Tom Brady continued his incredible late-season run on Sunday at Soldier Field with 369 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 36-7 romp over the Bears. He has now thrown 268 passes without an interception, the third-best streak in NFL history. 

 

"There's a long way to go I don't think anything's been accomplished yet. We don't sit here and think we've got it all figured out." Brady said of the playoff-clinching rout. 

 

The play that will be recalled as the one that put away the Bears as time ran out in the first half Sunday almost never happened.

 

Deion Branch caught a 59-yard 'hitch and go' route from Tom Brady down the left sideline as time expired in the first half. But Branch said there was "a lot of yelling" on the Patriots sideline with one coach yelling out for Brady to take a knee with a 27-0 lead. 

 

In the moments following their 36-7 win over the Bears at Soldier Field, Deion Branch said it's nice to have clinched a spot in the playoffs but that is hardly their end goal. 

 

Bill Belichick met with the media following the Patriots' 36-7 win over the Bears on Sunday in Chicago. Belichick was understandably pleased with the effort of his team, now an NFL-best 11-2.

 

"The credit goes to the players," Belichick said. "They executed and did the things we needed to do. They've done it before and they've stepped up and did it again today. I'm really proud of the way they performed."

 

From the opening drive of the game, Tom Brady and the Patriots ran the Bears right out of their stadium in a 36-7 beatdown at a snowy Soldier Field, clinching an AFC playoff berth. Linebacker Gary Guyton returned a Johnny Knox fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and intercepted Jay Cutler. The Patriots improved to 10-0 in snow games all-time with Bill Belichick as their coach. 

 

Five others have joined the injured trio of Jonathan Wilhite, Mike Wright and Myron Pryor as Patriots inactive players for today's game in Chicago. 

 

Newcomer Chevis Jackson, a cornerback signed on Friday, is inactive as are WR Taylor Price, RB Thomas Clayton, offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger and Mark LeVoir. 

 

As expected, on Saturday night the Patriots downgraded three players to out for Sunday's game against the Bears in Chicago — cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, as well as defensive linemen Myron Pryor and Mike Wright. All three have been hampered by injury issues over the last few weeks, with Wilhite dealing with a hip problem, Pryor with a back issue and Wright with a concussion he suffered late last month against the Colts. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes' positive test for performance enhancers was due to amphetamines in a medicine designed to fight attention deficit disorder, according to a report from Comcast New England. Spikes, who was suspended for the rest of the regular season because of the infraction, issued a statement through the team about what happened on Friday. "The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me.

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The Bears have ruled linebacker Piso Tinoisamoa out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Here's their complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
LB Piso Tinoisamoa (knee) Out

Full Participation
LB Nick Roach (back) Questionable

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