Bears Smother Seahawks
We are one step closer to knowing the 2011 Superbowl participants. The Chicago Bears grabbed their ticket to the NFC’s championship game defeating the Seattle Seahawks 35 to 24. The victory means the Bears will host an all NFC North showdown with the surprising Green Bay Packers who are led by a razor sharp Aaron Rodgers.
This game was never really in doubt. Three minuets into the game the Bears put 7 points on the board with Greg Olson catching a 58 yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler. They never looked back as they scored 2 more touchdowns on short runs to stretch the lead to three scores by half time.
The lead increased to 28 – 0 late in the third quarter on a 9 yard run by Cutler, his second touchdown run of the day. The Bears then tried to let Seattle come back. It started with a special teams breakdown that allowed a long kickoff return to the Bears 30. A 10 yard pass from Hasselbeck to Stokley put Seattle in the red zone then Chicago’s defense stiffened forcing the Seahawks to settle for a field goal. On the next possession a direct snap to running back Matt Forte resulted in an interception and great field position for Seattle again who turned that turnover into a touchdown to edge closer at 28 to 10. The Bears finished their scoring same way that they started it, with a touchdown pass from Cutler to a tight end, this time Kellen Davis makes the grab for the score.
Even with 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter the Seahawk offense showed little life. The score doesn’t show what a dominate performance Chicago had all game especially on defense. The Bears have earned the right to play for the NFC Championship. They may well earn a trip to the 2011 Superbowl.