The Bears offense put any questions about their playoff inexperience aside while the defense reminded everyone that they are for real as the Bears dominated the first half of their Divisional round playoff matchup with the Seattle Seahawks to a 21-0 halftime lead.
After holding the Seahawks to a 3-and0-out on their first possession, it only took Jay Cutler and the Bears about 3 plays to get on the scoreboard with a 58-yard bomb from Cutler to Greg Olsen. The Bears have maintained a good balance on offense, calling 16 pass plays and 17 running plays mostly for Matt Forte and Chester Taylor. Chester Taylor and Jay Cutler accounted to for the other touchdowns, both short yardage runs.
The Bears’ first half offensive MVP goes to Greg Olsen, who amassed 113 yards on 3 catches and the 58-yard Cutler TD bomb. Nice to see Olsen get into the mix in a big way.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears continued to dominate. The Seahawks were forced to punt on all of their first half possessions, limiting Seattle to just over 100 yards of total offense.
Things to look for from the Bears in the second half:
- Late in the first half, the offense seemed to stagnate a bit and fall into some bad habits. They need to stay sharp.
- The defense has zero takeaways. That needs to be fixed.
- The Bears have only one sack of Matt Hasselbeck. They need to get more pressure on him.
- Keep everyone healthy.