The Chicago Bears had chances to beat the mighty New England Patriots. They let the Pats off the hook
I know, when Tom Brady comes into town, we should all expect to hang a loss on the record. However, the Chicago Bears had a chance in this one. It really felt as if they should have won this one. But, they let it slip away.
To start, if you build up a 17-7 lead against the New England Patriots, you have to go for the kill. The Bears did not even give themselves the opportunity to go Brady hunting, as the next kick went back to the house to cut into the defect.
Down 21-17, the mishandled the two-minute drill and twice had chances to put a late drive together before the half without scoring a point.
After scoring to open the half and holding the Patriots to a field goal, it looked like the team settled into the game. Then, they let a punt get blocked and returned for a touchdown. You cannot give Tom Brady two touchdowns on special teams and expect to win.
As hard as that was, the Bears fought back. They put two drives together and saw both end in interceptions. With all of that, they fell literally one yard short of tying the game.
The Bears turned the ball over twice, they allowed 5 third-down conversions and committed five penalties. Those stations would make life tough against New England. When you add in two special teams touchdowns, there is no doubt they were going to fail to climb this uphill battle.
This is a young team from the coach, to the quarterback to defensive talent. They are going to learn from this game. But at this moment, learning doesn’t lead to wins. We will see if the Bears can bounce back and find a win next week.