Cutler's multi-faceted performance prevails

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had one of the most statistically unique games in NFL postseason history in Sunday’s 35-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Jay Cutler


According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became only the second quarterback to have two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a postseason game, joining Otto Graham, who did it in both the 1954 and 1955 NFL Championship Game for the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler’s performance brought back memories of a memorable day in Bears history. The last Bears quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a playoff game was Jim McMahon in Super Bowl XX.

Additionally, Cutler was the first quarterback to throw a touchdown on his first career postseason pass since Chad Pennington did so for the New York Jets in 2002.

Seattle kept the blitzing to a minimum, a different approach than it had in its Week 6 win. The Seahawks blitzed with a defensive back on 45 percent of Cutler’s dropbacks in their win, but only did so on six percent of his dropbacks Sunday.

Cutler was able to pick apart the Seahawks minimal pass rush, going 12-of-23 for 226 yards and two touchdowns against four or fewer pass rushers.

Other statistical items of note from this contest:

• Earlier in the week, we noted that a significant key for the Seahawks would be Matt Hasselbeck’s success passing the ball 15 or more yards. Against the Saints, Hasselbeck thrived on such throws, going 4-for-6 with two touchdowns. Against the Bears, our video review showed that Hasselbeck was 1-for-8, not recording a completion until 1:51 remained in the game.

Greg Olsen finished with 113 receiving yards, the third-highest total in Bears postseason history. It trailed only the 129 yards by Willie Gault in Super Bowl XX and 122 by Dante Mangini in the 1943 NFL Championship Game.

• The Seahawks have now lost eight straight postseason road games since winning in Miami in the 1983 Divisional Playoffs. That's tied for the longest postseason road losing streak in NFL history. The Seahawks 1-8 postseason road record is the worst in NFL history (min. five games).

• Teams to win a playoff game without a regular season winning record are now 0-4 in their next playoff game, with the four losses coming by an average of 16.3 points per game.