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Patriots’ 1st-half assault leaves Bears reeling

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.

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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 then?

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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