So maybe that's why there is a general feeling of comfort about the Seahawks returning to Chicago for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff.
And these Seahawks are on a roll, a general idea that seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago when they capped a stretch of seven losses in nine games with three consecutive thuds against San Francisco, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
But there wasn't much said about what comes after winning the division.
"We never talked about what was beyond that but we all know that there's just great stuff beyond that," Hasselbeck said. "So here we are and to have a second-round playoff opportunity is really exciting and that's what we care about right now."
To that point, the Seahawks returned to work after a day away. Coach Pete Carroll even got some down time, spending Sunday with one eye on the two playoff games -- with extreme interest in Green Bay's win at Philadelphia -- but much of the day was also spent hanging out with his grandson.
But their preparations for the Bears begin with October's win and the familiarity of having already played in Chicago this season.
"We had a good experience, we know that. That's not a battle cry or anything, that doesn't mean anything," Carroll said. "We just know where we're going, we know what it feels like, we know where we're going to practice the day before the game, and we'll know the sights and sounds of that stadium. So there's a little familiarity that I think helps. That's experience, and that's it."
In a season devoid of many impressive performances, the Seahawks' 23-20 win over the Bears in Week 6 was one exception. Coming off its bye week, the Seahawks rolled into Chicago and after Matt Forte's 6-yard touchdown run on the opening drive, Seattle for the most part controlled the tempo, picking up its first road win over a team with a winning record in three seasons.
Forte was held to just 11 yards rushing on eight carries and the 61 yards rushing by the Bears was their fourth-lowest total of the season. And Jay Cutler couldn't make up for the lack of a run game. Cutler threw for 290 yards but completed just 17 of 39 passes, and the Bears failed to convert any of their 12 third-down attempts.
Along with one of their better defensive performances, the win in Chicago also served as the re-emergence of Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams. The former first-round bust broke out with 10 catches for 123 yards that afternoon, at the time the most receptions by any Seattle receiver in game since Bobby Engram caught 14 passes against Cleveland in 2007.
That day was also the debut of Lynch with the Seahawks, and while his 17 carries for 44 yards wasn't all that impressive, his brutish running style was fully on display in his first game with the Seahawks. It was one of just four times during the regular season the Seahawks topped 100 yards rushing as a team.
Some of the concerns over Seattle's inability to run were put to rest in the past two weeks. The Seahawks had 141 yards rushing in the regular-season finale against St. Louis, then churned out 149 yards rushing against the Saints, including the first 100-yard rusher of the season when Lynch finished with 131 yards and, of course, his memorable late touchdown.
"It was crazy. I've never seen anything like it," Hasselbeck said.
"Going into that game we fully expected him to play and he didn't play and that was a big deal," Hasselbeck said. "For us to sit back and say, 'we beat them at their place we can do it again,' that would be a dangerous way to feel because Lance Briggs did not play in that game, he is a big, big-time difference maker."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press