In last weekend’s Wild Card win over the Saints, the Seahawks achieved an important first. They became the first team with a losing record to win a playoff game. Seahawks quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck threw for a team record 4 touchdowns. Running back Marshawn Lynch’s earth shaking 67-yard touchdown run capped the victory for Seattle.
For the season, Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, and Brian Urlacher combined for 20 sacks. In the regular season matchup back in Week 6, no Bears were able to sack Hasselbeck. Meanwhile, in that same game, the Seahawks were able to sack Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 6 times, including one that resulted in a safety. The Bears offense were unable to move the football consistently in that game by going 0-12 on third down consistently.
Jay Cutler is playing in his first post-season game be it at the college level or the NFL level. This is why the Bears traded for Cutler: to give them a decent quarterback in order to win games like this. Is today the day that Cutler achieves a first in his career?
It appears that the Seahawks are modeling their playoff run similar to the Cardinals back in the 2008 playoffs. Also, this is the Bears first playoff game since the 2006 playoffs when they faced… Seattle.
Even though the game is in Chicago and everything appears to favor the Bears… I am picking Seattle in an upset.
THE PICK: Seattle 31, Chicago 17