With 58-yard TD catch, Olsen involved early

January, 16, 2011
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears quickly smashed the thought of tight end Greg Olsen being an afterthought in the team’s offense.

Just three plays into Chicago’s first possession on Sunday, quarterback Jay Cutler launched a 58-yard bomb down the seam that Olsen caught for a touchdown, putting the Bears ahead less than three minutes into a NFC divisional playoff matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

Over the final six games of the regular season, Olsen caught just one pass in four of those games, leaving some to question how much of a factor he’d be in the Bears’ postseason offense.

Olsen and Cutler quickly answered that question.

Olsen caught five passes in the regular-season finale. On the touchdown against the Seahawks, Olsen sprinted past veteran safety Lawyer Milloy to get open for the strike.

The pass was Cutler’s first of the day, perhaps serving as a preview of what’s to come.

Olsen entered the contest ranked No. 17 for most receptions in Bears franchise history. The touchdown gives Olsen 21 scoring receptions, which ties him for No. 11 on the franchise's all-time list with Dennis McKinnon and Ray McLean.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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