Patriots vs. Bears: Live Blog

The 5-2 Patriots welcome the 3-4 Bears to Foxboro for a Sunday afternoon showdown. Stay with us to see our live reaction to what should be a wildly entertaining game.

12:40 P.M.- Welcome to Foxboro! We are 20 minutes from kickoff of the Patriots/Bears, a game that is sure to provide a few highlights. Let's take a look at the key inactives for the Patriots and the Bears.

Patriots/Bears Inactives

Patriots- G Jordan Devey, CB Alfonzo Dennard, G-T Cam Fleming, S Nate Ebner, DE Chandler Jones, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker

Bears- LB Lance Briggs, LB Jon Bostic, T Jordan Mills, S Ahmad Dixon, CB Terrance Mitchell, S Danny McCray, T Charles Leno

1:00 P.M.- The Patriots will kickoff and we get a look at the vaunted Bears offense to open the game.

1:07 P.M.- The Bears came out running and picked up an initial first down, but Dominique Easley and the Patriots defense stepped up and made the stops they needed. Browner and Revis flip-flopped between Marshall and Jeffrey, with Browner getting away with heavy contact while covering Marshall.

1:13 P.M.- 6-Yard touchdown catch for Rob Gronkowski, the red zone beast. Great drive by the Patriots that featured a nice catch by Brandon LaFell, strong running from rookie Jonas Gray and vintage Rob Gronkowski in the red zone. There was a lot to like on that drive. Patriots 7, Bears 0

1:21 P.M.- Brandon Browner makes a strong play to stop the Bears on third and six. Chicago' passing game hasn't been able to get any rhythm going, which is to be expected when facing the league' best pass defense.

1:38 P.M.- The Patriots have a great drive saved by a false start penalty on fourth and goal from the one. It makes sense to speed up the tempo when your driving, but rushing from the one yard line made no sense at all. They should have taken their time and tried play action on at least one down. Stephen Gostkowski drills the field goal to make it 10-0, Patriots.

1:44 P.M.- Another great series for the Patriots secondary. Revis and Browner both stepped up to make back-to-back plays and force the three and out. The Bears have their hands full today; if they allow another touchdown on the next drive, this game may get very ugly.

1:53 P.M.- The Patriots methodically drive down the field and this time they overcome their red zone woes with a huge catch on 3rd and 18 by Rob Gronkowski. This time, Josh McDaniels dialed up play action on second down and it worked; Brady to Tim Wright for his third touchdown catch of the season. Patriots 17, Bears 0

2:04 P.M.- The Bears answer with a 77 yard drive that was capped by a Matt Forte touchdown catch. The Patriots knew Forte was going to be their biggest headache today, so that touchdown isn't a big surprise. Patriots 17, Bears 7

2:19 P.M.- Rob Gronkowski with his second touchdown catch of the day, this one being a questionable catch that was ultimately ruled a completion. Excellent drive by the Patriots offense that featured just about everyone. Bryan Stork needs to go easy with the penalties because that will get him benched. Patriots 24, Bears 7

2:25 P.M.- Akeem Ayers picks up a sack in his Patriots debut and the Patriots force a three-and-out to allow Tom Brady another chance to score before halftime.The Patriots have 1:26 to put together a drive and they also get the ball at the half.

2:27 P.M.- Julian Edelman with the long return sets up Tom Brady and the Patriots offense for the ten yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. Blowout city here in Foxboro. Patriots 31, Bears 7

2:31 P.M.- The Patriots defense forces a fumble and Rob Ninkovich scoops it up and takes it in for the touchdown to add on as the Patriots have now scored three times in less than a minute. That escalated quickly. Patriots 38, Bears 7

2:37 P.M. Darrelle Revis caps off the first half in style with the interception and the Patriots lead 38-7 at the half.


2:54 P.M.- The Patriots march down the field and Rob Gronkowski scores his third touchdown of the day, this time from 46 yards out. This isn't a blowout, it's a slaughter. The Patriots are killing the Bears season and Marc Trestman' head coaching career.

3:06 P.M- The Patriots defense bent a little and allowed the Bears to drive, but they tightened up at the 30 and forced the turnover on downs. There are not a lot of places for Jay Cutler to throw the ball and the front seven is generating pressure, specifically rookie first round pick Dominique Easley.

3:10 P.M.- The Bears defense steps up for the first time today and stop the Patriots from driving. It may seem trivial, but it has to feel good for that defense to finally get a stop. Rob Gronkowski left to be treated for dehydration.

3:17 P.M.- The Bears score and convert the two point conversion; Martellus Bennett appeared to tackle Brandon Browner but Browner was called for pass interference and Bennett' great catch stands. Patriots 45, Bears 15

3:23 P.M.- That's the end of the three, and the Patriots take a 45-15 lead into the fourth quarter.

3:31 P.M.- Stephen Gostkowski connects from 27 yards out and the Patriots up their lead to 33. Ten minutes to go, Patriots 48, Bears 15.

3:42 P.M.- Alshon Jeffrey shakes free of Darrelle Revis and makes a ten yard touchdown catch; Matt Forte converts the two-point conversion to make the score Patriots 48, Bears 23.

3:46 P.M.- James Develin recovers the onside kick at the Patriots 41-yard line. New England will try and wrap this up with a couple first downs.

3:51 P.M.- Justin Houston adds his name to the stupid injury list. Houston was celebrating a sack of Jimmy Garoppolo and he hurt his knee while jumping. Your team is down 25, what are you dancing for? Foolish.

3:54 P.M.- Stephen Gostkowski connects from 39 yards and the Patriots now lead 51-23. Almost 500 yards of offense for the Patriots today; needless to say they've figured out their problems.

4:03 P.M.- Incomplete pass on fourth and ten means this game is over. The Patriots up their record to 6-2 and the Bears fall to 3-5.

Final Score- Patriots 51, Bears 23

Thank you for joining us today and please be sure to return next week for the showdown of the season vs. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

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