In a league where teams can be focused on the next weeks game and get tripped up by a somewhat inferior one, all was in place for Tom Brady and his New England Patriots as they hosted the Chicago Bears yesterday in Foxboro, Mass. Sunday's showdown with rival Peyton Manning looming, Brady had every reason to look ahead. Instead, he took care of business!
The future hall of famer had one of his best games in recent memory as he carved up a demoralized Bear defense. He was a spectacular 30-35 for 354 yds and 5 touchdowns. Three of those to favorite target Rob Gronkowski, and one each to Brandon LaFell and Tim Wright. In fact, 4 of his 5 completions were drops. Brady has sizzled in the past four weeks (all wins) as he has thrown for 1,268 yds. with 14 scores and 0 incompletions. The Patriots opened the scoring on a 6 yd. touchdown pass from Brady to Gronk and after two field goals by Stephen Gostkowski and a Tim Wright td catch of 1 yd., it was 17-0. After the Bears Matt Forte put the visitors on the board with a 25 yard catch of a Jay Cutler pass, the wheels fell off. A Gronkowski 2 yd. catch followed by LaFell's 9 yd. reception followed by a Rob Ninkovich 15 yd fumble return, all within a minute, resulted in touchdowns, it was over before halftime. The Patriots stuck to their game plan as they basically allowed the Bears offense to pad some fantasy stats and it was on to Denver earlier than expected.
News and Notes:
- Tom Brady threw for 350 plus yards with at least five touchdowns without being intercepted for the fifth time in his career, most
by any quarterback in that time period.
- Pats RB Jonas Gray entered the game with 3 carries for 12 yards for his career, he had 3 for 30 yards on the teams first drive.
- The Bears (3-5) have lost all of their games that have started at 1pm eastern time thus far this season.
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