In a game that was never as close as the 35-24 score would indicate, the Chicago Bears manhandled the upstart Seattle Seahawks to advance to the NFC Championship.
The Bears played up to their potential and beyond in every phase of the game today. Questions about Jay Cutler's ability to lead this team in the playoffs seem to have been answered, with the young QB notching 4 TDs (2 passing, 2 rushing). The defense stepped up, keeping the Seahawks from finding any sort of rhythm. Corey Graham made two spectacular special teams plays to pin Seattle within the five yard line, one of them at the goal line itself.
The Green Bay Packers come to Soldier Field next Sunday for the first post-season match-up between the two teams since 1941.
|New York Jets||Green Bay Packers|
|6:30p ET CBS||AFC Champion||vs||NFC Champion||3:00p ET FOX|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Chicago Bears|
2 seeds and 6 seeds. There's your NFC Conference Championships. The Jets brought their B+ game against a decidedly lackluster looking Patriots team.
We'll be bringing you nothing but the best coverage we have for you this week, as we lead up to THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME EVER. (Well, at least 'til the next one.) Til then, reflect on some stats from the thorough whipping that the Bears gave the Seahawks.
Jay Cutler - 15/28, 274 Yards Passing, 2TD, 8 attempts, 43 yards rushing, 2TD
Matt Hasselbeck 26/46, 3TD
Matt Forte 0/1, INT
Matt Forte 25 attempts, 80 yards
Chester Taylor 11 Attempts, 44 yards, TD
The Seahawks: 12 attempts, 34 yards.
Greg Olsen 3 rec, 113 yards, TD
Matt Forte 3 rec, 54 yards
Johnny Knox 4 rec, 48 yards
Kellen Davis 2 rec, 42 yards
Brandon Stokley 8 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
Mike Williams, 4 rec 15 yards, 2 TD
Tommie Harris - 2 sacks. Yes, I typed that correctly.
The Seahawks got 3 sacks.
Overall, it was a damn impressive game by the Bears. There were still some what the? moments, including the near goalline pick on a strange looking play by Cutler, or the Forte attempt that seemed to be solely about getting a look on film. If the Bears can play at that level next weekend, there's no reason to think they'll lose to the Packers.