Not gonna lie to you, I did NOT see that one coming.
I don’t think there’s a greater sight in all of sport than watching a defensive lineman high-step an interception into the endzone. Sure enough, early in the third quarter we got to see Red Bryant do just that. And from there, you could just tell the rout would be on. Of course, that score simply broke a 14-14 tie, but still. You knew Chicago wasn’t going to come back from that backbreaking turnover (sorry Knox, I forgot you were still down there).
For Chicago to win that game, they needed things to be sloppy. Ugly. They needed, pretty much, what we saw in the first half on Sunday. Seattle being ineffective on offense, fumbling the ball in our own endzone, being impotent on the ground and even moreso thru the air. And throughout that first half, I thought that’s exactly how that game was going to end up.
Then … I dunno. A switch flipped. We came out and absolutely DESTROYED them in the second half! Couple of picks, couple of big pass plays, and a bunch of defenders teeing off on Chicago’s backup quarterback. Why can’t we play this way in Chicago during the PLAYOFFS?
It’s too bad, though. On the one hand, you never want to stop believing, but on the other hand it almost would’ve been BETTER had we just lost and gotten this whole playoffs thing out of mind. I’d be a whole lot happier had Oakland not completely fucked us in the afternoon game, but that’s a topic for another day.
For now, we look back fondly on another win. And we get ready for the 49ers next week, where hopefully we’re able to knock them down a peg or two.