Sunday, December 12, 2010
Second quarter: Patriots 33, Bears 0
By Jeff Dickerson
Matt Forte and the Bears have struggled to get anything going against the Patriots.
CHICAGO -- The New England Patriots dominated the Chicago Bears on both sides of the ball to take a 33-0 halftime lead on a cold, windy and snowy day at Soldier Field.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 59-yard scoring pass to Deon Branch as time expired in the first half. The Bears' defense totally collapsed on that final play, allowing Branch a free path the end zone behind cornerback Charles Tillman and a late arriving safety.
New England multi-purpose back Danny Woodhead scored on a 3-yard run earlier in the quarter.
The Patriots had 273 total yards and 15 first downs.
On the other hand, the Patriots' defense completely shut down Mike Martz's offense, holding the Bears to an embarrassing 33 yards in the first half. The Bears were unable to protect the football, turning it over twice, which led to 10 additional New England points.
After a short completion, Bears receiver Johnny Knox was stripped by Patriots rookie corner Devin McCourty, and the live ball was scooped up by linebacker Gary Guyton who ran it back 35 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the half, Jay Cutler was sacked and fumbled the ball inside his own 10-yard line, which ultimately resulted in a Shane Graham 25-yard field goal.
Graham added another field goal (30 yards), set up by a 42-yard punt return by New England's Julian Edelman.
Edelman also had a 71-yard punt return touchdown called back because of a holding penalty, thus saving the Bears from further humiliation.