New England 36, Chicago 7

Sunday, December 12, 2010 4:15 PM
WHEN: 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, December 12, 2010
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TEMPERATURE: 26°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Mike Carey
ATTENDANCE: 62347

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New England 7 26 3 0 36
Chicago 0 0 7 0 7

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New England 11-2 6-0 5-2 W5
Chicago 9-4 4-3 5-1 L1

Recap

Tom Brady tossed two touchdown passes and the New England Patriots forced four turnovers in a 36-7 thrashing of the Chicago Bears in the wind and snow at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Brady completed 27 of 40 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (11-2), who officially secured a playoff berth with the victory.

Deion Branch caught eight passes for 151 yards and a score and Danny Woodhead rushed for a touchdown for New England, which tightened its grip on the best record in the AFC with three games left.

New England scored on five of its six possessions in the first half, jumping on the board in the first quarter when Brady hit tight end Rob Gronkowski with a 7-yard touchdown pass.

The Patriots piled on in the second quarter, driving 87 yards before Woodhead’s touchdown and turning two fumble recoveries into points, the last six when Brady found Branch down the left sideline as time expired in the half.

The Bears finally got on the board in the third quarter on Chester Taylor’s touchdown run, but Jay Cutler could not make anything happen in the passing game. He finished 12 of 25 for 152 yards and two interceptions.

Chicago (9-4) maintained its lead in the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers (8-5), who fell to the Detroit Lions earlier in the day.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
New England   Chicago
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Player Matt Forte
21 Attempts 9
87 Yards 25
4.1 Avg Yards 2.8
0 Touchdowns 0
17 Long 9
Receiving
New England   Chicago
Deion Branch Player Earl Bennett
8 Receptions 3
151 Yards 53
18.9 Avg Yards 17.7
1 Touchdowns 0
59 Long 33

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New England 475 124 351 4 3 2 2.0 2
Chicago 185 47 138 1 0 0 3.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Bears have a W/L % of .692 after a win and .692 after a loss.
  • New England will play their next game at home against Green Bay. The Patriots have a W/L % of .846 after a win and .846 after a loss.
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