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NFL Divisional Playoff: Bears Vs. Seahawks Game Notes

Via press release from the Bears, here are some notes from today’s big 35-24 Bears win over the Seahawks:

CUTLER HAS 111.3 PASSER RATING: Bears QB Jay Cutler completed 15 of 28 passing attempts for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 111.3 passer rating. The 111.3 passer rating is third-highest all-time in the postseason among Bears quarterbacks with at least 20 passing attempts and fifth among Chicago QBs with at least 10 passing attempts.

BEARS HAVE 437 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: The Bears offense had 437 total net yards today, highest for the team during the Super Bowl era. The 176 net yards rushing is third most during that time and the 261 net passing yards is highest.

CUTLER HAS 43 YARDS RUSHING WITH TWO TOUCHDOWNS: QB Jay Cutler had a career-high 43 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Bears Divisional Playoff versus Seattle. Cutler had a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a nine-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter.

Cutler is just the second quarterback in NFL history to have two passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in a postseason game (Otto Graham, Cleveland, two times: 1954 and 1955 NFL Championship Games). Cutler is the first Bears quarterback to run for a touchdown in a postseason contest since Jim McMahon also ran for two (two yards and one yard) in Super Bowl XX.

OLSEN HAS 113 YARDS RECEIVING: Bears TE Greg Olsen had three receptions for 113 yards, the first Bears tight end in franchise history to have 100 yards receiving in a postseason game. Olsen’s 113 yards receiving are third-most in Bears single-game postseason history. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of Olsen’s career.

Olsen had a reception of 20-plus yards on each of the Bears first three touchdown drives (58-yard touchdown; 33 yards to the Seattle 12 on the second touchdown drive and 22 yards to the Seahawks 41 on the third). Olsen is the first Bears player with 100 yards receiving in a postseason contest since WR Bernard Berrian had 105 versus Seattle in the Divisional Playoff following the 2006 season (1/14/07).

TAYLOR HAS 1-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN: RB Chester Taylor had a one-yard touchdown run on second-and-goal in the first quarter of the Bears Divisional Playoff versus Seattle. During the 2010 regular season, Taylor had three touchdown runs with all three coming from one-yard out. (Week 9 at Buffalo, second-and-goal; Week 13 at Detroit, first-and-goal; Week 14 versus New England, third-and-goal). On third-and-1 or fourth-and-1 situations during the 2010 regular season, Taylor converted six of eight attempts into first downs/touchdowns.

CUTLER CONNECTS WITH OLSEN FOR 58-YARD TOUCHDOWN: Bears QB Jay Cutler connected with TE Greg Olsen for a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the Bears divisional playoff versus Seattle.

The 58-yard reception was the longest of Olsen’s NFL career. Olsen is the fifth Bears tight end all-time to have a touchdown reception in the playoffs joining Desmond Clark (1/15/06 vs. CAR, 1 yard), Keith Jennings (1/1/95 at MIN, 9 yards), James Thorton (1/6/91 vs. NO, 18 yards) and Pat Dunsmore (12/30/84 at WAS, 19 yards).

BEARS DEFENSE HAS STRONG OUTING: The Bears defense held the Seahawks to 34 yards rushing on 12 attempts (2.8 ypc) in the Divisional Playoff contest, third lowest output by a Chicago opponent in the postseason during the Super Bowl era and lowest since holding the Patriots to seven yards rushing in Super Bowl XX.

The Bears defense held the Seahawks to 3-of-14 on third downs (21.4 percent), lowest by a Chicago opponent since holding New Orleans to 2-of-13 on third downs (15.4 percent) on 1/6/91. The Monsters of the Midway forced Seattle into four three and out drives including three on their first four possessions. The Bears offense scored a touchdown after each three-and-out drive by the Chicago defense, equaling 28 points.