Bill Belichick makes his opening remarks to the media following the Patriots 36-7 win over the Bears.
"I'm proud of our football team today. It was a short week, coming off a tough game against the Jets, and then coming in here and playing the Bears. It was a big challenge for us, but they really rose to the occasion. I'm really proud of our guys on offense for not turning the ball over. It was tough conditions out there, but they did a really good job of protecting the ball for the most part. I know Chicago had a couple of chances to get it there, but overall, we were able to keep the ball. We had good field position and were able to get points on the board early. We took advantage of turnovers and opportunities. Of course, the play to Deion Branch at the end of the half - that was two great players there, making a great play. I really have to give Tom and Deion a lot of credit on that one, for great execution. It's good to win, and it's good to come out here and play well against the Bears. The Bears are a good football team, and I'm sure they have a lot of football left. We will just go back and turn it around against Green Bay."
Vince Wilfork talks about coming off a big win and having the short week to prepare for the Bears
"A short week, playing a division game then having to go on the road with another great football team and the Chicago Bears. We knew they were going to be pretty jacked-up. They are a playoff caliber team. We had to try and get things down in a short amount of time and hopefully we had it today. I think we prepared pretty good and once again when we play that way we played. We always look as a team at what type of practice we had and practices went pretty good. We weren't in pads - just shells and kind of up-tempo walkthrough and I think guys really focused in. It just shows you this team is maturing. Each week we're maturing and we're going to need more of that going down the road. It doesn't stop here and I've told you before good teams find a way to win in December."
- Post Game Notes: Patriots at Bears. Team and player milestones reached, records set and trends continued.
- Erik Scalavino reports the Patriots make it look easy, the way they handled the weather and the Bears.
- Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick (9.05 min.), Tom Brady (4.51 min.), Deion Branch (4.30 min.), Wes Welker (4.06 min.) and Gary Guyton (2.02 min.) Plus transcripts.
- Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Bears.
- Shalise Manza Young recaps the Patriots domination in Chicago this way: In the first half, when New England racked up 33 points, the Bears managed just 33 total yards.
- Ian Rapoport says even the snowstorm couldn't slow down the machine the Patriots have become.
- Greg A. Bedard notes the Patriots have beaten a team soundly in successive straight weeks of poor to terrible weather conditions.
- Ron Borges recaps the beatdown on a Bears team that looked like it had already gone into hibernation.
- Bob Ryan says Chicago's "Bear Weather" was "Just Another Day at the Office" for the Patriots, who rolled up a season-high 475 yards in offense.
- Robert Lee writes the Patriots had ice in their veins the way they coldly sliced through the Bears.
- Karen Guregian says during the past few games we've witnessed a Patriots defense that has essentially spit in the eyes of its detractors.
- Mike Reiss offers some quick-hit thoughts during the game: First quarter - Second quarter - Third quarter - End of game reaction after the final score: Pats 36, Bears 7.
- Mike Petraglia talks about the final play of the first half that called for taking a knee and ended with Deion Branch taking it to the house.
- Tom E. Curran sees this team going from rebuilding to remarkable.
- Daniel I. Dorfman reports the Chicago fans were looking for a statement game from the Bears, and they got one.
- Michael Felger thinks the Patriots are getting a little scary in how good they are.
- Mike Petraglia says 'Tom Brady to Deion Branch' has a super ring to it.
- Jeff Howe mentions the P word as the Patriots punch their playoff ticket in their route of the Bears.
- Troy Brown explains why this Patriots team might be better than any of the Super Bowl teams he played with. (2.22 min. video)
- Mike Reiss describes the special elation in the locker room last night, with Belichick mingling with the players and reporters after the game.
- Mike Reiss feels Tom Brady strengthened his MVP candidacy with yesterday's win over Chicago.
- Mike Reiss reports Devin McCourty left the game in the 2nd quarter with a rib injury, but told reporters that he was "OK" as he walked out of the locker room.
- Monique Walker focuses on Gary Guyton and says critics of the Patriots defense have to give them credit for its ability to cause turnovers.
- Boston Globe Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady is pretty darn good in the cold and snow; Devin McCourty left the game with a rib injury; The D is treating the loss of Brandon Spikes with a 'next man up' attitude; Vince Wilfork says Spikes' teammates have his back; Deion Branch and Wes Welker were the first Pats WRs to reach 100 yards each in the same game this season; DE Eric "Who is that guy?" Moore made his Patriots debut with a strip-sack of Jay Cutler and four tackles; Shayne Graham made all 3 FGs and missed 1 extra point in the blustery conditions; Rob Gronkowski scored his 7th TD; Injury updates.
- Tom E. Curran offers five thoughts from Patriots-Bears.
- Dan Duggan offers the Best & Worst of Patriots vs. Bears.
- Kirk Minihane lists what went right and what went wrong for the Patriots in Chicago.
- Tom E. Curran and Mary Paoletti offer the Best & Worst from the Patriots on Sunday.
- NFL Game Center - New England Patriots at Chicago Bears. Recap, analysis, stats and that nifty highlight video.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Eagles feature NFL's most exciting player; spygate hasn't slowed Pats.
- Don Banks (SI) The dominant Patriots are the title favorites -- and it's not even close.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Patriots surging at the right time.
- Dennis Dillon (Sporting News) Pats power: There's no doubt about NFL's top team.
- Les Carpenter (Yahoo! Sports) Belichick's cold demeanor keeps Patriots hot.
- Judy Battista (NY Times) In snowy conditions, a Patriots wonderland.
- Toni Monkovic (NY Times) Videos of the Patriots in the snow. With Brady at QB, Patriots have been a great bad-weather team.
- John Clayton (ESPN) Week 14: Surging Patriots, Brady clearly superior.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Jets strength coach trips Dolphins player.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Week 14 judgments: Jets are coming apart at the seams.
- Dan Pompei (Nat'l Football Post) Sunday Blitz: Belichick's secret weapon, and more.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Week 14 winners and losers.
- Jonathan Comey (Cold Hard Football Facts) 10 things we learned in Week 14.
VIEW FROM CHICAGO
- Brad Biggs (Chicago Tribune) In Bears' loss to Patriots, snow can do.
- Larry Mayer (ChicagoBears.com) Bears throttled by Patriots in all three phases.
- Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune) Bears' defense unable to warm to challenge.
- Fred Mitchell (Chicago Tribune) Patriots a mentally tough bunch.
- Brad Biggs (Chicago Tribune) Get little things right or Patriots will do you wrong.
- Vaughn McClure (Chicago Tribune) On replay, Knox loses ball, argument. Admits he has to do better job 'protecting the football'.
- David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) Cold comfort: Bears still in 1st but don't measure up to Pats.
- Larry Mayer (ChicagoBears.com) Bears don't blame weather for disappointing performance.