And NOW we can say it out loud:
Bears, Packers for a trip to the Super Bowl.
With their 35-24 win over Seattle at Soldier Field today, the Bears season of fortuitous bounces will climax with what else – a home against their arch rivals for the chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy.
Unless you’re in your 70s, you’ve never seen a Bears-Packers game in the postseason. And next Sunday in Chicago, we’ll all witness the most important matchup in the 181-game history.
But the Bears would’ve missed the party if they didn’t dispose of some pesky birds from Seattle who were playing with house money. The now 8-10 underdog Seahawks fell behind 28-0 and 35-10. They managed two late touchdowns to make the final score respectable.
Playoff virgin Jay Cutler silenced his critics…for at least a week. He completed 15 of 28 for 274 yards and two TDs to two of his tight ends – a 58-yarder to Greg Olsen (who finished with 113 receiving yards) on the 3rd offensive snap; and a 39-yard toss to backup-to-the-backup tight end, Kellen Davis, that put an exclamation point on the win. Cutler also rushed for two short TDs.
Cutler’s performance overshadowed the play of his offensive line. Frank Omiyale, Chris Williams, Olin Kreutz, Roberto Garza and J’Marcus Webb gave Cutler more time to throw than he enjoyed in his first game vs. Seattle when he was sacked 6 times.
The Bears defense dominated Seattle for three quarters without recording a turnover or forcing sacks. But they got off the field when they needed to, holding the Seahawks to only 3 of 14 third-down conversions.
It’s fitting that a once-in-a-decades season of good fortune will end on the same field that it began…when Lions WR Calvin Johnson’s last-second touchdown catch that wasn’t a touchdown gave the Bears the victory they would later need to win their division by one game over the Packers.
Now, the road to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas goes through Chicago. Make sure you take time out to stop and savor today’s win over Seattle, this memorable season and the Bears’ being on the brink of their 2nd Super Bowl in four years.
When you’re done, proceed with smack-talking any cheesehead within earshot.
“Bear Down, Chicago Bears!”
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