LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)—The Chicago Bears know firsthand how
dangerous the Seattle Seahawks can be.
Yes, the 8-9 Seahawks, the first team with a losing record to
win a division.
Seattle came away with a win in its visit to Soldier Field
earlier this season, and Chicago must be more prepared when the
Seahawks return for Sunday's divisional playoff game.
"We know what happened in the first game," Pro Bowl linebacker
Lance Briggs said of the surprising 23-20 loss on Oct. 24.
Losing to the Seahawks again would be a huge letdown for the
Bears (11-5), who won the NFC North and gained a first-round bye.
Even though Seattle upset the defending Super Bowl champion Saints
last week, the Bears are taking nothing for granted.
They saw Seattle's Marshawn Lynch running through and tossing
aside at least a half-dozen defenders on a touchdown run in a 41-36
win over New Orleans at Qwest Field. They saw Matt Hasselbeck come
up big, throwing four TD passes and winning over the fans after
getting booed off the field in his previous home start against
Atlanta. He sat out the Rams game with a hip injury.