When the snow flakes start falling, the New England Patriots treat it like a day at the beach.
In wintry conditions that would make for a striking NFL Films backdrop or the cover of an Engelbert Humperdinck holiday album, the Patriots won a 36-7 laugher Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
ESPN Stats & Information found since Tom Brady became the starting quarterback in 2001, the Patriots are 10-0 when it snows during the game. That record includes a 47-7 victory against the eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals with Matt Cassel at quarterback in 2008.
"You just need to bring a certain type of attitude in this type of weather and make sure that you're on top of your game and don't let the elements distract you and really bring it that much more," Patriots receiver Wes Welker said. "For me, it was about getting my mindset right that we were going to go out there and make plays and move the ball."
Brady was magnificent again Sunday.
The MVP favorite shrugged off the snow, cold and wind to complete 27 of his 40 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. It was his sixth straight game with at least two touchdown passes and no interceptions, tying an NFL record.
"I think any quarterback would love to play in 70 degrees, no wind and ideal conditions," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "That's the best for throwing the ball. But we have to play in whatever we get.
"Whatever it is, we can't control that and can't worry about it. We just have to go out there and do the best we can in it. Tom's always done that. I don't think it really bothers him. Whatever it is, he does the best he can and tries to make it work."
As a team, Belichick said excelling in the winter elements comes down to being focused and precise.
"It's probably a combination of mental toughness and execution," Belichick said. "It takes extra concentration. You have to deal with a lot of things. It's less than perfect out there, so you have to find a way to execute the plays you called in whatever conditions you have to play in."