The divisional round wrapped up with one expected outcome and one stunner. After last year’s Super Bowl featured both No. 1 seeds (Indy and New Orleans), both top seeds (Atlanta and New England) were eliminated in the divisional round.
Seattle Seahawks 24 Chicago Bears 35
The 8-9 Seahawks came into Soldier Field with confidence. Not only had they just beaten the defending champion New Orleans Saints, but they also edged Chicago 23-20 (in Chicago) during the regular season. The Bears must have forgotten about that loss. Chicago wasted no time by putting up 28 consecutive points. Quarterback Jay Cutler marched the Bears up and down the field, throwing two touchdowns in the process. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselback responded by throwing for three touchdowns. But the 28-0 hole was too deep to climb as Chicago will play Green Bay next week for a trip to Super Bowl XLV.
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Jay Cutler celebrates a touchdown in snowy Chicago.
New York Jets 28 New England Patriots 21
Sportsmanship: From the Encarta World English Dictionary, “Conduct considered fitting for a sportsperson, including observance of the rules of fair play, respect for others, and graciousness in losing.” Also, the opposite of what was seen Sunday Afternoon. Any youngsters watching this contest were learning plenty from Jets coach Rex Ryan and his players. Taunting, celebrating by sleeping in the end zone, a less than fit coach running to the end zone to congratulate his players, and yes, even doing cartwheels (Jets WR Braylon Edwards). Anyway there was an actual game besides the shenanigans as New York avenged a 45-3 loss to New England in the regular season. The Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Title.