The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/16/11- Jay Cutler
After the Seahawks beat the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints last week, many believed that they would continue their surprising playoff run yesterday afternoon when they traveled to Chicago to take on the Bears. And while their offense would once again put up some big numbers, it was not enough to keep up with Jay Cutler and the Bears offense.
With all due respect to the Bears defense, they did not allow the Seahawks to record a single point in the first half, but they did give up 21 points in the fourth quarter to Matt Hasselbeck and company. However, by that time the damage had already been done thanks to Jay Cutler’s four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). Despite playing in only his first NFL playoff game, the Bears’ quarterback looked as though he had been there before, completing 15 of his 28 passes for 274 yards and adding another 43 yards rushing on route to a 35-24 NFC Divisional Round victory.
Now the Bears will face a familiar foe in the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been rolling as of late, winning their last three games, including a week 17 victory over the Bears which earned them a wild card spot. The Bears will get another shot at their division rivals next Sunday, and a big key to their success will be whether Cutler can keep up with Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In order for that to happen, he will need to have another solid game like the one he had against the Seahawks, which earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, January 16, 2011.