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Fourth Quarter:

Patriots route Bears

(3:00pm)- The Bears worked their way down the field on a 10-play drive, capped off with Jay Cutler's third touchdown pass of the afternoon, a 10-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery. The Bears added a 2-point conversion with 5:16 remaining.

The Patriots eventually tacked on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals to cap their 51-23 victory over the Bears on Sunday.

Third Quarter:

Bennett scores TD*

(2:17pm) - Martellus Bennett made one of the most impressive touchdown catches of the season. Interfered with by Brandon Browner in the end zone, Bennett reached up as he was being brought down to the ground and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler while prone on his back.

Cutler followed with a two-point conversion pass to make the score 45-15 with :54 left in the third quarter.

Patriots leading 45-7

(1:55pm) - The Patriots picked up in the second half where they left off in the first as Tom Brady's 46-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski widened the margin to 45-7 with 12:42 left in the third quarter. Gronkowski broke a tackle attempt by Ryan Mundy and raced into the end zone.

Second Quarter:

Pats pouring it on

(1:35pm) - New England scored its third touchdown in :57 as Zach Moore sacked Jay Cutler, forcing a fumble that Rob Ninkovich picked up and returned 15 yards for a TD, making the score 38-7 with :55 left in the first half.

New England ahead 31-7

(1:30pm) - The Patriots continued to pour it on as Tom Brady tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell, making the score 31-7 with 1:07 left in the half. The score was set up by Julian Edelman's 42-yard punt return. Brady has thrown four TD passes in the first half.

Pats widen margin to 17

(1:25pm) - Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected again—with a little help from the officials—for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Patriots a 24-7 lead with 1:52 left in the first half.

Gronkowski got two feet down in bounds but the ball clearly hit the ground as he fell. But after a replay review, referee Brad Allen inexplicably ruled that the call stood.

Bears get on the board*

(1:00pm) - The Bears finally awoke as Jay Cutler lofted a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Long, cutting the deficit to 17-7 with 5:32 left in the first half. The TD capped a 5-play, 77-yard drive.

Cutler scrambled to his right and floated the ball perfectly to Forte, who made an over-the-shoulder catch.

Pats up by 17

(12:55pm) -The Patriots increased their lead to 17-0 on Tom Brady's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tim Wright with 8:09 left in the second quarter. New England has scored on all three of its possessions and outgained the Bears 199-37.

Patriots grab 10-0 lead

(12:44pm) - Stephen Gostkowski's 23-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter gave the Patriots a 10-0 lead. The kick capped a methodical 17-play, 68-yard drive.

New England had first-and-goal at the 2. After Shane Vereen's 1-yard run, the Bears stopped Tom Brady on second down and Jonas Gray for no gain on the next two plays.

It appeared the Bears had stopped Gray again on fourth-and-goal, but the Patriots were penalized for a false start on the play and settled for the field goal.

First Quarter:

Patriots take 7-0 lead

(12:15pm) - The Patriots wasted little time getting on the board Sunday as Tom Brady capped New England's first possession of the game with a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The score gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead and capped a five-play, 55-yard drive that came after a Bears punt. Brady lofted the ball in the left corner of the end zone to Gronkowski, who beat tight coverage by safety Ryan Mundy.

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