FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There were vacant stares, afterwards sighs of disbelief. Frustrated reflections accompanied by tough swallows.
All around a visiting locker room during Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening, a Bears seemed confused by a 51-23 pummeling a Patriots had given them.
Players concurred a sting, a humiliation. And when asked to relate a finish of Sunday’s initial half, a widen in that a 10-point New England lead ballooned to 31 in a camber of 57 seconds, a reactions told a story of a once-hopeful deteriorate spiraling into a state of emptiness.
Left tackle Jermon Bushrod sat in front of his locker and shook his head, clearly flourishing dizzier usually meditative about a finish of Sunday’s initial half.
The descent breakdowns. The penalties. The Tom Brady fireworks show.
“It’s tough to describe,” Bushrod said. “It was like if we blinked too long, we were buried. … Honestly, I’ve never been a partial of anything like that. I’ve seen it occur to other teams. But when it happens to you, it’s like ‘Man.’ You can’t even do that kind of things on a video game.”
Willie Young’s eyes widened, as if he had been asked to relate a gnarly automobile wreck.
“It happened fast,” Young said. “It came as discerning as (Brady) was removing absolved of a ball.”
Added associate defensive finish Jared Allen of a Patriots’ one-minute scoring spree: “Goodness. we didn’t know that was humanly possible.
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It would take a Tolstoy-sized book to catalog all a errors a Bears done Sunday. Heck, usually chronicling a breakdowns from those final 3 mins of a initial half requires a poignant time investment.
With 5 minutes, 32 seconds left before halftime, Jay Cutler strike Matt Forte for a 25-yard touchdown pass that pulled a Bears within 17-7. A staggered group during slightest seemed to be clawing for new life.
And afterwards Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown expostulate that finished with a 2-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski.
And afterwards a Bears offense went three-and-out on a array that not usually lasted reduction than 30 seconds though also enclosed a pouch of Cutler and an unnecessary-roughness chastisement on right ensure Kyle Long.
And afterwards Julian Edelman returned a punt 42 yards to a Bears’ 19 with a 10-yard chastisement on Trevor Scott tacked on.
And afterwards Brady immediately threw another touchdown, this one to Brandon LaFell, who was being lonesome by undrafted rookie cornerback Al Louis-Jean.
And afterwards Cutler got sacked again and mislaid a fumble, that Patriots finish Rob Ninkovich scooped and returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
From 17-7 to 38-17. Just like that.
“It felt good during halftime,” Brady said. “Everything was working.”
It was usually a fourth time in NFL story a group had scored 21 points in reduction than a minute, an assault Bears manager Marc Trestman pronounced “was a possess doing.”
“Agonizing,” Cutler added.
There’s small use detailing a rest of Sunday’s action. It all points behind to a near-unanimous outcome after 8 games — that these Bears are a rarely injured group lacking confidence, coherence and adequate peculiarity depth.
And now they’re headed for a full week off, left to digest how badly an upper-echelon group took them detached Sunday — infrequently delicately and methodically like a explosve patrol technician disassembling explosives, infrequently like a sugared-up 10-year-old destroying a birthday jubilee pinata.
The Patriots invulnerability forced a Bears to punt on their initial 3 possessions, with a Bears not using their initial play in New England domain until 7:05 remained before halftime.
Brady, meanwhile, led a Patriots to scores on their initial 6 drives, rang adult 354 flitting yards for a day and, on 35 throws, wound adult with as many TD passes (five) as he had incompletions.
Gronkowski held 9 balls for 149 yards and 3 scores and didn’t play a final entertain and a half.
One group that hopes to turn a long-lived playoff group watched another that has already reached that standing and came divided sobered by a comparisons.
And if a football gods indispensable to expostulate their existence check home, they offering this. With 12:54 left in a third quarter, Brady threw his fifth touchdown pass of a day, a 46-yarder to Gronkowski. The quarterback’s reaction? He jogged to a sideline, offering some discerning congratulations to his parsimonious end, afterwards went behind to speak with coaches.
In a fourth quarter, meanwhile, defensive finish Lamarr Houston finally available his initial pouch as a Bear — with 3:21 left in his eighth diversion with a team. That came opposite rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, with a Bears down 25 points in rubbish time.
Houston’s reaction? He skipped and bounced and delivered a jubilee so charcterised that he jumped and landed awkwardly on his right knee.
Houston crumpled to a belligerent in apparent pain and had to be carted from a sideline to a locker room, left to cruise a probability that his deteriorate was over. Just like that.
At 3-5, a Bears were in a identical boat.
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