Chicago (AP)—A week after knocking off the defending Super
Bowl champs, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks played more
like a team with a losing record than a division winner.
Little went right for the Seahawks on a wintry day at Soldier
Field. The Chicago Bears took control early and sent first-year
coach Pete Carroll and the NFC West champs - the only team in the
playoffs with a losing record - home by a 35-24 score.
Hasselbeck, who'd engineered the upset of the New Orleans Saints
in the first round with four touchdown passes, was 26 of 46 for 258
yards, 165 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter after the
game was out of reach. He threw all three of his TD passes in that
"We started slow, we looked slow. Maybe it was the conditions,
maybe just a combination of all those things," Hasselbeck said.
"I think we really believed we were going to win, as improbable
and unlikely as it may have seemed to a lot of people. ... We just
couldn't overcome some of the things that happened."
Marshawn Lynch's rambling, tackle-breaking 67-yard TD run last
week in a 41-36 upset of the Saints was the talk of the NFL. This