Jay Cutler passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, leading Chicago to a 35-24 win over Seattle and catapulting the Bears into the NFC Championship Game.
Chicago, the No. 2 seed, will host the sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers next Sunday in the first playoff meeting between the longtime rivals since 1941.
The Packers knocked off Philadelphia and top-seeded Atlanta in consecutive road victories to earn their game against the Bears.
Two late Seattle touchdowns made this game look closer than it was.
Cutler, in his first playoff start, threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen on Chicago's third play of the game, giving the Bears a lead they never let go.
Chicago, dominating on both sides of the ball, scored the first four touchdowns of the game and had a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.