Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears gave a stunning and exhilarating performance Sunday in the Divisional Playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. After becoming the first team to win a division with a losing record, and beating the defending Super Bowl champs, many expected at least a mediocre performance from Seattle. However, Chicago refused to give the Hawks even an inch. With a careful QB and a stout defense, the Bears took the lead in the first and never looked back. While Seattle packs for home with heads hung low, Chicago will go on to face the Green Bay Packers for the 182nd time. Oddly enough, that game will mark the first time that the rivals have met for the NFC title. Sunday’s game came to a close at 35-24 after regulation time. Odds.
It looks as if the first round bye did Chicago some good. The win was built on a steady foundation of Jay Cutler, who went 15 of 28 for 274 yards, four touchdowns and three sacks. The nimble QB made outstanding use of his feet, and became only the second QB in history to two have two touchdowns rushing and two passing in a playoff game. He teamed up with Greg Olsen for a 58-yard TD pass in the first, and Kellen Davis on a 39-yard play in the fourth. Between those plays, Cutler ran for 6 and 9-yard touchdowns as well to finish with a career-best 43 yards rushing. Scores.
Chester Taylor helped Cutler out in his first postseason game with a 1-yard run for a score in the first, and the defense was lead by Julius Peppers [four solo tackles]. The D contained a Hawks offense that managed 41 points against New Orleans last week. When all was said and done, the Bears had sealed their path to this year’s NFC Championship. Las Vegas odds.
Seattle did not look like the team that beat the Saints last week. Receivers continuously dropped the ball, the defense provided no pressure, and the run game was nowhere to be seen. Although QB Matt Hasselbeck came through with 26 of 46 for 258 yards, the loss of John Carlson and Marcus Trufant cut the teams already slim chances down. For the latest lines, scores and betting information on the Net, look no further than www.scoresandodds.com.
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