FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady gave the staggering Chicago Bears plenty to yell about.
The streaking quarterback threw five scoring passes in one of the best games of his brilliant career and the New England Patriots cruised to a 51-23 win on Sunday.
New England (6-2) scored on all five of its possessions in the half — and one of Chicago’s — on its way to its fourth straight win. The Bears (3-5) fell behind 45-7 early in the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Bears came to town after a tumultuous week that began with a 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins. Afterward, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was heard screaming in an emotional locker room. Coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler downplayed the postgame scene during the week.
Whatever happened, it didn’t help the Bears play better.
Brady completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards. He threw three scoring passes to Rob Gronkowski and one each to Tim Wright and Brandon LaFell.
Defensive end Rob Ninkovich scored with 55 seconds left in the first half on a 15-yard return of Cutler’s fumble, the Patriots third touchdown in 57 seconds.