CHICAGO | Russell Wilson had 71 yards rushing and a 7.9 yards per carry average. If he were on the Bears, he would've been their leading ballcarrier Sunday.
But he's a quarterback, likely the future of Seattle Seahawks football if his game continues to flourish.
"He is a good quarterback. They do a good job with him," said Bears' QB Jay Cutler. "They started doing that read option and they were doing some delays off it and giving him the corner.
"And they ran the ball well with Marshawn Lynch, a very tough running back."
Tie it all together, wrapping paper optional, and you had the Seahawks prevailing 23-17 in overtime -- their 10th game this season decided by 10 points or less.
Wilson threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns and Lynch ran for 87 and a TD.
"That Russell Wilson ... a lot of the success they had was based on what he did," Bears coach Lovie Smith noted.
Afterward, a disappointed Bears' locker room cleared out faster than a fire drill, which didn't surprise Cutler.
"These games are getting more important as you get down the line," Cutler said. "In December, every game counts. You're trying to make a good push and get into the playoffs.
"Offensively, we need to do a better job. We shouldn't have been in that (OT) position. The O-line played OK. They could still anchor a little better. But they are giving me time to throw."
Seattle won for only the second time in seven road games.
"We've been struggling on the road. This could've happened four times already this year," coach Pete Carroll said. "And now everybody knows that it can."
As for the young Wilson: "That kid playing quarterback is an amazing kid. I love the way he pulled this off today," Carroll said.
"I was having a blast out there," Wilson said. "I played here once before for Wisconsin but to come here as a Seahawk and get a win ... wow!
"I've been watching the Bears and their defenses for 10-15 years, so it was a great win and we needed it."