Brian Urlacher: Patriots are better

CHICAGO -- Brian Urlacher stands corrected, and he didn't waste any time letting everyone know minutes after the Chicago Bears' 36-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, the linebacker told the Chicago Tribune that the Patriots, now 11-2, may have the best record in the NFL, but Urlacher's Bears are "the best team, period."

"[The Patriots] are the best team in the NFL," Urlacher said on Sunday. "I don't know what I was talking about, but they came in here on our field, our weather and just pounded us. We couldn't stop them."

The Patriots moved the ball against the Bears -- and the frigid conditions at Soldier Field -- with ease on Sunday. Tom Brady passed for a season-high 369 yards. New England racked up 27 first downs, 475 yards and converted on third downs at a 63-percent clip.

The display might have made Urlacher back down from his bold declaration, but it didn't sway his confidence in his team, now 9-4 and atop the NFC North by a game over the Green Bay Packers.

"The reality is we got our butts kicked, but we're still in first place," Urlacher said. "We have to take something out of this. We'll watch the film, we'll learn from it [Monday], but we're still in first place in the NFC North. That's where we wanted to be when the season started, and we still are."