Peephole perspective: A pair of Bears’ touchdowns and snow. Chicago 14-0.
Player of the quarter: Greg Olsen. The Bears tight end ran past Seahawks SS Lawyer Milloy to score the first touchdown and then had a 33-yard reception to set up the Bears’ second TD.
Play of the quarter: The first long pass to Olsen – a 58-yarder. It came on the Bears’ third play of the game.
Number of the quarter: 89. That’s John Carlson’s uniform number. The Seahawks’ tight end was taken off the field on a cart and strapped to a board – a precautionary measure – facing landing on his facemask.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, as Jordan Babineaux called heads in the coin toss and it was. But the Seahawks went three-and-out as WR Brandon Stokley couldn’t handle Matt Hasselbeck’s third-down pass that was thrown a bit wide.
The Bears had no such trouble on third-down play on their first possession, as Olsen ran pass Milloy to take a pass from Jay Cutler for the 58-yard TD.
The Seahawks got a 14-yard gain on a pass from Hasselbeck to Carlson on the first play of the ensuing. But Bears SS Danieal Manning hit Carlson while he was in the air and Carlson was taken from the field on a cart, and strapped to a board, after landing on his facemask and having his head snapped back. That left the Seahawks with only one tight end – Cameron Morrah – because Anthony McCoy and Chris Baker are on injured reserve. Hasselbeck went to Morrah two plays later, but Morrah dropped the pass and the Seahawks had to punt. Jon Ryan pinned the Bears at their 9 as his punt went out of bounds.
The official word is that Carlson has a head injury and taking him off on the board was a precautionary measure. Carlson had feeling in his arms.
The Bears scored again with 1:19 left in the quarter on a 1-yard run by RB Chester Taylor. The big play on the eight-play, 50-yard drive was Cutler’s 33-yard pass to Olsen. Cutler then kept the ball for a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from the 3.