Patriots Destroy The Bears

Brady, Patriots pound Bears 36-7

AP Sports Writer
      CHICAGO (AP) – Tom Brady threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns,
and the New England Patriots locked up their eighth playoff berth
in 10 years with a 36-7 pounding of the Chicago Bears on a snowy,
blustery, bone-chilling Sunday.
      The win was the fifth straight for the Patriots (11-2), and this
one was no less impressive than their 45-3 rout of the New York
Jets on Monday night. They wasted little time blowing it open,
grabbing a 33-0 halftime lead and sending coach Bill Belichick to
his 174th career win. That put him in a tie for 10th place with
Mike Holmgren.
      Brady was brilliant again despite the brutal conditions, picking
apart the league's third-ranked defense. He completed 27 of 40
passes and went without an interception for the eighth straight
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