The Patriots were sloppy and nearly found themselves in overtime (except that Chicago's Hail Mary completion on the last play falls one yard short). But two special-teams touchdowns save the day and help the Patriots escape Chicago with a 38-31 victory over the Bears.
The Rob Gronkowski-less Patriots outlasted the Bears in the second half for a 38-31 victory in Chicago, and just barely. Though they led by multiple scores in the fourth quarter, the Bears came one yard away from getting in the end zone on a 54-yard Hail Mary (they needed 55 yards).
The Pats overcame a sloppy first half that saw them lose Sony Michel to injury, but some big plays on special teams, including a Kyle Van Noy fumble return for a touchdown, helped secure the win.
How yicky that first half was. Also, how Josh Gordon stepped in and had his biggest receiving day as a member of the Pats. Gordon had four catches for 100 yards Sunday. He wasn't the only receiver to do things of note, however.
If there are three things Bill Belichick hates, it's when his players fumble, when they showboat and when Derrick Mason mocks him on the field. Derrick Mason wasn't at this game because he's been retired for like seven years (I thought it was way longer than that), but Cordarrelle Patterson was able to check the other two boxes.
Following a Bears field goal to get Chicago on the board with just under four minutes left in the first quarter, Patterson fumbled on the kick return, setting the Bears up at the New England 24 for the drive on which Mitch Trubisky would score a rushing touchdown.
While Patterson was able to atone for that gaffe with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter, he slowed up as he approached the end zone and gave J.C. Jackson a high five before strutting in for the score.
So yeah, Cordarrelle Patterson might be a monster in Bill Belichick's eyes.
It's on hold for now. He left the game with a knee injury, which is not very promising considering that teams failed him in the pre-draft process because of the knee.
Oh they sure didn't.
No, as the Bears had two fumble recoveries while the Pats had no takeaways. Elandon Roberts dropped an interception in the end zone in the second quarter and the Bears ran it in on the next play.
Mercifully, yes. The Pats picked Trubisky twice in the second half.
Kenjon Barner had a career-high 10 carries with Sony Michel out. As usual, however, it was James White who made the biggest difference out of the backfield, chipping in with two receiving touchdowns.
Tom Brady was sacked once all game and it was not by Khalil Mack.
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