The Bears were unable to rebound from last week’s letdown in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Kevin White caught a Hail Mary pass as time expired but got tackled just outside the end zone in a stunning development that left the Bears a yard short of forcing overtime.
Mitch Trubisky had a rough day through the air with as many touchdowns as interceptions. He made some big plays on the ground, where he picked up 81 yards on six carries, but it wasn’t enough with Tom Brady doing his thing when the Pats had the ball.
Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Patriots also scored two touchdowns on special teams, including a 95-yard kick return score by Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Bears drop to 3-3 on the season with the loss, while the Patriots improve to 5-2. Relive the Week 7 game here:
Final score: Patriots 38, Bears 31
Patriots 38, Bears 31: What the…. after the defense successfully got a stop but didn’t leave much time on the clock, the Bears completed a Hail Mary to Kevin White as time expired. However, White ended up getting tackled at the one-yard line. Unbelievable. Game over.
Patriots 38, Bears 31: The Bears did what they needed, completing a six-play, 63-yard drive in roughly two minutes to trim the Patriots’ lead down to a touchdown. Trey Burton is in the middle of a big game with nine catches for 126 yards and a score.
Patriots 38, Bears 24: In a turn of events, Kyle Fuller gets an interception off a deflection to give the Bears some life. However, there’s only 6:24 left, so the offense will need to get moving quickly.
Patriots 38, Bears 24: James White scores his second touchdown of the game. The Bears are firmly in trouble at this point.
Patriots 31, Bears 24: Missed tackles galore as Josh Gordon ripped through the defense for a 54-yard gain. New England is a yard away from extending its lead to two touchdowns.
Patriots 31, Bears 24: Another interception thrown by Mitch Trubisky, this time throwing it deep to Anthony Miller. Jonathan Jones made a stellar one-handed catch but he wouldn’t have had a chance at it if Trubisky had not under-thrown the ball. His passing line is now 18-of-38 for 201 yards with one touchdown and two picks.
Third quarter: Patriots 31, Bears 24
Patriots 31, Bears 24: Mitch Trubisky tried to force a play downfield while scrambling near the sideline and ended up with an interception. J.C. Jackson ripped the ball straight out of Josh Bellamy’s hands for the turnover.
Patriots 31, Bears 24: A blocked punt gives the Patriots their second special teams touchdown of the game. Pat O’Donnell stood little chance of getting that ball off after the Bears’ offensive line had a total breakdown.
Bears 24, Patriots 24: The Bears’ pass rush finally delivers on third down to force the Patriots to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
Bears 24, Patriots 21: Tarik Cohen speeds his way to the edge for the six-yard touchdown run to complete a six-play, 58-yard drive.
Patriots 21, Bears 17: Mitch Trubisky may not be slinging ropes today but he’s been fantastic gaining yardage with his feet. This time, it was a 39-yard scamper through the defense that takes the Bears all the way to the Patriots’ 1. Trubisky now has 81 rushing yards in the game.
He’s made a habit of doing this sort of thing, too.
Patriots 21, Bears 17: New England announces coming out of halftime that Sony Michel will not return to the game.
Halftime: Patriots 21, Bears 17
Patriots 21, Bears 17: A puzzling decision to throw it short to Tarik Cohen ends the half with a meaningless 19-yard gain. At least Cohen’s fantasy owners will like that play call.
Patriots 21, Bears 17: A last-minute drive by the Bears has put them at the Pats’ 40 with one second left in the half. It looks like they’re going to attempt a Hail Mary.
Patriots 21, Bears 17: The Bears almost get another huge break when Julian Edelman muffs a punt inside the 10-yard line but the Patriots are able to recover the ball.
Patriots 21, Bears 17: It’s never easy stopping Tom Brady in the red zone and it was no different here as he found James White on third-and-goal for the score.
Bears 17, Patriots 14: Josh Gordon makes a big catch on fourth-and-1 to keep the Patriots moving.
Bears 17, Patriots 14: Huh.
Bears 17, Patriots 14: Well, that’s one way to make up for a fumble. Cordarrelle Patterson gets back for his turnover earlier by returning the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
Bears 17, Patriots 7: Keep it simple sometimes. Jordan Howard plows through the right side of the Patriots’ defense for his second touchdown of the season.
Bears 10, Patriots 7: New England is doing the Bears some favors right now. The Pats defense has committed two penalties and dropped what should’ve been an interception.
Bears 10, Patriots 7: The Bears get aggressive by going for it on fourth-and-4 rather than attempt a long field goal and convert to keep the drive moving.
Bears 10, Patriots 7: Another fumble?!? Bilal Nichols tackles Sony Michel and comes out of the pile of bodies with the ball. Michel needed help being carried off the field by trainers, which makes a bad moment even worse for the Patriots.
First quarter: Bears 10, Patriots 7
Bears 10, Patriots 7: Oh wow. Mitch Trubisky toyed with disaster scrambling behind the line of scrimmage before finding the edge to take it to the house for a touchdown. Sometimes it’s nice to have an awesome athlete at quarterback.
And, yes, that run was as ridiculous as you were thinking:
🏃♂️Run Mitch Run 🏃♂️— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 21, 2018
Per @NextGenStats, Mitch Trubisky covered 71.9 yards of distance on his 8-yard TD run, which is the most distance covered on a run that gained fewer than 50 yards this season.
It was the most distance that a QB has covered on a run this season.#CHIvsNE
Patriots 7, Bears 3: FUMBLE! The first turnover of the game comes when Pats kick returner Cordarelle Patterson loses the ball after getting hit by Nick Kwiatkoski. The 15th takeaway of the season for the Bears gives them the ball at the New England 24.
Patriots 7, Bears 3: Cody Parkey hits a 46-yard field goal to complete an eight-play, 35-yard drive. Mitch Trubisky has been making plays with his feet so far, but he’s just 1-of-6 for 22 yards through the air so far. With that said, he made a good throw on third down that went through Allen Robinson’s hands.
Patriots 7, Bears 0: Kyle Fuller makes a strong play to defend a short pass up the middle on third-and-short to get the Pats’ offense off the field.
Patriots 7, Bears 0: Mitch Trubisky moves the chains for the first time with a 14-yard run up the middle on third down, but the opening drive otherwise doesn’t amount to much. Pat O’Donnell comes out to punt for the first time of the afternoon.
Patriots 7, Bears 0: Sony Michel and James White carried the Patriots into the red zone, then the Bears forced a third-and-1, but Julian Edelman battled his way into the end zone off a screen pass. Tom Brady went 4-of-5 for 45 yards and a score on the drive.
Bears 0, Patriots 0: The Bears win the coin toss for the fifth time in six weeks and yet again defer, so New England opens the game on offense.
Before the game
Welcome back to Chicago, Bears! Your prize for falling short in a hot, humid overtime loss to the Dolphins a week ago is … a matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots! How delightful.
The Bears look to rebound from last week’s heartbreaking 31-28 loss to Miami by returning to Soldier Field to host one of the best teams in the league. It’s going to be a good test of how Matt Nagy’s team responds to adversity after the Week 6 letdown dropped their record to 3-2 on the season.
The Patriots may have shown some vulnerability earlier this season but are coming off a 43-40 win over the Chiefs that ended Kansas City’s unbeaten season. Brady out-dueled Patrick Mahomes in a shootout that showed New England can still put up points with the best of them.
Rob Gronkowski won’t be playing due to injury, which takes away one of Brady’s primary targets in the passing game, but the Patriots still have weapons, including receiver Josh Gordon. This could finally be the former Browns star’s breakout week after getting acclimated into the offense.
The Bears will have Khalil Mack on the field despite an injured right ankle, although it’s unclear how much he’ll play. Allen Robinson is also active after missing practice time throughout the week due to a groin issue.