Time of possession doomed Bears

December, 13, 2010
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Jerry Lai/US PresswireChester Taylor scored the Bears' only touchdown against the Patriots, a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears' offense finished up their long meetings long before the defense, probably because there was fewer film to analyze.

In another staggering statistic to come out of the 36-7 blowout loss to the New England Patriots, the Bears' offense was on the field for only 42 snaps, compared to 78 for the Patriots.
The Patriots easily won the time of possession battle 39:41-20:19.

"It’s kind of hard, not getting a rhythm out there like we did and the turnovers hurt us again," Bears running back Chester Taylor said. "We just can’t make those type of mistakes again."

To make matters worse, the Bears fell behind by so much in the first half, it became impossible to establish any sort of offensive identity against the Patriots.

"That throws off our running game, and then we have to play catch-up and that’s what the Patriots are used to doing -- people playing catch-up with them," Taylor said. "That was our downfall."

Taylor scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, but barely touched the ball the rest of the day. Taylor missed practice earlier in the week with a sore knee, but said he "felt pretty good."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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