"It's going to be hard to beat us if we continue to play the way
we played today," the Patriots' nose tackle said after New England
captured a fourth straight victory. "It's going to be very tough for
teams to come to beat us."
Next up: the high-flying Denver Broncos, who bring a 6-1 record to
town next Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS) in the latest Tom Brady-Peyton
Manning matchup. The Bears have a bye week before traveling to Green
"It will be a great game. It always is," said Brady, who had another
huge game on Sunday as the Patriots moved to 6-2.
Brady, making his 100th regular-season start at home, threw five
touchdown passes and was near perfect as he improved to 87-13 as a
home starter. Brady was 30 of 35 for 354 yards and four of the
It was the third five-touchdown game of Brady's career and he holds
the club record with a pair of six-TD pass performances.
Three of Sunday's touchdown passes went to tight end Rob Gronkowski,
who had nine receptions but none after he left the game to be
treated for dehydration following a 46-yard touchdown catch early in
the third quarter.
"It was good to get him going ... when he plays like beast mode he's
tough to stop," Brady said of Gronkowski, who has 48 TD catches from
Brady, the second-most in NFL history between a quarterback and his
tight end (San Diego's Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have 69).
Another ominous sign to future foes: Brady is 100 of 144 for 1,268
yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions during New England's
winning streak, with the Patriots averaging almost 40 points per
game during the current run.
Wide receiver Brandon LaFell had a career-high 11 catches for a
career-best 124 yards and a touchdown and tight end Tim Wright had
seven catches and a touchdown for the Patriots.
Running back Jonas Gray, in his second game since being added to the
roster from the practice squad, ran for 86 yards in his first start.
"That was a pretty good day for us out there today," understated
coach Bill Belichick.
Quarterback Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes and running back
Matt Forte had 114 yards rushing and 54 yards and a touchdown
receiving for the sliding Bears (3-5).
"I sound like a broken record, but we have to keep everything
together and continue to work together," said defensive end Willie
Said safety Ryan Mundy: "Right now we definitely are frustrated,
upset and disappointed, all of those emotions. We have the bye week
coming up so we will have an opportunity to get out minds right and
get away from it -- refresh and recharge."
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Cutler finished 20 of 30 for 227 yards and an interception. He also
fumbled on a sack and defensive end Rob Ninkovich picked it up and
ran 15 yards for the touchdown.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, guarded by cornerback Darrelle
Revis, had just two catches and Revis an interception -- a week
after his post-game locker room tirade following the Oct. 19 loss to
the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots, who became the second post-merger team to score three
touchdowns in less than a minute (57 seconds, late in the first
half) scored all five times they had the ball -- and one time they
didn't -- in the half to go up 38-7 at halftime.
"It was to our own doing. We have to accept that and it hurt us. It
hurt us," said Bears coach Marc Trestman, who called the first half
Asked about the New England 57-second outburst, Cutler called it,
"Agonizing," and added, "We started off, had some conversions on
third downs -- they were obviously converting and scoring so we got
behind pretty quickly and didn't make it much of a ballgame."
NOTES: Bears DE Lamarr Houston suffered what appeared to be a knee
injury after a sack dance made near the end of a blowout loss. ...
DE Chandler Jones, who missed the game for New England, is expected
to be out four to six weeks with a hip injury. ... Sunday was
Brady's 61st 300-yard passing game; and his 17th with at least four
TD passes and no INTs, tying him with Drew Brees for the all-time
NFL record. ... LBs Lance Briggs (ribs) and Jon Bostic (back) were
inactive for the Bears, who also lost LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring)
during the game. ... LB Akeem Ayers, acquired last week from the
Tennessee Titans, made his Patriots debut and had a sack. ... Rookie
CB Kyle Fuller, who suffered hand and hip injuries in the previous
game against the Miami Dolphins, started for the Bears but left
early because of the hip. ... CB Alfonzo Dennard was a healthy
inactive for New England.
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