Though the Seattle Seahawks (8-10) put-up a fight with three fourth quarter touchdowns, the Chicago Bears (12-5) were just too much for the undermanned Seahawks and won with ease, 35-24, over the visiting NFC West “champions.”
Seattle shocked the football world last week with their improbable win over the New Orleans Saints but it was evident from the start that this game team had run out of magic, gas, or both. Chicago raced to 28-0 third quarter lead and never looked back. Jay Cutler was sharp at quarterback, throwing a 58-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen early in the first quarter and finished with 274 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Most importantly, he avoided the big turnover that marked some of their earlier season losses.
Matt Hasselbeck had another strong game for the Seahawks with three touchdowns and 258 yards, but Seattle could get nothing going in the running game with just 34 yards gained against a ferocious Bears defense.
In the end, the Bears rang-up 437 yards of total offense and possessed the ball for 37:10, controlling the game and advancing to the NFC Conference Championship game for the first time since 2006. This time, though, Chicago faces their arch-rival from the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers, the first time that these two teams have met for a chance to go the Super Bowl.
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