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    Patriots score three times in 57 seconds during second quarter vs. Bears

    epa04465132 New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (R) catches a touchdown pass as Chicago Bears defensive back Al Louis-Jean (L) defends during the first half at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA 26 October 2014. EPA/CJ GUNTHER
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    Brandon LaFell caught a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter over Bears defensive back Al Louis-Jean.

    The Patriots scored 31 points in the second quarter vs. the Bears Sunday, including three touchdowns in less than a minute, to build a 38-7 lead before halftime.

    After quarterback Tom Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:52 left in the second quarter, the Patriots forced a punt on Chicago’s next possession.

    Foxborough, MA 10/26/14 New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski hauls in a touchdown reception beating Chicago Bears Shea McClellin during second quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 26, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: PatriotsBears Reporter:
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    Rob Gronkowski’s second touchdown reception came on a fade pattern.

    A 42-yard return, plus a penalty on the Bears, gave the Patriots the ball on the Chicago’s 9-yard line. On the Patriots’ next play, Brady hit Brandon LaFell for a touchdown that made it 31-7 with 1:07 left in the second quarter.

    Foxborough, MA 10/26/14 New England Patriots Brandon LaFell hauls in a touchdown reception beating Chicago Bears Al Louis-Jean during second quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 26, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: PatriotsBears Reporter:
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    Brandon LaFell scored on the first play after the Patriots returned a punt to the Bears’ 9-yard-line.
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    On the Bears’ first play after receiving the kickoff, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler fumbled, and defensive end Rob Ninkovich recovered and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown with :55 left.

    The 38 points allowed in the first half were the most in Bears franchise history.

    New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) scores a touchdown cornerback Logan Ryan (26) after recovering a fumble by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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    Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and returned it for a touchdown.

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