Although the Bears jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 35-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field, head injuries to Seahawks tight end John Carlson and cornerback Marcus Trufant served as grim reminders there being no easy games in the NFL.
"It's something we live with," Bears tight end Kellen Davis said. "You have to have a little luck and a little faith and hope you make it through, but to see two guys go down in one game like that made you wonder what was going on."
Danieal Manning upended Carlson after the former Notre Dame tight end caught a short pass near the visitor's sideline on Seattle's second series. Carlson landed face first and remained on the ground for several minutes before being strapped to a board and carted from the field.
"I didn't think it was a dirty play," Manning said. "I don't play dirty. It was a clean hit. He was still in-bounds. I just made the tackle. I definitely didn't try to hurt him."
Trufant took a knee to the head from Davis after the backup tight end caught a short pass early in the third quarter.
"He was as knocked out as I've ever seen anybody be knocked out in my life," Davis said.
Trufant was also carted off the field while strapped to a board. Both players were taken to a local hospital where they were diagnosed with concussions. Both are expected to remain overnight for observation.
"He went straight for my knee," Davis said of Trufant. "I'm glad I went to chapel this morning because if my leg was planted I would've gotten hurt."