Patriots stop Bears just short, hold on for 38-31 win

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There will be plenty of errors for the Patriots to look at when they study the film of Sunday’s game against the Bears, but they can take some comfort from the fact that they aren’t licking their wounds after a loss.

The Patriots overcame three turnovers and a last gasp throw from Mitchell Trubisky to Kevin White to leave Chicago with a 38-31 win. Trubisky uncorked a ball from near midfield to White, who caught it just short of the end zone and wound up being stopped of a touchdown.

Chicago’s last chance came after the Patriots chose to punt on 4th-and-6 from the Bears’ 33-yard-line with 30 seconds left. Ryan Allen‘s punt went into the end zone and three completions put the Bears in position to try for a miracle. It wasn’t to be and a pair of interceptions by Trubisky earlier in the second half loom even larger given how close the Bears came to catching up to the Patriots.

Tom Brady threw an interception as well — he’s up to seven on the season — and the Patriots lost two fumbles to help the Bears grab a 17-7 lead in the first half. New England was back in the lead by halftime as Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff for a touchdown and James White scored the first of his two touchdowns on the day. They’d add another special teams score when Dont'a Hightower blocked a punt that Kyle Van Noy returned for a touchdown and their play in that phase of the game was essential to the fifth Patriots win of the season.

The Patriots will get an extra day to prepare for the Bills next Monday night and part of that process is going to include figuring out whether they’ll have running back Sony Michel. Michel left with a knee injury in the first half and it looked like the kind of injury that could keep him out for a while.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s condition will also be a hot topic after he missed Sunday’s game due to a reappearance of the back problems that have plagued him throughout his career. That absence didn’t stop the Patriots from winning on Sunday and Josh Gordon had his first 100-yard day as a Patriot, but they’d surely prefer to have his help in the coming weeks.

51 responses to “Patriots stop Bears just short, hold on for 38-31 win

  1. Gordon’s gotta knock that down not try to catch it 🙂

    TREMENDOUS play by Harmon to prevent disaster. Yeah baby!

    5-2. On to Buffalo

  2. Doesn’t matter how good the offense is if the defense can’t do their jobs. This game was a lot closer than it should have been.

  3. Good game by the Bears. Trubinsky has a long way to go. Mack being hurt didn’t help them any he was clearly limited.

    Gordon’s long catch and the way he’s developing with the Pats will have DCs all over the league not happy they have to face that.

  4. How about that bounce back game for the Patriots special teams…AWESOME

    Offense gettin after it per usual, Josh Gordon looking more and more like an absolute hiest from the Browns.

    Defense shady at times, but showed up today played to the very last play literally. There was no chance of Kevin White getting in their on the hail mary well done by Duron Harmon. Given the 31 points I still feel they played well, even though we missed a bunch of oppurtunitys… Elandon Roberts dropping a pic in the end zone that hits him sqaure in the chest.

  5. That was way too close. Brady’s pick and Patterson fumble made the game way closer than what it should have been however special teams and James White really pulled it out. Cannot play like that against the Packers or Vikings. Although seriously Trubisky is terrible.

  6. He’s thrown 4 picks on the season. The three others literally were in the arms of his receivers and bounced out. Hardly a sign of Max Kellerman’s cliff.

  7. “Brady’s pick and Patterson fumble made the game way closer than what it should have been”

    So were the 2 easy INTs Patriot defenders dropped.

  8. Good game by the Bears.
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    Uh no, not even close. Pretty much total failure in all three phases.

  9. orivar says:
    October 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    This isn’t the same Patriots team as years before. They’re vulnerable.
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    What?? Where have you been?
    This is exactly the same Patriots team as the past few years, they are a work in progress and still feeling their way. This team hasn’t rounded into shape and hit it’s real stride until mid November at the earliest for the past few years.

  10. Pats dropped two easy picks. Add in the two fumbles that gave the Bears short fields. Brady’s pick was a bad pass but Devers should have handled it.

    Don’t fumble and catch the picks and this game is just Mitch scrambling around down 3-4 TDs. It should not have been close. The Browns lose a game like this, the Pats do not.

    Trubisky is not the answer. I could never figure out why the Bears thought they had QB solved this off season.

  11. Good road win marred by usual defensive lapses and some unusual coaching lapses. Hard to complain when every other team in the division also lost, but there is still a lot of work to do before this team is worth mentioning next to great NE teams of the past.

  12. 2 touchdowns from the Patriots Special teams. That really cost the Bears, also Tribuski was terribly inaccurate.

  13. pigskingal says:
    October 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Doesn’t matter how good the offense is if the defense can’t do their jobs. This game was a lot closer than it should have been.

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    I thought they played ok. Short fields from turnovers and Clayborn whiffing and not containing 10 (and the refs in the first half were ridiculous) made this score closer than what it should have been.

  14. Another sloppy road game. At least they won. The manipulation of Gilmore’s contract for cap space, and the need for a bit more pass rush and running back depth has me thinking trade. Detroit has Ziggy Ansah and Ameer Abdullah that might be available. Ansah can rush and Abdullah can run and catch, AND, he is a good pass blocker. I think it’s weird that Gronk’s back was listed on the injury report so late in the week and he stayed home. Could the inconceivable be possible? Might he be traded for players and picks? Maybe Ansah, Abdullah, and Ebron? Maybe some picks too? Would Brady and Gronk retire on the spot? Am I a conspiracy theorist?

    Or maybe they try for Ansah and Abdullah without trading Gronk, or maybe they try and get pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence from Dallas and see if they can pick up running back CJ Prosise cheap. Or running back Jordan Howard from the Bears…

    Something is up….More will be revealed….

  15. Trubisky the 2nd best player drafted 2 years ago? He couldn’t find an elephant in a phone booth or an open wide receiver. He was not drafted 2nd as a running back

  16. 38 points allowed, Mack making a huge difference, Raiders hosed the Bears on that trade

  17. Yeah, the 1-2 start got all the hopefuls chatting up the boards….. they seem to have gone away as of late……
    Pats need to get Brady locked up for 2-3 more years, get some young/fast help on D in next years draft & maybe a young stud WR…. hopefully they can lock up Josh & Dorsett for a few years & maybe even Padderson….
    Go Pats!!!

  18. Trubisky didn’t play well, but man are his receivers terrible. One of the picks hit the receiver in the chest and bounced into a Patriots arms. That is on the receiver. Another was a jump ball that the receiver looked like he couldn’t have cared less to challenge for. A few other plays where the receivers put in no effort to go get the ball. Again, Trubisky didn’t look great, but his receivers sure as hell didn’t help.

  19. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Patriots Fans: We’re dominant!

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team.

    This guy: Exactly what I expected, not necessarily exactly how I expected, a tough win. Tough because it looked like NE was not interested in holding onto the football. BTW, Patterson walking backwards into the end zone, unnecessary low character move, especially from that guy.

  20. If the pats can allow what may be the worst nfl qb I have ever seen put up 31on them then maybe the Chiefs ain’t really all that and maybe my bengals have a chance tonight

  21. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Patriots Fans: We’re dominant!

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team.

    —–

    Patriots Haters: The dynasty is over!

    Everyone else: We’ve heard this story before.

  22. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Patriots Fans: We’re dominant!

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team

    Typical jealous a$$ crybaby response

    When the Patriots win it’s because of the refs or the other team sucks
    When the Patriots lose it’s because the Patriots suck.

    I GUARANTEE if you go look up this guys comments from week 2 after the Jags game he was one of the “it’s over” blah blah blah.

    He’s got nothing and he knows it.

  23. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team.
    ——————————————-

    Which is more than the current champs did today.
    So applying your (ahem) logic how bad does losing to the Panthers make Philly?

  24. Patterson walking backwards into the end zone, unnecessary low character move

    I agree. When he stopped to high five a teammate, there should have been Bears there but they had obviously quit on the play, which is even worse than what he did.

  25. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    ^What dynasty? They lost the SB last year if you recall.

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    The one that is relevant and championship contending every year and has won more rings in the last 20 years than most franchises have in their entire history. That one.

  26. “Patterson walking backwards into the end zone, unnecessary low character move”

    I think we can all be sure Belichick an the ST coach will both read him the riot act. Bill hates stuff like that.

  27. Hate to say it but Jon Gruden was right not to overpay for Khalil Mack. Great player but the Patriots still beat the Raiders and the Bears with Khalil Mack on both teams.

  28. The Bears were bad on offense, defense, and special teams. Trubisky looked bad, defense forgot how to tackle for the second week in a row, and special teams were awful. All of that and yet the Bears were one yard away from tying the game. Patriots were definitely better than the Bears but were hardly impressive. It’s a growing season for the Bears but you can definitely see that the Patriots aren’t what they once were, no matter what their fans want to believe.

    Pretty soon the Pats fans will move to Phase 2- no longer able to brag about their team, they’ll consistently talk about how great the old teams were.

  29. “Patterson walking backwards into the end zone, unnecessary low character move“

    ^^^^this^^^^

    I could not believe I saw someone in a Patriots uniform doing that. Thats something other teams do, not the Patriots. Patterson needs to learn he’s not on the Raiders anymore. Im sure several of his team mates have given him some straightening out already. Belichick will wind up having him in for a talk tomorrow. Plus he will get dressed down in the film session.

  30. It makes me laugh when the haters of the GOAT and Hoodie gleefully say that the Patriots were going to get mauled by the Bears defense lead by Khalil Mack. After watching the game two things stand out , Gruden is laughing since he will get some picks and the haters of the GOAT are trying to make excuses why the bears lost against him !

  31. frank booth says:
    October 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm
    The Bears were bad on offense, defense, and special teams. Trubisky looked bad, defense forgot how to tackle for the second week in a row, and special teams were awful. All of that and yet the Bears were one yard away from tying the game. Patriots were definitely better than the Bears but were hardly impressive. It’s a growing season for the Bears but you can definitely see that the Patriots aren’t what they once were, no matter what their fans want to believe.

    Pretty soon the Pats fans will move to Phase 2- no longer able to brag about their team, they’ll consistently talk about how great the old teams were.

    —————————
    Its funny, all that dire predicting, but then its based all on a desire to see suffering on a fan base he hates. No actual football arguments. I would urge to OP to rediscover what sports is about really. First thing he would learn is that the fan base he hates has enjoyed too much extra gravy for too long to be distressed when it finally stops. They are long since into the gratitude phase, and that can’t be taken away.

  32. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Patriots Fans: We’re dominant!

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team.
    ========================
    Coming from somebody who felt 1-2 meant the dynasty was over. Who’s in first place in their division again? Despite not being dominant.

    Pats fans are rubbing it in to the dynasty naysayers. Nothing more. Nothing less. The whole dominant thing is a fabrication made up by fans who despise Pats fans. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  33. TruFBFan says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Patriots Fans: We’re dominant!

    Everyone else: Held on for a win against a non-championship team.
    =============================
    Also conspicuously absent from saying this last week. Weird.

  34. frank booth says:
    October 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Pretty soon the Pats fans will move to Phase 2- no longer able to brag about their team, they’ll consistently talk about how great the old teams were.
    ==================
    You better believe it. Justifiably so.

  35. Coffeehog says:

    October 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    “Patterson walking backwards into the end zone, unnecessary low character move“

    ^^^^this^^^^

    I could not believe I saw someone in a Patriots uniform doing that. Thats something other teams do, not the Patriots. Patterson needs to learn he’s not on the Raiders anymore. Im sure several of his team mates have given him some straightening out already. Belichick will wind up having him in for a talk tomorrow. Plus he will get dressed down in the film session.

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    Huh? that was the lamest example of showboating if that’s what your calling it. He slowed down and celebrated with a teammate as he crossed the goal line with no Bears in sight. Belichick himself even has said he wants players to be excited when they make good plays and when their teammates make good plays. It was hardly the Moss mooning GB celebration. His fumble was bad but at least he made up for it.

  36. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    October 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    ^What dynasty? They lost the SB last year if you recall.
    *********************************

    Seriously, if you don’t call what the Pats have done over the last 18 years a dynasty, then dynasties don’t exist in the NFL. Brady has played in the SB in 1/2 of his years in the league, just let that sink in. Regardless of the outcome, for any team to get to 9 SB’s in 18 years is amazing.

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