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Seattle scores 10 fourth-quarter points to make the final score of Sunday's divisional playoff game at Soldier Field closer than the game really will be: Bears 31, Seahawks 20.

Nobody was close enough to predicting the final score of the Packers' 10-3 win in the regular-season finale to merit a mention.

You know the routine: Your prediction goes here.


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Bears are gonna get upset by these Seahawks....!

I was hoping the "prediction thing" would still going this time of year, kudos to Bears GM Jerry Angelo and the Bears coaching staff for putting together a team that is 3 games away from the ultimate prize. This first part of my post is dedicated to a friend of mine on here. He knows who he is. =-)

This game will be tough. I think Chicago will do a good job with Seahawks runner Marshawn Lynch. You have to respect Lynch's 67 yard game winning run he ripped off last weekend vs the Saints. But, other than that run, Lynch's last big run was a 39 yarder, that was his best run on the season. In fact, Lynch has only had 3 runs of 50 yards plus in his career. If you really break Lynch down, he's not really a home run threat type. His 3.6 yard rush avg isn't that impressive either, add on the fact Lynch failed to hit a 100 yards all season till last weekend. Brian Urlacher and the rest of the leagues 9th ranked defense should be able to contain Lynch. At quarterback for Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck came on last weekend also, but he has been very on again off again (erratic) this season, you take away last weekends performance, Hasselbeck has been horrible late in the season, in december he's thrown 8 ints to only 2 tds. His main target Mike Williams has also been a dud late in the season. In the final 5 games, Williams has only 13 catches for 1 score. The best player on this offense is rookie left tackle Russell Okung, who did a good job vs Julius Peppers last time they ment. I look for Marinelli to flip flop J-Pep matching him up vs right tackle Sean Losklear. With all-pro linebacker Lance Briggs, a player Chicago didn't have last time they faced the Hawks, Chicago should be able to handle this offense.

I like the matchup of Chicago offense vs the Seahawks defense. Unlike the last time they ment, Chicago is a more balanced offense with an improved rushing attack. Despite the size Seattle has inside up front in DT's Colin Cole (328) and Brandon Mebane (311), they were still only ranked 21st vs the run. And last weekend, 2 of Seattles top 3 tacklers were defensive backs, cornerback Kelly Jennings with his 8 stops, and free safety Earl Thomas and his 8 stops. What does this tell us, Seattle's front 7 can be run on. I say Bears 21 Seahawks 17. And the last part of my post is for my bestest friend on here (you know who you are) =-) GO BEARS!!

This one will be over by halftime, Seahawks superbowl was last week and this week they aren't playing at home.

It's been a long time since week 6 and this Bears team is a different beast.

Run game is much improved, expect Forte to have a stellar day. Cutler's been on since the bye thanks to better protection.

D will be fired up and Peppers and the D line will bring some serious pressure on Hasselbeck. Lynch will be contained by a much stronger run D.

Bears 35 Seahawks 13

Bears 24, Seahawks 21. Seattle will get a special teams or defensive score, and make this more of a nail-biter than it should be. Robbnie Gould will kick a field goal with less than 3:00 remaining to put the Bears up 3, and the defense will pick Hasselbeck to seal the game.

Should be an interesting game, but I don't think we will be able to roll over them any more. They are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and are capable of hanging tough with any team in the NFC.

Caveat to the score above: if Tatupu doesn't play, score will be 27-17 Bears. Forte will have over 120 yards rushing, and the Bears will dominate TOP by 37:00 to 23:00.

Go Bears!

All we hear about is the Bears are better now... How about the fact that the Seahawks finally have an offensive line that isn't injured and switching like a revolving door??? How about the fact that the Defense is finally healthy again, How about the fact that Lynch has learned the west coast offense? How about the fact that the receivers are finally healthy again... It isn't just the Bears that have gotten better,,, ask the Saints!

The Bears couldn't run against the Hawks when Mebane was hurt in the first meeting, and they won't this time with him in there.

You better hope Cutler can throw you to a win,,,, Good luck with that while he's laying on his back after the 5th sack in the 1st half!

My Prediction, lots of retractions from BEARS writers on Monday after the Bears get humiliated on Sunday.... Check New Orleans Papers for proper methods!

31-10 Bears. I think the D is going to score late and put the game away.

Kevin did you just slap a smiley face at me, wait two of them? You don't be sending no damn smiley face to a dude let alone two of them. I feel all dirty. You really think I am your best friend? That's really sweet, I didn't know you cared that much. If you don't stop thinking like that I am going to smack the #### out you. Now get over your man crush on me before Brando kills himself, you know he can't afford to lose you. Which reminds me. I have been meaning to ask you something for awhile now. You can't stand me but talk to me all the time. But Brando loves you, he always tries to talk to you, and you guys see eye to eye everything. Yet you don't give him the time of day. What's up with that, you just like the bad boy's Kevin? (LMAO right now)

Just a little heads up on your prediction. I don't think you will see Peppers flip that much. Carlson cut blocked Peppers in the first game and Peppers was struggling after that. Kevin if Jennings had 8 stops and Thomas had 8 stops, that does not mean you can run on a team. It means they stopped 16 plays for no gain between the two of them. I don't know what the numbers are on that game, but 16 stops between two players in one game is amazing. The Saints have one of the best interior lines in football, and they didn't run the ball very well. That was a really pass heavy game. Also the shuffle pass and short dump off, killed the Bears defense in the first game, I can't see that happening twice.

I don't know who is going to win this game, but you don't come in to another teams house twice in one year and win. The Bears are the better team and at home, I don't see how Seattle can win unless the coaching staff screws up. This ain't the Rose Bowl Pete.

Have a good weekend people and enjoy the game. And no I am not going to say it Kevin.

Seahawks 27 - Bears 13

- Bears OL will not overcome the heavy Seattle blitzes which will lead to at least two INT's by Cutler and at least 4 sacks

- Greg Olsen will be a no-show....again

- Too much Mike Williams, too tall and physical for Tillman (who has a bum ankle)

- Too many pinpoint, quick passes by Hasselbeck - nullifies the Bears pass rush - you will see slant after slant, and when the Bears blitz, a lot of screens

- A lot of passes by Seattle to the TE in the middle (which is always open in the Cover 2)

- Some running but when the Bears get behind, Martz will revert to Bad-Mike and call pass after pass

- Not much running from the Seahawks but they won't need it as Hasselbeck picks them apart like Brady and Sanchez did

- Angelo announces that the Bears have signed Lovie to a 10-year extension after the game

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The bottom line for me is that Seattle beat the Bears before, and the only reason it was close at all was because Hester ran one back with 2 minutes to go - the ball won't be punted within 30 yards of him this weekend. The Seahawks also made a lot of mistakes in that game, they could have scored at least another 10 points by getting TD's instead of the FG's they did score.

The Seahawks pounded the Saints and they (the Saints) would have demolished the Bears if they had played here.

I'm sorry but the 2010 luck runs out on Sunday.......we can only hope that it leads to massive regime change at Halas Hall.......but it probably won't.

I see the A**-kissing patrol is out in full force. "Kudos to Jerry Angelo." Some people will never learn and I guess that "crappy" taste in their mouths has become normal.

There have been stories and articles about "who wasn't there" the first time these two teams played. One of the MIA's was good ole #90, Peppers. That was a 2 tackle/1 assist game for him. But I am sure he ran and got an ice pack for the training staff, forced 14 false starts and had 6 or 7 holding penalties against him. We wouldn't want to judge him on...what did you call them, Kevin?.."fan favorite STATS." In fact, I do believe the Seattle game was one of the games where even the announcers were wondering where he was. Peppers better show up and let's hope that "one trick pony" Johnny 'willie gault' Knox shows up. Cutler is going to need him.

As for the Seahawks, this isn't a 3rd string back up QB the defense will be facing. Hasselbeck is a smart, heady, veteran who will go with his strengths. Let's hope Tillman decides to come out with the 3/4" cleats on because I have a feeling he's going to be seeing quite a bit of Mike Williams.

Cutler goes 21/30 for 256, 3 TD's and no picks. Bears Win 27-17

Creighton...I hate you. You are a complete moron. We are all now dumber for having read your post. Thank you.

Bears 38, Seahawks 24.

Bears 30, Seahawks 13

Man, it's the post-season. It's going to be ridiculous. And how exciting will it be to see our brand new franchise QB in his first playoff game?

Go Bears!

I think we can all agree that it's best for the Bears to suffer a humiliating loss to the Seahawks. Otherwise the Bears will continue to refuse to use high draft picks to draft the much needed help on the Offensive line.

If they get blown out, maybe Angelo, Lovie, and Martz all get replaced and we get Bill Cowher. I am shocked at how fast the media has forgotten just how bad this team really is.

When the Bears have faced a good team this season, they give up at least 30 points. If the Seahawks play with the same intensity as they did against New Orleans, the Seahawks will win for sure. When they beat the Bears the first time, Hassleback was just beginning to grasp their new offense. Now it's all coming together.

Last time against the Seahawks the Bears scored 20 points, with Hester scoring in the last two minutes on a runback. So realistically the Bears scoring only 14 points is quite expected. Probably Seahawks 34 Bears 17 or Seahawks 34 Bears 14.

But for them to suffer a humiliation that might change things, it's going to have to be by a bigger margin. Such as Seahawks 45 Bears 10. Or Seahawks 42 Bears 0.
I think we need to see the Seahawks score over 40 and the Bears 10 or less.

And you should probably see Cutler get sacked at least 6 times if not more. And when that happens, he'll start throwing INT's. He may suffer another concussion.
Then maybe we'll get some O-line help. Drafting at least two and trading picks and players to move up in the draft to get them. Then go get a real #1 WR in Free Agency. GO BEARS! I know you can do it!

Final answer: Seahawks 42 Bears 0

28-17 Bears. It would be worse, but Lovie tends to go very conservative when he get's up by two scores instead of keeping his foot on the gas.

Had I ever imagined that the Seahawks were going to do what they did in the fourth quarter, I would never have thought they could win this game.

With about 11 minutes to go and down 21, the TV announcers were saying we should see an onside kick. But no, Seattle punts. Then the next time they can onside kick, they punt again. When they finally DO onside kick, there is not enough time left to make a difference.

If that's Seattle's idea of playing to win, I think somebody needs to be fired.

As a result of those calls being made, what I thought was a professional football game, became for me personally, a professional wrestling match.

And how can you predict the outcome of that?

Mikey | January 15, 2011 9:50 AM | Reply
"Creighton...I hate you. You are a complete moron. We are all now dumber for having read your post. Thank you."

Hey you forgot your prediction, that's the whole point of this thread. Oh and I was right, they won easily. So that's one for the Moron and what do you call someone who is dumber than a moron and didn't even make a prediction because he can't control his hate and was to busy focusing on my post which doesn't really say much except for some banter between Kevin and myself.?Tisk, Tisk. Now what would be the word? Fool, you are fool.

So much for my predictions......

- Greg Olsen will be a no-show....again

I was right for the second half, the first half, not so much

- Too much Mike Williams, too tall and physical for Tillman (who has a bum ankle)

Did score 2 touchdowns, when it didn't matter

- Too many pinpoint, quick passes by Hasselbeck - nullifies the Bears pass rush - you will see slant after slant, and when the Bears blitz, a lot of screens

Some of this, but not enough to matter and I can't remember seeing a screen

- A lot of passes by Seattle to the TE in the middle (which is always open in the Cover 2)

This would have happened except he ended up concussed early

- Some running but when the Bears get behind, Martz will revert to Bad-Mike and call pass after pass

Totally wrong on this one, except for the Forte flub

- Not much running from the Seahawks but they won't need it as Hasselbeck picks them apart like Brady and Sanchez did

Right about the first part, a little off on the second part

- Bears OL will not overcome the heavy Seattle blitzes which will lead to at least two INT's by Cutler and at least 4 sacks

This for me was the thing I just couldn't understand. The Seahawks probably blitzed 10 percent of the time, when it needed to be like 50 percent of the time at least. They got burned by Olsen early, wet their pants, and hardly ever blitzed after that. One of the wimpiest things I have ever seen in a playoff game.

Dom Capers won't be so shy next Sunday........

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