New England Patriots

The New England Patriots escaped Chicago with a 38-31 win over the Bears at Soldier Field, stopping Mitchell Trubisky from a potential game-tying Hail Mary touchdown. Bears receiver Kevin White caught the final desperation throw, but couldn’t quite cross the plane of the goal line.

The Patriots improved to 5-2 with the win, with a road game at the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football coming up in Week 8. Check below for highlights from our live updates and instant analysis from the game, and click here for initial postgame thoughts.

Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles with the ball in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports


Highlights


— Sony Michel never returned to the game after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury at the start of the second quarter.

FINAL: Patriots 38, Bears 31. Kevin White caught a last-second Hail Mary throw from Mitchell Trubisky, but gets stood up at the 1-yard line by Duron Harmon and multiple other Patriots defenders. The Bears came that close to potentially forcing overtime, but they ultimately didn’t make quite as many plays as the Patriots did in a wild affair in Chicago. (Full Postgame Thoughts)

Q4, 4:13: Bears make it 38-31 after Mitchell Trubisky finds Trey Burton wide open in the end zone. Late breakdown by the Patriots defense, but hopefully not bad enough to doom them in the end. Brady gets the ball back with a chance to ice it.

Q4, 8:40: The Patriots finally extend their lead, as a dynamic 55-yard catch-and-run by Josh Gordon sets up a first-and-goal for the Patriots. James White catches the “pass” from Tom Brady, who drops it off to the running back as he does the rest. Big drive with big plays for the Patriots, and another big-time play for Gordon as he made multiple defenders miss after he made the catch and nearly made the touchdown himself.

Q4, 13:05: Another interception for the Patriots secondary. Jonathan Jones makes a spectacular grab deep down the field as Mitchell Trubisky was looking for Anthony Miller. Tom Brady gets yet another chance to capitalize on a turnover by the Bears and another great play in coverage by the Patriots. Defense and special teams are making a major difference.

Q3, 1:24: Bears force the Patriots to punt after Josh Gordon can’t come up with the catch. The Patriots stall out after forcing a turnover against Trubisky.

Q3, 3:33: J.C. Jackson comes up with a big interception on third down against Mitchell Trubisky. Jackson beat Joshua Bellamy to the football and kept his hands under it as he rolled to the ground, completing the pick for New England. Jackson makes a big-time play after an undisciplined game so far, committing three penalties.

Q3, 5:53: Dont’a Hightower blocks the punt, and Kyle Van Noy picks it up and runs it in for the touchdown. Patriots lead 31-24 in the third, on the strength of two special teams scores and two more from Tom Brady. Major miscues from both teams have resulted in some wild swings.

Q3, 7:48: All of a sudden, the Patriots feature Chris Hogan, who makes three catches on a drive that almost finds the end zone. However, Tom Brady has to tuck the ball and duck for a sack on third down as the Bears force a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Tie game, 24-24.

Q3, 12:04: A penalty by Nate Ebner sets up the Bears with good starting field position, and they take it all the way to the end zone on the strength of a ridiculous 39-yard run by Mitchell Trubisky. The Patriots may be OK with Trubisky gaining yards here and there, but 39 yards almost to the end zone? After Stephon Gilmore narrowly misses an interception, Tarik Cohen finds an opening around the edge to the pylon for the touchdown. Tom Brady gets the ball back with the Patriots trailing once again, and the defense simply needs to be better tackling Trubisky.

— The Patriots have officially ruled Sony Michel out for the rest of the game with a knee injury. He needed help off the field to the medical tent, then got carted to the locker room.

Halftime Quick Thoughts: If not for the offensive turnovers, the Patriots could have a bigger lead against the Bears. … Tom Brady and the offense have completed some big plays, but it’s also been a grind for a banged-up group on the road against a talented defense. … Josh Gordon’s fourth-down catch was the biggest play of the game so far, as it kept the chains alive and led to the Patriots’ third touchdown of the day. … Sony Michel’s potentially serious knee injury unfortunately hangs over this game. The obvious fear is a torn ACL, until reported otherwise. … Kenjon Barner has looked solid since stepping in for the injured Michel. The Patriots had some good play designs for him. … The defense has come up with some stops and made Mitchell Trubisky uncomfortable. Despite the touchdown run for the QB, the Patriots are probably content with him running as long as he can’t throw it. Plus, Khalil Mack has been mostly invisible, and that’s nothing new for the Patriots.

Q2, 0:22: Patriots forced to punt after a decent-looking drive stalls out on third-and-2. Prince Amukamara immediately sniffed out the screen to Julian Edelman. Phillip Dorsett made a catch and Kenjon Barner made a few good runs for the Patriots, but it wasn’t quite enough to get into field goal range.

Q2, 3:58: After a stop by the defense, the Patriots take a 21-17 lead after a 12-play drive that goes 64 yards for the touchdown. James White caught the TD from Tom Brady. Josh Gordon made the biggest play of the drive, though, with an acrobatic 23-yard catch on fourth-and-1.

Q2, 10:48: Redemption for Cordarrelle Patterson. The return man gets good blocking, makes one guy miss and he’s gone, taking it 95 yards for the touchdown. Patriots cut the Bears’ lead to 17-14 after Patterson makes up for his first-quarter fumble.

Q2, 11:05: Jordan Howard burrows in from two yards out on second-and-goal, and the PAT is good as the Bears take a 17-7 lead over the Patriots in the second.

— Patriots announce that running back Sony Michel is questionable to return to the game with a knee injury.

Q2, 14:51: Sony Michel fumbles and the Bears recover, but the running back appeared to injure his leg or ankle. He got helped off the field and appeared to be in significant pain. He eventually got carted off to the locker room.

Q1, 0:59: Mitchell Trubisky circles around in the pocket to escape pressure, then runs it all the way into the end zone from eight yards out. PAT is good and the Bears take a 10-7 lead off the turnover by Cordarrelle Patterson.

Q1, 3:44: A potentially huge turnover for the Patriots. Right after holding the Bears to a field goal, Cordarrelle Patterson loses the football on a rare kick return opportunity. The ball simply popped out of his hands just as he met first contact. Kick returns are the one thing Patterson can do at a high level; fumbling in his spot to shine is as bad as it gets for him.

Q1, 3:50: Bears have to settle for a field goal after Mitchell Trubisky’s third-down throw to Allen Robinson falls incomplete. Promising drive for the Bears, which included a 22-yard catch for Trey Burton. They’ll have to hope that doesn’t come back to bite them.

Q1, 7:35: Much better second drive for the Bears defense, who stopped the Brady-to-Edelman connection on two of three plays. Julian Edelman felt like he caught the ball when it was ruled incomplete on first down, but they were forced to retry it on second. Tom Brady couldn’t thread the needle on third-and-2 to Edelman thanks to tight coverage by Kyle Fuller. Bears D gives the offense a chance to knot the game back up.

Q1, 8:35: Sort of like the offense’s opening drive, the Patriots defense made a bunch of good plays and just one bad one. They brought a lot of pressure on Mitchell Trubisky, including a corner blitz by Jonathan Jones that rushed him into an errant throw that was almost intercepted. Trey Flowers is getting a good push to start the game, wrapping up Jordan Howard for a short gain and batting down a third-down throw by Trubisky. Great start for the Patriots on both sides of the ball.

Q1, 11:00: Unbelievably easy first drive for the Patriots. Besides one play blown up by DT Bilal Nichols, Tom Brady had his way with this formidable Bears defense. Quick passes and a little trickery will be the recipe for Josh McDaniels today, and it worked to a T on the opening drive. They also made the run game work with Sony Michel, as the Bears opened up the game in Nickel. It’s clear that the Bears are going to have to make some quick adjustments before Brady continues to pick them apart.

— The Patriots and Bears released their inactive players via Twitter:


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