CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears hits Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Israel Idonije; Matt Hasslebeck
Because of two huge upsets over wildcard weekend, the Bears will get another shot at the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field at noon on Sunday.
The upsets started on Saturday, when the Seahawks, the first team to earn a playoff berth with a losing record, beat the Saints, the defending Super Bowl champs. Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown that has already become an internet sensation.
With their number two seed, the Bears were going to get the highest remaining seed in the playoffs. If Sunday's NFC game saw the third-seeded Eagles win, Philadelphia would get on a plane to Chicago, but if the sixth-seeded Packers won, the Bears would get a rematch with the Seahawks. But come on! The Jets had knocked off the Colts in the AFC. How many upsets could one weekend of football hold?
Four. The fifth-seeded Ravens dominated the Chiefs in an emotional win in Kansas City. Then, the Packers knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs with a 21-16 win in Philadelphia. Green Bay's James Starks ran for 123 yards, and Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns. Michael Vick's season of redemption came to a screeching halt as he threw an interception in the touchdown in the final minute of the game, sealing the win for Green Bay.
The stars had to be aligned just right for the Bears to meet up with Seattle, the team who Chicago lost to at Soldier Field in October. Well, call Miss Cleo, Bears fans. The Seahawks are coming to town.