January 18th, 2011
by bearsbacker

You can say the Bears got a lucky break in the divisional round by playing the Seattle Seahawks, but that’s who the league sent to Soldier Field and the Bears played them yesterday.

They had a 28-0 lead at halftime. Had TE Greg Olsen go off for 3 catches, 113 yards and one touchdown. They had QB Jay Cutler throw for two touchdowns and run for two touchdowns. They had Matt Forte and Chester Taylor combined for 144 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries.

The Bears bullied the Seahawks all day. It wasn’t till the second half until the Bears stopped playing. At that point in the game, they had it won basically and had their minds on next week’s match-up against Green Bay.

That worries me a little considering the type of effort they put on display in that second half. CB Tim Jennings could have had a fumble return for a touchdown on a Hasselbeck backward pass, but he couldn’t control the ball.

Matt Forte threw a pass out of the wildcat and fooled no one on the Seahawks defense and threw an interception. Charles Tillman covered Mike Williams tough all day and then the Bears coaches decided to put Danieal Manning on Williams at the goal line.

The coaches made some dumb decisions in that second half that could cost them against Green Bay next Sunday. I don’t expect the Bears to run plays like that unless the game is 45-0 at half, but I don’t expect the game to be high scoring.

The Bears showed on defense, offense and special teams why they are in the playoffs. The Bears won the time of possession by 15 minutes. They had 437 total yards of offense compared to Seattle’s 276 yards. The Bears converted 10-18 third downs, they will need to convert a better percentage against the Packers.

The Bears match-up well with the Packers in every area of the game. The Bears will have the home field advantage, the crowd in the game, and momentum on defense from the big divisional victory of Seattle.

Seattle was a hot team coming off a surprise win over the Saints in the wild card, but the Bears showed once again why they are a good football team.

The Packers-Bears at Soldier Field for the chance at the Super Bowl doesn’t get much better than that. The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was 1941, seven days after Pearl Harbor.

Get ready for a great game, I would love to see a low scoring game with great defense.

Bear Down!

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