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    First time's a charm for VanderBears

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    In his postseason debut, quarterback Jay Cutler tallied four touchdowns to lead Chicago to a convincing 35-24 win over Seattle in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Cutler and the Bears will face longtime rival Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in Chicago.

    "After last year and the disappointment and the struggles we've had offensively and kind of rebuilding, it's been a fun ride," Cutler said. "But it's not over yet. We've still got some business to take care of."

    Cutler completed 15 of 28 passes for 274 yards, rushed for another 43 yards, and committed no turnovers. He became only the second quarterback in league history to have two TDs rushing and two passing in a postseason game (Otto Graham, Cleveland, 1954 and '55).

    "I don't know if you're going to get any better performance out of a quarterback in the playoffs," said tight end Greg Olsen.

    Three more former Commodores contributed in the victory: wide receiver Earl Bennett had 22 total yards from one reception and rush, defensive back D.J. Moore made five tackles, and starting left guard Chris Williams was effective for an offensive line that opened holes for 176 rushing yards.

    Chicago and Green Bay will renew the league's oldest rivalry next Sunday for the right to go to Super Bowl XLV. The teams have played 181 times overall, but their only previous postseason meeting was in 1941 with the Bears winning 33-14 at Wrigley Field.

    The Bears and Packers split their two regular season meetings this year with the home team getting the victory each time.

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    I watched the game yesterday and after the first touchdown Jay Cutler gave teh VU sign with both hands. I saw it am convinced that he did indeed hold up his thumb and first two fingers of both hands in a victory salute. Others disagree and say that he was only giving the number 1 sign. do you have access to the video and if so could you review the video of Cutler's reactio after the first touchdown to see if he did give the VU sign? Thanks

    I thought the same thing at the time. It's in the replay at the :45 mark, when he realizes Olsen's gonna score.

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