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Updated Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Down, but not out, Rice told to relax while in the end zone

By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter

CHICAGO — Receiver Sidney Rice might have stayed down after his winning touchdown catch, but he wasn't out.

At least not according to the Seahawks' top receiver, who was on the field on his back for a full minute after scoring on a 13-yard pass in overtime.

"They just made me stay down because I got a little dinged up there for a second," Rice said. "They made me stay down."

Rice attempted to duck under a hit from the Bears' Major Wright, but still took a powerful hit. Rice — who was placed on injured reserve last year after suffering two concussions — was evaluated by the team's doctor after the game to make sure he was OK before he answered questions from reporters.

Rice was asked if he remained aware of what was happening after his 13-yard catch for the winning touchdown.

"Yeah," Rice said. "I had a couple of concussions before so they just wanted to make sure."

Rice finished the game with six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Golden Tate had 96 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Seahawks have yet to have a player hit triple digits in receiving yardage this season.

Officially disagreeing

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was certain Rice had put the ball across the plane of the end zone before fumbling on the final play of the game.

That doesn't mean he was 100 percent sure the ruling of a touchdown would be confirmed when the officials reviewed the replay, though.

"I was only nervous because every call went the other way today," Carroll said. "I was nervous for that for a second."

Chicago fumbled twice in the first half, and each time a Seattle player emerged from the pile with the ball. Each time, the officials ruled the Bears had recovered the ball first and retained possession.

The Seahawks also had a touchdown catch by Braylon Edwards overturned in the final minute of the first half when official Mike Carey ruled the ball hit the ground before Edwards controlled it. Carroll remained on the field for the first minute of halftime, talking to Carey.

"How could you reverse that call when you couldn't see the ball hit the ground?" Carroll said. "Was it on his hands or was it not? How do you — without any question — know what the ball did? ... Mike thought he saw it, and he had a lot better look at it than I did."

Seattle was called for eight penalties in the game, but one of those was a special-teams call in which linebacker Heath Farwell was flagged for a low block on a play in which a Bears player pulled Farwell down by his face mask and tripped over Farwell after he fell.

There was no doubt about the final touchdown, though. Not after Carroll saw the replay.

"There was just no way you could reverse that one," Carroll said.

Code Red

Defensive end Red Bryant was one of three starters the Seahawks considered questionable entering the game, but he started in what Carroll characterized as a surprise.

"Just to make it out, that was just a great challenge for him," Carroll said, "and he pulled it through and toughed it out."

Linebacker Leroy Hill did not play because of an ankle injury while cornerback Marcus Trufant was out as expected because of a hamstring injury.

Walter Thurmond was active for the first time this season, taking Trufant's spot when Seattle used its nickel formations, which call for five defensive backs.

Note

James Carpenter started at left guard ahead of John Moffitt. Carpenter allowed a sack to Julius Peppers on Seattle's second play. Carpenter was bothered by something in his knee — the same one he injured last season — and was replaced by Moffitt on the second possession. Carpenter did not return.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
A team official and teammate Doug Baldwin check in with Sidney Rice on the sideline after the game after Rice took a hard hit in scoring the winning touchdown.




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