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SEATTLE – Only one of the Seattle Seahawks’ seven victories during the regular season came against a team that made the playoffs. That just so happens to be the team Seattle is playing next in the playoffs: the Chicago Bears. Green Bay defeated Philadelphia on Sunday and as the No. 6-seeded team the Packers advance to play the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. That sends Seattle, which was the only home team to win on wild-card weekend, to Chicago on Sunday. The divisional playoff game is a rematch of the regular-season game the Seahawks won 23-20 on Oct. 17.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs thanks to their 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday. As might be expected in a season that began with Super Bowl expectations but nearly was derailed by injuries and inconsistency, it wasn’t easy.
CHICAGO – One of Ozzie Guillen’s sons is firing back at former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks for comments made about the Chicago manager. Jenks, who signed a two-year deal with Boston last week, expressed disappointment to MLB.com that the White Sox decided not to re-sign him. He told the website he was “looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.”
CHICAGO – Bobby Jenks wasn’t perfect. He even blew a save in the World Series. But big moments with Jenks never left lasting scars. Even his Game 2 hiccup turned out well, with Scott Podsednik sending White Sox fans home delirious about 10 minutes later.
CHICAGO – Two weeks ago, the New York Giants teed off on Jay Cutler, sacking the Chicago Bears quarterback nine times before knocking him out of the game with a concussion. It’s safe to say the Seahawks took notice.
CHICAGO – Sometimes, there’s no point even trying to downplay the significance of a single game. The standard cliché in football, after both crushing defeats and uplifting victories, is to say it was just one game out of 16, no more important than the next one, nor no less.
Seattle’s primary concern in Chicago is really more of a secondary matter. The Seahawks’ secondary, to be more precise, because the Bears have a strong-armed quarterback and an offensive coordinator in Mike Martz whose game plans are known for their long-range ambition.
SEATTLE – Whatever pregame pleasantries Freddie Ljungberg exchanged with his former Sounders FC teammates were quickly forgotten after the opening whistle. Making his first return to Seattle since being traded to Chicago last month, Ljungberg was roughed up in a physical match and jeered by the fans on every touch Saturday night. The final insult came on a game-winning header by Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero in the 92nd minute to give the home team a 2-1 win in front of 36,386 fans at Qwest Field.
Lou Piniella walked away from baseball on Sunday, a month earlier than planned and with a tip of the cap instead of a kick of the cap. The latter would have been a nice touch but, alas, Lou's fire seems to have gone out. Managing the Chicago Cubs will do that to you.