed to be ready for Lockett. He had already returned a punt for a touchdown earlier in the season. They also were so focused on Lockett’s return ability it nearly cost them a touchdown on a trick play during a punt.
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Despite trailing by only a field goal for nearly the entire first half, the Bears fell behind 20-0 midway through the third quarter.