Published: January 16th, 2011 | Tags: NFC Divisional Playoffs, Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Justin Forsett, Lawyer Milloy, Lofa Tatupu, Marshawn Lynch, Mike Martz, Mike Williams, Seattle Seahawks
A few nuggets at halftime of the Seahawks-Bears divisional game at Soldier Field:
- Seahawks veteran safety Lawyer Milloy was caught flat-footed in man coverage on Greg Olsen’s 58-yard touchdown reception. It was a career-long reception for Olsen.
- No question Bears OC Mike Martz has found a matchup he likes with Olsen, who has three receptions for 113 yards and the TD. On his second reception, for 33 yards, Olsen outran Lofa Tatupu on a simple flat route. His third reception was a drag across the field off a misdirection play-action that went for 22 yards. Olsen was also the target on a pass near the goal line from Jay Cutler that was deflected. The Seahawks haven’t had an answer.
- The Seahawks are taking their chances with Devin Hester. He has two fair catches and one return on seven first-half punts, but his lone return went for 26 yards and set up the Bears at midfield for a drive that led to Chester Taylor’s 1-yard TD run. Hester had the highest single-season punt return average (17.1 ypr) in NFL history this season.
- The Seahawks running game has been a non-factor against the Bears’ No. 2-ranked rush defense. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett have five carries for 3 yards. Combined.
- The Seahawks are 1-of-8 on third-down conversions.
- Bears CB Charles Tillman has been matched up 1-on-1 with Seahawks WR Mike Williams, who had 10 receptions for 123 yards in the first meeting this season. Williams has two receptions for 10 yards.
- The Bears are 9-0 this season when they have 21-plus rushing attempts. They’ve established the ground game in the first half, rushing 17 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Great call on the QB draw by Cutler.