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The Longest Yard

Updated: Oct 22, 2018

In a wild 1:00 PM kick-off, the trusty New England Patriots stood tall on the road and came out with a victory against the Chicago Bears. Brady, as per usual, was excellent; but the Patriots special teams stole the show, scoring two touchdowns of their own. Here's the tale of the tape:

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After scoring the opening touchdown, the Patriots struggled in the first quarter, fumbling the pigskin twice in two possessions -- both of which led to Chicago touchdowns. Chicago steamrolled through the middle portion of the half with a 17-0 run.

During the Bears' hot streak, quarterback Mitch Trubisky pulled off his finest Patches O'Hoolahan from Dodgeball impersonation and dodged, ducked, dipped, dived and dodged from any and all Patriot defenders. Chicago's first touchdown came via an 8 yard run by Mitch in which he must have ran a mile and half to merely go 24 feet forward for the score.

The Bears' offensive line was poor all afternoon and hung Trubisky out to dry time after time. Luckily, he channeled his inner Mike Vick for some impressive pocket escapes. He even sprinted for an impromptu 35 yard run, capped off by a slot-receiver style cutback to put Chicago in prime position for another score.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Trubisky's whimsical performance wouldn't be enough to cover up for the follies of the special teams unit.

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After taking a 17-7 lead, Pats' return man Cordarelle Patterson erupted for a 95 yard kickoff return, slicing the lead to 17-14. At that point, a lava of deflation cascaded over fans at Soldier Field. New England ended the first half with another touchdown: a 5 yard pass from Brady to running back James White.

Chicago and Magic Mitch clawed back with a touchdown of their own to open the second half and retake the lead -- a feat short-lived due to a tying field goal on New England's next possession.

The next scoring play was another manufactured by the Patriots' special teams as Kyle Van Noy returned a blocked punt for 6 points near the end of the third quarter. A frustrating day in that department for Chicago was only confounded after another major blunder. They were down 31-24.

In the fourth stanza, Trubisky and the Chicago offense appeared out-of-sorts and failed to get anything going until after New England took a late and commanding 14 point lead on the heels of a 96 yard scoring drive.

Trubisky notched a final touchdown with just over two minutes left and the ball-game winding down. However, the Bears got one final shot at a game-tying score on the last play of the game. Mitch brewed a final batch of his magic and heaved the rock 54 yards downfield and Kevin White hauled it in . . . at the one yard line. Pats' defenders swarmed him and that was the game. Close but no cigar.

A wild, wild contest saw a strangely heartbreaking ending for one side, and a sweat-beads-forming-on-your-forehead finale for the other side, the winning side: New England.

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