NFL Scores Week 15, Seahawks Vs. Bears: Seattle Rolls Into Playoff Contention, 38-14

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After starting slow, the Seattle Seahawks are suddenly playoff contenders after ripping off five wins in six games and downing the Bears in Week 15.

The Seattle Seahawks were left for dead at the end of October. Now, after a 38-14 decimation of the Chicago Bears, their playoff hopes are very much alive.

Seattle scored the game's final 31 points after trailing 14-7 at the half in Chicago, and forced five turnovers, intercepting both Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown for touchdowns. Tarvaris Jackson threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, and Marshawn Lynch ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

Hanie threw a touchdown pass, but also missed on more than half of his throws and threw for just 111 yards while tossing three picks. Bears runners Kahlil Bell and Marion Barber combined with Hanie to gain 132 yards on the ground, but the Bears trailed 21-14 less than three minutes into the second half, mitigating their attempts to run the ball.

The victory Seattle's fifth in six games, and puts them, at 7-7 and tied with the 7-7 Bears, in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race.

For more on the Seahawks, visit Field Gulls. For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron. SB Nation has you covered for the rest of Week 15's NFL action, too: check out all the Week 15 NFL news and scores and NFL playoff picture as it currently stands, and head to SB Nation's NFL hub any time for plenty more on the league.

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