CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears fans did their best to take the howling winds and falling snow in stride Sunday, even though the Bears ended up getting clobbered by the New England Patriots.

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Hundreds of fans were out tailgating outside Solder Field Sunday. The conditions didn’t faze tailgater Mark Holda of Palos Heights, who called his experience, “awesome.”

“Fifty mile-an-hour winds and 4 inches of snow, baby! Yeah!” Holday said.

The tailgating fans got the propane heaters going and showed up to tough it out.

“Usually we have 20 more people.  But the weather has sullied our festivities,” said tailgate chef Darrell Slomiany of Chicago.

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Slomiany didn’t think the weather was that brutal.

“It’s not bad.  It’s a little windy but we’ve done this in worse.”

How much worse?

“Against the Packers two years ago.  Our propane actually froze in the line, it was that cold.”

The tailgate fires were notenough to melt away the Patriots’ play, and snowy conditions on the field.

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The Patriots scored early and often and were equally unfazed by the adverse weather conditions. They beat the Bears 36-7.