Capitalizing on a season of fortunate bounces, the Bears received another favor from their arch enemy.
With the Packers victory over the Eagles in Philly on Sunday, the Bears earned the right to host a sub-.500 team in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks will make a return trip to Soldier Field for a Sunday battle at high noon. Their earlier visit to Chicago back in October went well, as they escaped with a 23-20 win.
The ‘hawks sacked Jay Cutler 6 times, frustrated him into completing only 17 of 39 passes and rushed for over 100 yards to complement an efficient day from Matt Hasselbeck. Also helping Seattle was the fact the Bears totally abandoned their ground game, running only 14 times on the day.
Three months later, the teams are drastically different. Seattle became the first team to secure a playoff spot with a losing record (7-9). They pulled one of the biggest upsets in playoff history on Saturday when they beat the defending champion Saints 41-36 in Seattle.
After their midseason loss to the Seahawks, the Bears went on to win 7 of their last 10 games. Lovie’s crew has opened as an early 10-point favorite. But they need to look no further than Seattle’s last game to know when it comes to the playoffs, you can’t take any team lightly. Especially one that can play like it has absolutely nothing to lose.
Of course, the Bears and Seahawks already have a playoff history. It was 4 years ago that a Robbie Gould field goal in overtime helped the Bears escape a Seahawk upset. Like that matchup, a win would put the Bears one game away from the Super Bowl.
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