After quickly going up 7-0 on the game’s first drive, the New England Patriots’ fortunes quickly turned against the Chicago Bears. The play to start a spiral of negativity for the team was a lost fumble by kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson. New England held on to its returnman, however, and it paid off big time in the second quarter:
Patterson, who was voted to the Pro Bowl twice for his return skills, shows why he is still one of the most electrifying kickoff returners in all of football: he fields the Bears’ short kickoff, quickly builds up speed and makes a terrific cut to get into the open field and to the end zone for what is his sixth career return touchdown.
The touchdown cut into the Bears’ 10-point lead and New England is now down only 17-14 with 10 minutes left in the first half.