CHICAGO — His team desperate for a road win, Russell Wilson had a message before overtime.
This is it, this is the season.
If the Seahawks didn't save it, they sure gave their playoff hopes a boost.
Wilson threw two late touchdowns, connecting with Sidney Rice for a 13-yard score with 7:33 left in overtime to lift the Seahawks to a wild 23-17 victory over the Bears on Sunday.
"He's just so beautifully poised and so confident that it gives himself a chance to play at this level," coach Pete Carroll said of Wilson.
Unbeaten in five home games, Seattle finally won its second road game in six tries and knocked off the NFC North leader.
"I just told the guys, 'This is what the season comes down to, right here and right now,'" Wilson said.
A 97-yard touchdown drive late in regulation gave the Seahawks a lead that didn't last, and they won it on Rice's catch after Chicago's Robbie Gould sent it into overtime with a field goal.
Seattle leads the NFC wild-card chase and, despite its frequent struggles on the road has won three in a row in the regular season at Soldier Field.
Seattle led late in regulation on rookie Wilson's 14-yard pass to Golden Tate, only to watch Gould boot a 46-yard field goal as time expired.
The Seahawks won the coin toss and started with the ball on their 20. They ended this one with one final flourish.
Rice hauled in a pass from Wilson and took a shoulder-to-helmet hit from Major Wright that jarred the ball loose and appeared to knock the receiver unconscious as he lunged into the end zone. Rice stayed down for several minutes but eventually walked off, and he insisted afterward he was alert the whole time.
"(Medical personnel) rushed out on the field because I had a couple of concussions before, so they just wanted to make sure everything was fine," he said.
The touchdown was upheld after a review.
Bears coach Lovie Smith clearly was furious.
"Terrible job I did getting our football team ready," he said. "I thought we were ready to go. Some decisions I made really hurt us early on."
He was particularly upset at himself for going for it on fourth and 1 at the 15 early in the second quarter rather than have Gould try a field goal with Chicago up 7-0.