A week after San Francisco's Frank Gore rambled for 207 yards against Seattle, the Bears hoped to get their own ground game sorted out against the Seahawks.
That didn't happen, but they still managed to get just enough out of Matt Forte and the running game to keep the offense balanced.
Forte, who left Qwest Field with a wrap on his right knee, was examined in the first quarter after taking a hit and came back to finish with 66 yards on 21 attempts (3.1 per carry). The Bears didn't get a first down rushing until 10 minutes left in the game.
Still, the Seahawks frequently had eight men in the box, and that created one-on-one matchups on the outside that quarterback Jay Cutler used to his advantage.
''I think the running game was effective to where we had to have it,'' said Forte, who now has 150 yards on 59 carries this season with no touchdowns. ''Sometimes they brought the safety down, and that made it a little tough. We were this close to breaking some long runs. Some of them I've got to pick my feet up, and I tripped. Things like that happened.''
Forte said his knee was ''dinged up'' and he just had it taped to return.