CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 16: Tight end Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a third quarter touchdown by Jay Cutler #6 with head coach Lovie Smith against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Seattle Exits The Playoffs With 35-24 Loss To Chicago

The Seattle Seahawks' playoff run came to an end in Chicago with a 35-24 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

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John Carlson, Marcus Trufant Heading Back To Seattle

After staying in Chicago overnight for observation, John Carlson and Marcus Trufant are headed back to Seattle. The two both suffered “serious concussions” in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. As a precaution, Trufant and Carlson were kept overnight in a hospital to make sure there were no complications from their injuries.

Carlson was injured on the Seahawks second possession, going airborne near the sideline and getting flipped upside-down before he hit the ground. Unable to brace himself, he hit the frozen sideline — not lined with heat coils like the rest of the field — helmet-first, staying down for several minutes before being taken off the field on a backboard.

Trufant went low on tight end Kellen Davis while making a tackle, taking the brunt of the collision on the side of the helmet. From the video, it appeared he was knocked unconscious right away. He, like Carlson, stayed down for several minutes before being placed on a backboard and taken to the hospital.

Thankfully, both Trufant and Carlson are heading back to Seattle and will be fine in the long-term. Their injuries were scary to watch and looked very serious at the time. Again, our thoughts go out to both as they recover.

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Marcus Trufant, John Carlson Recovering From Head Injuries, Will Remain In Chicago Overnight

As a precaution, both Marcus Trufant and John Carlson will remain in Chicago overnight for observation after suffering head injuries during the Seattle Seahawks loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Trufant took a knee to the helmet from tight end Kellen Davis while making a tackle in the second half and stayed on the turf, lying motionless for several minutes. He was immobilized and placed on a backboard before leaving the field on an injury cart.

Carlson was injured just moments into the game, after leaving his feet near the sideline and being upended. He landed headfirst on the frozen turf and also stayed down before being taken off the field on a cart. His head, like Trufant’s, was immobilized as a precaution, though reports indicated it was strictly a head injury, likely a concussion.

Our thoughts go out to both Trufant and Carlson as they recover from two scary injuries. We’ll keep you updated on their conditions, but it looks like neither injury will be serious or affect them in the long-term.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks Score: Seattle Puts Together Late Charge, Falls To Chicago, 35-24

The Seahawks strung together two-straight touchdown drives to come within 11 with under two minutes to go, creating a terrifying few moments for gamblers everywhere. With a spread of 10, the Seahawks came just inches from a backdoor cover while trying to claw back into the game. Instead, the Seahawks couldn’t pull off a miracle, falling in Chicago, 35-24.

Jay Cutler’s final touchdown pass to Kellen Davis proved to be bigger than anyone thought at the time, giving the Bears just enough cushion to hold off Seattle’s late charge. Cutler finished the day with 274 yards and three touchdowns, adding another two scores with his feet. By himself, Cutler gained more yards on the ground the Seahawks, holding a 44-34 edge over the Seattle offense. Greg Olsen led the Chicago receivers, catching three passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half.

Matt Hasselbeck threw for 258 yards and three scores in the loss, with all three touchdowns coming in the fourth quarter. Golden Tate, surprisingly, led the Seahawks on the ground, picking up 13 yards on a reverse. Brandon Stokley caught eight passes for a team-high 85 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams also caught two touchdowns, but finished with just four catches for 15 yards.

The dream is over for the Seahawks, but what a ride it’s been. After a 7-9 regular season and nobody in the world giving them a chance in the playoffs, the Seahawks shocked everyone with a win over the Saints last weekend. A loss to the Bears on Sunday doesn’t tarnish any of it, despite how terrible it may feel at the moment.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Mike Williams Catches A Touchdown, Seattle Still Down Big

It’s a scoring explosion for the Seattle Seahawks, who now trail the Chicago Bears, 28-10. Mike Martz struck again for the Bears after calling for running back Matt Forte to throw out of the wildcat. Forte threw a beautiful ball, hitting Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry right in the numbers. For the second-straight drive, Seattle had excellent field position.

A timely pass interference call on the Bears gave the Seahawks new life after they had stalled in Chicago territory as the Seahawks continued to struggle against a tough Chicago defense. Seattle got it all the way down to the one, but two straight incomplete passes had the Seahawks facing another third and short, this time from the Chicago one. Seattle came up big when Matt Hasselbeck found Mike Williams in the flat for the touchdown.

The Bears still lead the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, though the scoreline is a bit more respectable now. With nine minutes to go, Seattle trails, 28-10.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Seattle Gets On The Board ... With A Field Goal

Down 28-0 nothing, Leon Washington set the Seattle Seahawks up with great field position after a 63-yard kickoff return. Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle offense stalled inside the red zone, however, and head coach Pete Carroll chose to kick a field goal. Olindo Mare was perfect from 30 yards out, finally snapping the shutout.

The decision to kick a field goal was, rightfully, criticized. On fourth and nine, down by four touchdowns, choosing to put three points on the board is an obvious head-scratcher. To even give the team a chance, no matter how much of a long-shot it is, the Seahawks needed a touchdown on the possession. Instead, they settled for a field goal, at least putting some kind of points on the board.

In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks trail the Bears, 28-3.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Jay Cutler Runs For Another Touchdown

For the second time today, Jay Cutler took matters into his own hands, scrambling into the end zone for a touchdown after coverage broke down. Cutler, not typically a threat to run, has killed the Seattle Seahawks with both his legs and his arm, rushing for two touchdowns while throwing for another, giving the Chicago Bears a 28-0 lead in the third quarter. Surprisingly, Cutler has 25 yards on four carries, including those two touchdowns.

Cutler’s scrambled capped a 14-play, 80 yard drive that spanned nearly eight minutes. With the Seattle defense on its heels, Chicago pounded the ball on its scoring drive, keeping it on the ground 10 of 14 plays.

The Seahawks trail the Bears in the third quarter, 28-0.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: Marcus Trufant Goes Down With Apparent Head Injury

Marcus Trufant took a knee to the helmet in the third quarter of Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears suffering an apparent head injury from the impact. Trufant stayed on the ground at Soldier Field after going low on Kellen Davis to make the tackle, lying motionless with his arms outstretched. Trainers rushed onto the field to attend to him, and were seen immobilizing his head and neck while placing him on a backboard. Trufant reportedly has feeling in his extremities and is being taken to the hospital for observation as a precaution.

Trufant is the second Seattle player to leave the game with a head injury in Chicago today. Tight end John Carlson was also immobilized and carted off the field after landing awkwardly on his head in the first quarter. Carlson went airborne on the sideline, coming down straight on his helmet after being unable to brace himself as he landed.

In the third quarter, the Bears lead the Seahawks, 21-0. Our thoughts go out to both Trufant and Carlson as they recover from two very serious injuries.

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NFL Playoffs: Jay Cutler Leads Bears To 21-0 Halftime Lead Over Seahawks

Jay Cutler may not have had a perfect first half, but he’s got the Bears in complete control of Sunday’s NFL playoff game over the Seattle Seahawks. Cutler has thrown for 177 yards and a touchdown while running for another touchdown to give the Bears a 21-0 halftime lead. He’s made mistakes, hitting Seahawks defenders in the hands more than once, but a case of the butter fingers has left the Seattle defense unable to make a game-changing play thus far.

Greg Olsen has been a game-breaker for the Bears, catching three passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. It was Olsen blowing the game open on Chicago’s first possession of the game, streaking through the Seattle defense for 58 yards and a touchdown. On the Bears next two possession, Olsen and Cutler hooked up again, setting up two more touchdowns, one on a Cutler run and another on a Chester Taylor plunge from one yard out.

The Seahawks offense has been stuck in neutral over the first 30 minutes, gaining just 104 yards of total offense and just five first downs. Seattle is just one of eight on third down for the day. Each of the Seahawks’ first seven possessions have ended in a punt.

At the half, it’s Chicago all over the Seahawks, 21-0.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: Greg Olsen Having A Career Day, Jay Cutler In Control

Through just over a quarter of play in Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, tight end Greg Olsen already has three catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. To put it in perspective, Olsen’s production for the whole 2010 regular season was just 404 yards on 40 catches. His yardage in just one game, the most important one of the year for the Bears, is more than a quarter of his year-long production and he’s averaging almost 40 yards per catch.

The Bears have pretty much put this one to bed already, scoring for a third time on their last possession. Jay Cutler found Olsen for 22 yards, hit Johnny Knox for a big third down, then kept it himself inside the Seattle 10 yard line, breaking a tackle and diving into the end zone. The Seattle defense has been unable to find an answer for Cutler and Olsen thus far as the two continue to shred the defense.

With 10 minutes to go in the half, the Bears lead the Seahawks, 21-0.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: Greg Olsen Shredding The Seattle Defense

The Seattle Seahawks are down by two scored again this week, trailing the Bears by 14 early in Chicago. After Greg Olsen caught a 58-yard touchdown on the Bears’ first drive, Cutler found him again, hitting cutler for another 33 yards to set Chicago up deep in Seattle territory. For the day, Olsen already has two catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks had a chance to make a big play at the goal line when Jay Cutler’s errant pass hit Jordan Babineaux square in the hands on second and short. With room to run, Babineaux dropped the pass and the Bears took advantage. Cutler’s quarterback sneak on fourth and one gave the Bears a fresh set of downs and Chester Taylor walked into the end zone untouched two plays later to put Chicago in complete control early.

With the first quarter in the books, the Bears lead the Seahawks, 14-0.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: John Carlson Has Head Injury, Feeling In His Extremities

The Seattle Seahawks training staff was taking the utmost precaution with John Carlson’s injury, opting to remove his facemask and place him on a backboard just in case he had a neck or spinal cord injury. The good news, however, is that his injury is limited to his head, and does not involve damage to his spinal cord or back. With the way he landed, hitting his head on the turf first, it would appear Carlson has a concussion. Thankfully, he has feeling in all his extremities.

Carlson leaves a void at the tight end spot after putting together a strong performance against the New Orleans Saints last weekend. His two touchdown performance against the Saints was a key in the Seahawks win, helping them come back from down 10 early. Cameron Morrah is in for Carlson, and dropped an easy first down catch right off the bat.

The Seahwaks still trail the Bears in the first quarter, 7-0. Other than Cutler’s touchdown throw, there’s been little in the way of offense from both teams thus far, with the defenses stepping up early.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks: John Carlson Injured, Carted Off The Field After Hitting His Head

Just about everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Seattle Seahawks early-on in Chicago. The Chicago Bears struck first just three minutes into the game when Jay Cutler hit Greg Olsen in stride for 58 yards in the score. On the first play of the Seahawks ensuing possession, Matt Hasselbeck found John Carlson for the first down, but it proved to be costly.

Carlson leapt into the air to avoid a tackle, was undercut and landed square on his head. Carlson laid motionless on the turf for several minutes after suffering an apparent head or neck injury. Carlson was immobilized and placed on a backboard before being carted off the field and into the locker room. It appears he’s done for the day, but we’ll keep you updated on his condition.

With Carlson out, the Seahawks are down to Cameron Morrah at the tight end spot. The Seahawks trail the Bears about halfway through the first quarter, 7-0.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Jay Cutler Strikes First

The Chicago Bears are on the board first after Jay Cutler found Greg Olsen on a seam route for 58 yards and the touchdown. After the Seahawks went three-and-out to start the game, aided by Brandon Stokley’s slip on third down, the Bears took over and got to work quickly. Two quick runs and a bomb on third and short gave the Bears a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.

Lawyer Milloy was caught looking into the backfield on third down as Olsen blew by him like he was standing still. To his credit, Cutler made a beautiful throw, hitting Olsen in stride as he waltzed into the end zone. Just like last week, the Seahawks are behind early and will have to dig themselves out of a hole.

The turf at Soldier Field is already on display, with players struggling to find footing in rough conditions. Stokley appeared to have the first down, but slipped as he tried to plant on the Seahawks first drive and couldn’t haul in Matt Hasselbeck’s short pass.

We’re underway in Chicago, with the Bears leading the Seahawks 7-0.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Soldier Field Conditions Deteriorate As Snow Begins To Fall

Between the sub-freezing temperatures and the state of Soldier Field in Chicago, today’s NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears could be a sloppy one. Just minutes prior to the game, the NFL on Fox crew reported Soldier Field was in poor condition, with crews scrambling to replace sod that came loose during warmups. The grounds crew is using green colored sand to fill in the missing patches as players look for the right cleat combination to keep traction.

As we saw during the BCS championship, a shoddy field can be the great equalizer, with a power running game favored over speed on the edges. Sideline reporter Tony Siragusa reported the pass rushers could struggle getting off the ball and finding a foothold as they try to shed blocks during todays game.

With temperatures in the low 20s, calling Soldier Field the frozen tundra this morning. Snow is beginning to fall in Chicago as the teams go through last minute preparations ahead of the game. It’s gonna be a cold and blustery game in the Windy City, but would you expect anything less? Sounds like perfect weather for some playoff football.

We’ll see if it matters, and how the field will hold up, as the Seahawks take on the Bears at 10 a.m. on Fox. Follow all the action throughout the game in our NFL playoff StoryStream.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Lofa Tatupu Active For Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks got some good news on defense this morning when Lofa Tatupu was announced as active ahead of this morning’s NFL playoff game against the Chicago Bears. Tatupu suffered a concussion last weekend against the New Orleans Saints and has been unable to practice with contact all week. He did, however, hit the field on Friday for a light workout and participated in the Seahawks customary walkthrough on Saturday morning in Chicago.

As he always does, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll played Tatupu’s status close to the vest, acting coy and never giving a definitive answer about whether or not he would play on Sunday. Though Carroll expressed optimism Tatupu would be able to pass the mandatory concussion tests, the word on Saturday was that he had not yet been cleared today. That changed on Sunday morning as the Seahawks announced he was good to go and would assume his normal role in the middle of the Seahawks defense.

The Bears and Seahawks kick it off at 10 a.m. on Fox at Soldier Field in Chicago. Follow all the action throughout the game in our StoryStream.

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NFL Playoff Schedule: Seahawks, Bears Kick It Off At 10 A.M. On Fox

It’s just about that time. The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears hit the field in the final NFC playoff game of the weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago. Fans in Seattle are busy crawling out of bed and into bars everywhere, fired up to watch the Seahawks try to pull off another upset after sneaking into the playoffs. It’ll all happen at 10 a.m. on Fox.

We all know what’s at stake by now. A win puts the Seahawks into the NFC championship game and one step away from the Super Bowl. Saturday’s win by the Green Bay Packers also ensures the winner of Sunday’s game will host the NFC championship. A final home game at Qwest Field in front of the 12th man is 60 minutes away, with only a rematch with the Bears standing in the way.

The Bears and Seahawks have done this dance before, with the Seahawks walking away from Soldier Field in week six with a 23-20 win. It was one of only two road wins for the Seahawks all year, with the other coming in Arizona against the Cardinals. Can they do it again despite the long odds?

Tune in to Fox at 10 a.m. to find out. For more on the game, follow our StoryStream for live updates throughout the day.

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Bears Vs. Seahawks Odds: Seattle Assumes A Familiar Underdog Role

If you're going to pick the Seattle Seahawks to lose, you might as well pick them to lose big. In 2010, there was no middle ground for the Seahawks, with the team either winning or losing in spectacular fashion. None of the Seahawks' nine losses came by less than 15 points, which explains, in part, why the odds-makers are setting such high lines for Seattle's NFL playoff games. Last week, the Seahawks were 10-point underdogs. We all saw what happened.

Here's the last set of odds ahead of tomorrow's 10 a.m. start time. Full odds for all the playoff games can be found here.

Opening line: Chicago Bears (-9.5)  vs. Seattle Seahawks
Saturday night: Chicago Bears (-10) vs. Seattle Seahawks

The over/under is 42.5 or 43, depending on where you look. Last week, the Seahawks nearly covered that on their own after shredding a below-average New Orleans defense. With the game in Chicago, in the cold weather, and the Bears possessing a solid defense, it's easy to see why Vegas expects a low-scoring affair.

Can the Seahawks pull another upset as a heavy underdog again this week? We'll find out on Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox as the Seahawks take on the Bears in Chicago.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Everything You Need To Know About Chicago, Seattle Offenses

Primer time! With Sunday’s NFL playoff matchup between the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks fast approaching, it’s time to get to know these two wonderful participants. First up: the offense.

Quarterback: If Matt Hasselbeck vs. Jay Cutler doesn’t get you excited, nothing will. By excited, we mean in a “what’s going to happen next?” sense because with these two anything is possible, and not in a good way. Cutler suffers from the curse of all Bears’ quarterbacks, it seems, and is plagued by inconsistency. Hasselbeck has the same problem, either stringing together a brilliant performance or one that forces Seattle fans to look at Charlie Whitehurst and say “hmmmm, maybe.”

Sunday’s quarterback battle looks like the ultimate derp-off between two worthy contestants. Analysts and expert have been upgrading the Seahawks chances in Chicago this weekend simply because Jay Cutler is at quarterback for the Bears. If the Seahawks can get pressure on him like the last time these two teams played, odds are Cutler will wrap turnovers up and hand them to the Seattle defense like it’s Christmas all over again.

Running Back: One side has Matt Forte, the other has a running back that can cause an earthquake. Forte is nice and all, but he’s not shaking the ground while plowing through the opposing defense.

On a serious note, if Chicago can run the ball, limiting Cutler’s chances to screw the game up, it could be a long day for the Seahawks. Forte broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2010 and can be that workhorse back for the Bears. Seahawks fans should be worried about Forte pounding the ball in the blustery Chicago weather.

Wide Receivers: The Seahawks bring a rag-tag group of misfits to Chicago that have come together like Captain Planet in 2010. The Mike Williams reclamation tour continues to roll, with Ben Obomanu sliding in nicely at the No. 2 slot. The Seahawks’ receivers aren’t going to wow you on paper, but they’ve left teams wondering who the heck it was that just burned them when all was said and done this season.

The Bears also bring a rag-tag group of misfits into the game, giving us a pretty even matchup. Johnny Knox is the star, with Earl Bennett and Devin Hester playing complementary roles. Even Forte gets in on the action out of the backfield.

Tight Ends: The disappearance of John Carlson in 2010 was all part of the plan. Nobody ever expects the quiet guy, and Carlson delivered out of the blue against the New Orleans Saints, just like we all expected. He even showed off his acting skills, falling down and playing dead before popping up to catch a touchdown.

Watch out for Greg Olsen in the red zone. He’s big, he’s physical and he catches touchdowns. His numbers don’t jump out — 404 yards and five touchdowns — but he’s always a threat to have a monster game.

Offensive Lines: You didn’t think we’d live the big boys out, did you? On the Seahawks side, Russell Okung has been outstanding when healthy. Problem is, he’s been working with ankles that roll-over at the slightest touch. He’s healthy now and ready for action, so watch out world.

Tyler Polumbus did nothing to impress this season, but was the first man in the end zone during Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard touchdown run. That’s a 300-plus pound man rumbling 70 yards, getting out in front of Lynch. That has to count for something, right?

The Seahawks and Bears kick if off with a berth in the NFC Championship on the line, Sunday at 10 a.m. Follow our StoryStream for the latest on the game as we look at the matchups and try to figure out if the Seahawks can pull off the improbable once again this weekend.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: 12th Man Gives Hawks A Proper Send-Off

I may be biased, but we have the best fans here in Seattle. The Seahawks hit the road on Friday afternoon, traveling from the VMAC to Seatac Airport, on their way to Chicago for Sunday’s playoff game. After the 12th man put on another fantastic performance last Saturday, the Seahawks go it alone this time around, playing in hostile territory at Soldier Field.

The 12th man, not content to let the Seahawks leave without any fanfare, lined the streets on the route to SeaTac, stopping on overpasses and holding signs with encouragement while cheering the team on. Judging from many of the player’s Twitter accounts, it was an amazing display.

Matt Hasselbeck: Totally humbled by the send-off. You guys are amazing. Thank you! #12 #Seahawks #GetReadyForBeastMode

Pete Carroll: Really cool #12thMan sendoff on the way to the airport… You all are extraordinary! Off we go…. SEA!!

Aaron Curry: There are fans on every overpass, people honking horns, 12 flags everywhere!!!

Mike Williams: #12thMan all over the freeway entrance

Golden Tate: Wow 12th man ….. Y’all r amazing 10 miles down the road I see hundreds of people on a overpass cheering us on! Go hawks

And the list goes on. The players, coaches and support staff were all amazed by the show of support from the 12th man, and the city of Seattle. You can check out some of the pictures from the send-off at the Seahawks Facebook page. Check out that overpass!

Once again, job well done 12th man. The Seahawks truly do have the best fans in all of the NFL, whether at home or on the road.

The Seahawks and Bears kick it off on Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox. Stay tuned to our StoryStream for the latest leading up to Sunday’s huge NFL playoff game.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck, Jay Cutler Battle Inconsistency At Quarterback Spot

When the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears hit the field on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, they’ll do so with quarterbacks that have been the picture of inconsistency. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was stellar against the New Orleans Saints, throwing for 272 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, on a tipped pass. On the other side, Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler has also been hit-and-miss in 2010, throwing for 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. On Sunday, it could just come down to which quarterback is able to avoid the crippling mistakes.

Hasselbeck spent the season much-maligned, going through a stretch of games in which he turned the ball over 10 times, by way of both interceptions and fumbles. Against the Saints, though, he was brilliant, looking like the Hasselbeck of old. He made all the throws, putting beautiful touch on a deep pass to Cameron Morrah that set up a touchdown and hitting Mike Williams in stride, over double-coverage, for a touchdown. With Hasselbeck firing, the Seahawks became a different team, charging back from 10 down to hang on for the win.

In Cutler, the Bears have a quarterback with plenty of potential, though plagued by inconsistency. At times, he’s been brilliant, throwing for 247 yards and four touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles and 277 yards and three interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys. On the other hand, he’s struggled, as well, throwing for 168 yards and two interceptions against the Green Bay Packers in week 17 and 152 yards with two interceptions against the Patriots in week 14. Which Cutler will show up on Sunday? It’s anyone’s guess.

The Bears do have a strong running game, powered by second-year back Matt Forte. His numbers are down, even though he did break the 1,000 yard mark this season, but Forte should see plenty of touches against the Seahawks, a team that struggles against the run. If Cutler can limit his mistakes and the Bears get the running game going, it bodes well for the Bears and their chances to advance.

Hasselbeck has been there, done that with the playoffs, starting 11 games in his career so far. Cutler hasn’t and will be making his playoff debut on Sunday. Does the experience matter? It’s tough to tell, but Hasselbeck shouldn’t be rattled by a road playoff game on Sunday. Which quarterback shows up — the one from last weekend of the one that struggled down the stretch — could mean the difference between another upset and the end of the Seahawks’ playoff run.

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Dave Niehaus' Family Will Raise 12th Man Flag Atop Space Needle

With the Seattle Seahawks heading out to Chicago for the second round of the NFL playoffs, the 12th man flag won't be raised in front of a rowdy Qwest Field crowd. Last week, Walter Jones did the honors, and rightfully so, ahead of the Seahawks playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. This Friday, the 12th man flag will be raised atop the Space Needle, with the honors going to the family of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus.

The news was relayed by Dave Mahler, of KJR, on Twitter.

The family of Dave Niehaus will be raising the 12th man flag on top of the space needle Friday morning..awesome moveless than a minute ago via txt

This is the perfect choice by the Seattle Seahawks. It's a class move by the organization and a nice way to honor Niehaus' legacy in their own way. Bringing the legendary broadcaster's family into the fold and having them raise the 12th man flag is an excellent move for the fans, as well.

It'll all happen on Friday at the Space Needle just before the Seahawks depart for Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field.

For more on this weekend's game, stay tuned to our NFL playoffs StoryStream throughout the week.

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NFL Playoffs, Bears Vs. Seahawks: Seattle Heads To Chicago For Round Two

The Seattle Seahawks are still playing with house money in the NFL playoffs. On Sunday, the Seahawks playoff experience rolls on, this time heading to Chicago for a date with the Bears at Soldier Field.

The Seahawks were never supposed to be here in the first place after finishing the season at 7-9 in the weakest division in football. Yet here they are, in the second round of the playoffs, after an upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints last Saturday. An impressive performance by Matt Hasselbeck, a beastly run by Marshawn Lynch and the earth-shaking power of the 12th man were on the Seahawks side, propelling them past the Saints.

Up next, the Seahawks leave the friendly confines of Qwest Field to face Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears are well-rested, coming off a first round bye, and ready for action in chilly Chicago. Temperatures are expected to be in the high teens and low 20s, quintessential Chicago playoff weather.

For those looking for hope, the Seahawks did beat the Bears in Chicago once this season, walking away with a 23-20 win in wee six. Since then, the Bears have changed their offensive philosophy, opting to go with a more ground-oriented attack instead of having Cutler throw the ball all over the field. With Cutler making his playoff debut on Sunday against the Seahawks, expect to see plenty of Matt Forte and a power rushing attack.

Stay with our StoryStream leading up to Sunday's game as we breakdown the matchups, players to watch and preview what to expect. It all culminates on Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox as the Seahawks and Bears hit the field in Chicago with an NFC Championship Game berth on the line.

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