After pulling off an upset that nobody expected, the Seattle Seahawks will get another chance to take a step towards respectability and to keep their playoff hopes alive. Standing in their way this week is another of the NFL's surprise teams, the Chicago Bears.â†µ
Kickoff for this one is scheduled for noon Central time, and you'll be able to watch all of the action on Fox.
The Seahawks were a massive underdog last weekend against the New Orleans Saints, but the 12th Man at Qwest Field and an amazing performance by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (who had four touchdown passes on the day) gave the first sub-.500 team in NFL playoff history a 41-36 victory over the (no longer) defending World Champs. The game was sealed by a 67-yard, Tecmo Bowl-esque touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch.â†µ
The Bears, as the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs, took last weekend off to rest and prepare for Sunday's match-up.â†µ
This game, as all the games in this divisional round of the playoffs have been, is a regular season rematch. Back in Week 6 of this year, the Seahawks actually beat the Bears pretty good, sacking Jay Cutler six times in a 23-20 victory (with a late Devin Hester kick return making the final score look closer than it actually was). Jay Cutler threw for 290 yards in defeat, but only completed 17 of 39 passes. That win lifted the Seahawks' record at the time to 3-2. . .they went 4-7 the rest of the way, but it was still good enough to get them to the post-season.â†µ
One of these teams will be hosting the NFC Championship Game next week, as they'll host the Green Bay Packers for the right to go to the Super Bowl in Dallas. Both of these teams are higher seeds than Green Bay, so whichever one of them wins will be the home team next Sunday.â†µ