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Tight end Olsen comes up big in Bears' victory

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So much for the idea that there's no room for tight end Greg Olsen in Mike Martz's offense.

Olsen had three receptions for 113 yards in the Bears' 35-24 NFC divisional playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field, including a 58-yard touchdown on the Bears' third offensive play -- a deep ball from Jay Cutler that Olsen caught at the 20 and beat Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy to the end zone.

Olsen also made a nifty move down the sideline for a 33-yard catch, only to be tripped up by the 15-yard line. Still, it led to a Chester Taylor's one-yar run that gave the Bears a 14-0 lead. He also had a 22-yard catch that led to Cutler's first touchdown that made it 21-0.

''Yeah, it was nice to have a big day,'' Olsen said. ''I'm not going to lie, it did feel good to get off to a fast start and have a couple of big plays later in the game.

''It just shows you, whatever you're labeled or your position, if you ca make big plays and make things happen for our offense, you're going to do it.''

Olsen 's 58-yard touchdown was the longest catch by a Bears tight end since Nov. 16, 1986, when Emery Moorehead caught an 85-yard pass from Mike Tomczak in a 13-10 victory at Atlanta.

As for the idea that a tight end whose main skill is pass-catching won't produce big numbers in Martz's offense ....

''We're not trying to debunk anything or prove any points,'' Olsen said. ''I've said from Day One, I'm happy to be a part of this offense, contribute and do a lot of things.

''Our relationship has been great. guys are happy to do their part week-in and week-out. We don't have any guys that say they need the ball or have to have that many touches or pout if the game doesn't go their way. Everyone is all in. I think that's big reason why we've gotten this far.''

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