The Seahawks stunned everyone when they beat the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints last week. The Seahawks couldn’t do anything in the first three quarters against the stringent Bear’s defense led by Brian Urlacher. The Bears didn’t allow any points until the fourth quarter and that is impressive since last week the Saints couldn’t stop Seattle starting in the first quarter. The Bears watched the film and saw that the only way to beat the Seahawks was to stop the run. If they couldn’t stop the Seahawks run then they it would be a long day. They didn’t allow the Seahawks to run on them, holding them to 34 rushing yards. This is impressive since last week the Saints allowed over 100 yards to Marshawn Lynch. Lynch only had four carries this game. The passing game of the Seahawks didn’t get started until the fourth quarter. Hasselbeck had another good game where he threw for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw the ball 46 times and that is not what the Seahawks wanted to do. They wanted to run to set up the pass but Urlacher and company stopped that idea early in this game. A surprising player on the Seahawks was Brandon Stokley, he had 8 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. This is one of his best career playoff games, but they couldn’t win.
The Bears offense played a tremendous game, and that started with Jay Cutler. Cutler threw for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns. Greg Olsen had three catches for 113 yards a touchdown in the first half, but that was all for the whole game. The Bears were very consistent with their running game and it wasn’t just Forte who ran. Forte led with 80 yards, Chester Taylor had 44 yards, Cutler had 43 yards and 2 touchdowns on his runs, and Earl Bennett had a run for 9 yards. The Bears had 176 net rushing yards and this showed that the Bears had a plan coming in and that was to run the ball effectively with guys other than Forte. The big thing was that Cutler didn’t do anything stupid, like trying to fit passes in a small area. He usually throws at least one pick a game but he didn’t throw any, the only pick thrown was by Matt Forte. The Bears had a great offensive game and the Seahawks had a pitiful defensive game.
The Bears defense is a force to be reckoned with. The Bears have a tough task ahead next week when they play the Packers, but the benefit is that they’re at home. The Bears Charles Tillman will be on Greg Jennings, James Jones, or even Jordy Nelson. This gives Tillman three different players and styles to watch film on. He will have a tough task will all three of these guys because Aaron Rodgers throws to the open guy. He doesn’t care if some rookie from a division three school was out there, he trusts them enough to throw it to them. The Bears will need to keep Rodgers off of the field since they can score early and often. They scored 48 against the number one seed in the NFC, and they have shown that they can beat the Bears. In Week 17 the Bears had a chance to eliminate the Packers by winning, but they lost 10-7. These two teams have scored a lot of points this week and this may be a shootout instead of the defensive battle that could happen if you look at the defensive rankings.
The Seahawks were the first team to ever be under 500 and make the playoffs. They won a game, but this was a game that they knew they could win. This was something that could have done if they played four quarters. They scored 24 points in the fourth quarter alone, so if they played a little better in the other quarters then they have a chance to win. The Seahawks are only going to get better so don’t be surprised if they win their division next year.