Bears Rewind: Bears 27, Seahawks 24 — January 14, 2007

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Bears Rewind: Bears 27, Seahawks 24 — January 14, 2007

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Before we see the 4-10 Chicago Bears take on the 5-9 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, let’s revisit a happier time, the 2006 NFC divisional-round matchup between Chicago and Seattle at Soldier Field.

With a trip to the NFC Championship on the line, Lovie Smith’s 13-3 Bears played host to Mike Holmgren’s Seattle Seahawks, who squeaked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record and earned a shot at the Bears with a 21-20 victory over Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. Thomas Jones opened the scoring for the Bears with a nine-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to make it 7-0 Chicago before a wild second quarter that featured the bulk of the scoring in this contest.

Matt Hasselback kicked things off by hooking up with Nate Burleson on a 16-yard touchdown pass on the quarter’s first play to even things up at a touchdown-a-piece in Chicago. Just 18 seconds later, Rex Grossman hit Bernard Berrian for a 68-yard touchdown to put the Bears back on top.

Seattle and Chicago continued to trade touchdowns late in the second quarter, first with a Shaun Alexander score to tie the game with 2:29 to play in the first half, and then a Thomas Jones rushing touchdown that put the Bears up 21-14 at the half.

The Seahawks dominated the third quarter with a field goal by Josh Brown and a touchdown by Shaun Alexander that put Seattle ahead 24-21 heading into the final frame, but this is where Robbie Gould went from construction contractor to Chicago sports legend by hitting a pair of 40-plus yard field goals to send the Bears to the NFC Championship for the first time in two decades. I’ll let you watch the ending for yourself!

Watch the highlights here!

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.