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Snow Mercy

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    New England Patriots defensive tackle Gerard Warren, front right, and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, bottom left, combine to sack Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the first half of an NFL football game in the snow in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    The Patriots were not bothered by the bad weather Sunday at Soldier Field. The Bears were, and New England stormed through Chicago 36-7.

    With snow falling and hard winds blowing for the entire game, Brady and the Patriots offense put on a scoring clinic. They had a monster second quarter, which consisted of five scores, and a a 33-0 lead going halftime.

    One of Brady's best throws was in the last play of the second quarter, when he hit Deion Branch for a 59-yard touchdown. Branch was one of Brady's favorite targets, pulling down eight catches for 151 yards. Brady finished the game 27-40 for 369 yards.

    The Bears defense looked befuddled, letting Brady and company run roughshod over them. Three separate times, the Bears tipped a pass that should have been an interception, but the defense couldn't finish. They did manage to sack Brady three times, but it didn't matter.

    The offense was just as bad. Jay Cutler threw two interceptions and was 12 for 26, ending the game with a 32.9 quarterback rating. Johnny Knox fumbled a catch that was taken back for a touchdown. Both of Cutler's returns came when the Bears were driving to score. The only score came on the ground, as Chester Taylor capitalized on a long Matt Forte catch.

    The one bright spot for the Bears is that the Packers also lost, so the Bears didn't lose any ground in the NFC North. But if this game was a measuring stick for how Chicago can handle the best of the NFL, the Bears came up short.