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#NFL Playoffs News and Notes - January 17, 2011

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#NFL Playoffs News and Notes - January 17, 2011

Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

The Bears jumped out to a 28-0 lead to set-up a third meeting with the Green Bay Packers...Bears tight end Greg Olsen played a big role on Sunday afternoon...Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's solid playoff debut continued in his post-game interviews...Bears cornerback Charles Tillman isn't satisfied...The Bears are not concerned with history, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago.

Seahawks receivers were frustrated by how physical the Bears cornerbacks played them...Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy is undecided on his future...Defensively, the Seahawks sent fewer blitzes at the Bears...Seahawks tight end John Carlson and cornerback Marcus Trufant spent the night in a Chicago hospital after suffering serious concussions...Injuries to both tight ends hurt the Seahawks' running game...The Seahawks were exposed outside when playing away from Qwest Field...

New York Jets 28, New England Patriots 21

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to emerge as a young leader...Jets receivers made big-time plays on Sunday...The Jets' relentless pass rush caused Tom Brady to look skittish...Dennis Byrd's speech the night before the game inspired the Jets...Jets linebacker Bart Scott was emotional after last night's win.

For the second time in two seasons, the Patriots lost their opening playoff game at home...Patriots receivers struggled to get open...Tom Brady was human on Sunday, which wasn't enough...Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch took exception to the Jets' post-game antics...Patriots safety Patrick Chung reportedly called for the failed fake punt.

Today's NFL birthdays: Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason (37), Bengals wide receiver Maurice Purify (25), Cowboys linebacker Bradie James (30), Packers center Scott Wells (30), Colts running back Dominic Rhodes (32), Dolphins second-round linebacker Koa Misi (24), and Jets linebacker Lance Laury (29).

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