First quarter: Bears 14, Seahawks 0

January, 16, 2011
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BearsJerry Lai/US PresswireGreg Olsen catches a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler for a 7-0 Bears lead.
CHICAGO -- Time to deploy some extra coverage on Bears tight end Greg Olsen, who caught two passes for 91 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.

The Bears lead 14-0 after the first quarter, thanks in large part to Olsen’s second reception -- a 33-yard gain -- which put the team in position for Chester Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Three plays into Chicago’s first possession, Olsen zipped past Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy, with quarterback Jay Cutler uncorking a bomb for the tight end’s 21st touchdown reception, which moves him into a tie for No. 11 on the franchise’s all-time list with Dennis McKinnon and Ryan McLean.

Olsen’s second reception came on a short crossing route with the tight end stumbling 33 yards to set up the Bears in scoring possession. Taylor did the honors on a 1-yard run off tackle right with 1:19 left in the quarter to boost Chicago’s lead to 14-0 after Robbie Gould’s extra point.

The drive chewed up four minutes and five seconds.

Apparently, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stayed true to his word about kicking to Bears return man Devin Hester. Seattle kicked to Hester twice in the first quarter with the return man calling for a fair catch on the first one, before breaking loose for a 26-yard gain on the next punt.

Had it not been for solid coverage from Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who forced Hester out of bounds, the return could have gone for a touchdown. Instead, it set the Bears up at the 50 for Taylor’s eventual score.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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