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.
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.
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.
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