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Monday, December 6, 2010
Defenses dominated last Bears-Pats game

By Jeff Dickerson

Rex Grossman V. Patriots
Rex Grossman had a rough outing against Rosevelt Colvin and the Patriots on Nov. 26, 2006.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Encounters between the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots have been few and far between in the Lovie Smith era.

The last meeting against New England occurred on Nov. 26, 2006, when the Pats outlasted the Bears 17-13 in Foxboro, Mass., in a game that featured nine turnovers (four by the Bears, five by the Patriots).

Long before Jay Cutler's four-interception debacle against DeAngelo Hall in Week 7, former Bears quarterback Rex Grossman pulled a similar stunt, tossing three picks to then-New England cornerback Asante Samuel. Grossman also fumbled the ball on the Patriots' 5-yard and finished the game with a disastrous 23.7 quarterback rating.

The Bears' defense, however, made life just as miserable for Tom Brady, who was intercepted twice by Charles Tillman. New England also fumbled the ball three times, but pulled away in the fourth quarter for good on a Benjamin Watson 2-yard touchdown reception.

"We had a chance to win that game," Bears safety Chris Harris said. "I think we lost 17-[13], if I’m not mistaken. It was a very hard-fought, tough game. Holding them to 17 points defensively-wise, they had a good offense then and have a good offense now. I don’t think they had Wes Welker then. He’s a significant part of their offense. We're going to have to find a way to keep him under wraps as well.

"Tom Brady is a future Hall of Famer, maybe a first-ballot guy when he’s finished playing. He’s arguably the greatest quarterback in the league. They have the weapons around him on offense. They have the young defense that’s coming along. It’s going to be a pretty good game [Monday night], and I’m expecting a pretty good game next Sunday."