SEATTLE—Seneca Wallace could remember only his mistakes on Sunday: not connecting with open tight end John Carlson down the middle on numerous occasions, his careless interception deep after escaping his own end zone, and the fourth-down pass that fell to the turf, ending Seattle's hopes.
Filling in for starter Matt Hasselbeck, who has a cracked rib, Wallace faced a never-ending surge from Chicago's defense. He handled most of the pressure well but was left to lament leading Seattle to the end zone only once in the Seahawks' 25-19 loss to the Bears.
"We just didn't finish, and I take a lot of responsibility in that as a quarterback," Wallace said. "We should have finished a lot of drives, and we could have got some field goals. We missed some, but it's our job, my job, on the offensive side of the ball to put the ball in the end zone."
After a solid first half where Wallace was able to get off throws without too much pressure, the Bears ramped up their blitzing schemes in the second half.
It worked midway through the third quarter when Seattle was backed up to its own 6-yard line. Wallace was scrambling from trouble in the end zone when he tried to force a throw and Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs made a diving interception. That led to a field goal by Robbie Gould that gave Chicago a 17-13 lead.
Wallace rebounded, leading Seattle to a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, but he was asked to lead Seattle 80 yards in the final 1:52 with Seattle trailing by six.
Wallace was 5 of 9 on the final drive, but no throw went for more than nine yards. His final toss - a touch pass to Julius Jones on fourth-and-2 at the Chicago 29 - bounced off Jones' fingers and hit the turf.
"They're the Bears. They're going to try and cause a lot of ruckus, and try and get you to make mistakes," Wallace said. "I left too many plays on the field. I say 'me' because there were a lot of opportunities out there where I could have got the ball into receivers' hands."