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Seahawks' Richard Sherman returns punt 64 yards in trick play against Bears

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That was, amazingly, as close as the Bears got to scoring Sunday. Their conservative first-half strategy resulted in 15 Matt Forte carries for 64 yards and only five completions - on nine attempts, for 22 yards - for the Notre Dame alum. The Bears had two delay of game penalties, one false start and one offensive holding penalty.

Pernell McPhee was extremely active getting into Seattle's backfield, notching two sacks and four QB hits.

The offense followed suit in the third quarter, turning the game into the blowout it was expected to be in Seattle's home opener even after Marshawn Lynch sat out the second half because of a hamstring injury.

The Bears started a backup quarterback and hoped their struggling defense would improve upon their league-worst reputation.

Lockett returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown in Week 1, and on Sunday, he recorded his first kickoff return for a touchdown.

Lockett has been relatively quiet on offense through the first three weeks, but the rookie has been a game-changer on special teams.

If this fake punt looks familiar, it should, especially to the Seahawks.

Seattle's Richard Sherman, playing upfield near the Seahawks' sideline, then ran back and caught the punt.

With the game scoreless with 7:03 left in the first quarter, Seattle returner Tyler Lockett lined up to take a kick from Chicago punter Patrick O'Donnell.

The return was reminiscent of the one the St. Louis Rams used against the Seahawks in Week 7 of the 2014 season, which was returned by Stedman Bailey for a 90-yard touchdown in the Rams' 28-26 win. The Bears challenged via replay. Seattle's only score in that time was set up by Sherman's 64-yard punt return.

 

What could've been: The Bears thought they caught a huge break in the second quarter when a short, but high O'Donnell punt changed directions as it bounced near the sideline before Sherrick McManis scooped it up.

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