PATRIOTS BECOME FIRST TEAM SINCE 1970 AFL-NFL MERGER TO SCORE THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN LESS THAN ONE MINUTE ON TWO OCCASIONS
The Patriots scored three touchdowns in a 57-second span during the final two minutes of the first half against Chicago to turn a 17-7 lead into a 38-7 lead. It was the fastest three-touchdown flurry in the NFL since the Patriots had three touchdowns in 52 seconds against the New York Jets on November 22, 2012. The Patriots are one of three teams to score three touchdowns in under a minute since the 1970 merger, and are the only team to have achieved the feat twice.
The New England Patriots take on the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
NFL TEAMS TO SCORE THREE TDS IN LESS THAN 1 MINUTE*
*2014 New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears (10-26-14)
2012 New England Patriots at New York Jets (11-22-12)
2002 Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings (9-29-02)
1998 Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers (10-4-98)
How The Patriots Scored Three Touchdowns in 57 Seconds—
- Rob Gronkowski got the scoring started by hauling in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 1:57 left in the first half to make the score 24-7 and cap off a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
- After the Patriots defense forced a quick three-and-out, a 43-yard Julian Edelman punt return gave New England possession at the Chicago 9-yard line, and Brady found Brandon LaFell for a 9-yard touchdown on the next play to give the Patriots a 31-7 lead with 1:07 left in the first half.
- On the Bears' first play following the LaFell touchdown, Zach Moore forced a Jay Cutler fumble that was recovered by Rob Ninkovich and returned for a 15-yard touchdown and a 38-7 Patriots lead with 55 seconds left in the first half.
PATRIOTS EXTEND STREAK TO 13 STRAIGHT OVER THE NFC NORTH; LONGEST WINNING STREAK OF ANY TEAM AGAINST A DIVISION
The Patriots extended their streak to 13 straight wins against NFC North teams with the win over Chicago. Since realignment in 2002, their only loss against the current NFC North was on Oct. 13, 2002, when they dropped a 28-10 decision at home against the Green Bay Packers in their very first game against the reconfigured division. The Patriots streak is the longest current streak any NFL team has against another division. Kansas City had the second longest streak at 10 straight wins against the NFC West until losing at San Francisco earlier this year.
PATRIOTS IMPROVE ON BEST INTRA CONFERENCE RECORD SINCE 2002
The Patriots are now 41-9 vs. NFC clubs since 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.
The Patriots have been very successful in the final two minutes of the first half in 2014. In seven of the first eight games this season, New England has scored in the final two minutes of the games, including three field goals as time has expired. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in the final two minutes against the Bears today.
PATRIOTS ARE WICKED GOOD IN OCTOBER
The Patriots are an NFL-best 41-9 in the month of October since the 2003 season. New England's last home loss in October was on Oct. 2, 2005 in a 41-17 loss vs. San Diego. The Patriots are 25-1 in October home games since 2003.
THE PATRIOTS GOOD WITH NO INTERCEPTIONS
The Patriots have thrown just two interceptions in the first eight games of the 2014 season. Since 2002, the Patriots are an NFL-best 94-11 (.895) when not throwing an interception.
PATRIOTS PLAY 100th REGULAR-SEASON GAME AT GILLETTE
Today's game was the Patriots' 100th regular-season game at Gillette Stadium. New England is now 85-15 at the facility since it opened in 2002, which is the best home record in the NFL over that span. Baltimore has the second best home record over that span (76-24).
PATRIOTS WIN 13th STRAIGHT HOME GAME
The Patriots won their 13th consecutive home game. The Patriots have not lost a regular-season home game since December 16, 2012, when San Francisco left Foxborough with a 41-34 win. The NFL record for most consecutive home victories is 27, achieved by Miami from 1971-74.
MOST CONSECUTIVE HOME VICTORIES (Current Streaks)
New England 13
New Orleans 10
PATRIOTS EXTEND STREAK TO 45 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES WITH AT LEAST 1 TD PASS
The Patriots extended their streak 45 straight home games with at least one touchdown pass, the longest streak in post-merger NFL history, with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Qb Tom Brady to TE Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter. New Orleans has the second longest streak with 40, including today's games. The last time the Patriots did not have a touchdown pass in a home game was in a 33-10 loss vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 30, 2008.
PATS HAVE WON 71 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
The Patriots have now won 71 straight home games when leading at halftime, adding to their NFL record. The last time the Patriots lost at home after leading at halftime was on Dec. 24, 2000 (vs. Miami) when they Patriots lost 27-24 after leading 21-17 at halftime. Today, the Patriots were leading 38-7 at halftime and won the game 51-23.
PATRIOTS' 17-PLAY, 7:05 DRIVE THAT LED TO A 23-YARD FIELD GOAL IS NEW ENGLAND'S LONGEST OF THE SEASON
The Patriots' 17-play, 7:05 drive at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter is the longest drive of 2013. The Patriots had a 15-play drive vs. Oakland on Sept. 21 and a 6:49 drive on Sept. 14 at Minnesota. The last time the Patriots had a drive longer than 17 plays was when they had a team-record 20-play, 12:12 drive vs. Jacksonville on Dec. 27, 2009. That drive ended when the team turned the ball over on downs at the five-yard line with 29 seconds to play in a 35-7 win.
PATRIOTS DEFENSE DOES WELL
The Patriots defense is the only one in the NFL that has not allowed a pass play of over 40 yards. The longest pass the Patriots have allowed was when Cincinnati QB Jason Campbell completed a 38-yard pass to WR Jeremy Hill on Oct. 5, 2014.
PATRIOTS IMRPOVE TO FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES WITH NO TURNOVERS
The Patriots did not turn the ball over against Chicago, marking their fourth consecutive game without a turnover. In 2010, the Patriots set an NFL record with seven straight games without committing a turnover.
PATRIOTS START 6-2 OR BETTER FOR 13th TIME IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots are off to a 6-2 record. It is the 13th time in team history that they have started the season with at least six wins in their first eight games of the season.
PATRIOTS SCORE 38 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF
The Patriots scored 38 points in the first half, as they took a 38-7 halftime lead. The 38 first-half points rank third in team history, trailing only the team-record 45 points in the first half of a 59-0 victory over Tennessee on Oct. 18, 2009, and the 42 first-half points in a 49-28 win at Miami on Oct. 21, 2007.
PATRIOTS TOP 50 POINTS FOR 13th TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY; EIGHTH TIME SINCE 2007
The Patriots scored 51 points against the Bears, marking the 13th time in franchise history that they have broken the 50-point barrier. New England has topped 50 points eight times since 2007. Prior to today, the last time the Patriots broke the 50-point mark was on Nov. 3, 2013, in a 55-31 win over Pittsburgh. The Patriots' franchise record for most points in a game is 59, achieved twice – on Nov, 18, 2012 against Indianapolis (59-24) and on Oct. 16, 2009 vs. Tennessee (59-0).
BRADY HAS SECOND HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE IN TEAM HISTORY
Tom Brady completed 30-of-35 passes (85.7%) for 354 yards and five touchdowns. Brady's 85.7 percent completion rate is the second highest single-game completion percentage in Patriots history (minimum 20 attempts), trailing only Brady's 88.5 percent completion rate against Jacksonville on Dec. 27, 2009 (23-for-26). Brady's performance marks the highest completion percentage in franchise history for a passer who attempted at least 30 passes in a game. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to have a game with a completion percentage of 85 percent or better, 350 or more passing yards, five or more touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also achieved the feat on Oct. 16, 2009 vs. Tennessee when he completed 85.3 percent of his passes (29of-34) for 380 yards and six touchdowns and no interceptions.
BRADY THROWS FIVE TD PASSES (HIS MOST IN 5 YEARS)**
Tom Brady had a season-high five touchdown passes, marking his highest single-game touchdown pass total since October 19, 2009 against Tennessee, when Brady had six scoring passes. Brady has now thrown for five or more touchdown passes in a game six times in his career. He has thrown a career-high six touchdown passes on two occasions.
BRADY THROWNS FOUR FIRST HALF TOUCHDOWNS
Tom Brady threw four first half touchdowns. He now has 21 games with four or more touchdowns and is tied with Dan Marino for fourth all-time for most games with four or more touchdowns. Brady's 17 games with four or more touchdowns and no interceptions are tied with Drew Brees and Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.
BRADY HAS BIG FIRST HALF
Tom Brady completed 18-of-21 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. The four touchdown first half performance marked the fifth time in Brady's career that he has thrown four or more touchdowns before halftime. The last time Brady had at least four touchdown passes at halftime was on October 18, 2009 against Tennessee, when Brady had five first-half touchdowns in a 59-0 Patriots win. Brady also had five first-half touchdown passes on Oct. 21, 2007 at Miami and had four first-half touchdown tosses on Dec. 27, 2003 against Buffalo and on Nov. 18, 2007 at Buffalo.
BRADY IMPROVES TO 4-0 AGAINST THE BEARS
Tom Brady improved to a 4-0 record against the Chicago. Brady is undefeated against eight NFL teams: Chicago (4-0). Minnesota (4-0), Atlanta (4-0), Jacksonville (4-0), Dallas (3-0), Detroit (3-0), Philadelphia (3-0) and Tampa Bay (3-0).
BRADY MAKES 100th START AT HOME
Tom Brady made his 100th home start against Chicago and now has a record of 87-13 in those starts. His overall home starting record of 99-16 (.861) is the best in NFL history since the merger among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts. Terry Bradshaw is second (75-14 (.843).
BRADY GOES OVER 300 YARDS FOR THE 61ST TIME IN HIS CAREER
Brady had his 61ST career 300-yard game and the second of the season after finishing with 354 passing yards. He ranks third among active NFL quarterbacks, behind NFL-leader Peyton Manning (87) and Drew Brees (82).
BRADY GOOD AGAINST THE NFC
Tom Brady improved to 40-10 overall against the NFC in the regular season as a starter, including 20-5 in home games and 19-4 at Gillette Stadium.
BRADY TO GRONKOWSKI IS A SPECIAL CONNECTION**
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady connected on their 46th touchdown pass with a 6-yard reception in the first quarter to move out of a tie with Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coates (45) for the most touchdown connections in Patriots history. They added a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and a 46-yard score in the third quarter.
GRONKOWSKI AND BRADY CONNECT FOR 46TH TOUCHDOWN; SECOND FOR MOST TD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN A QB AND A TE IN NFL
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady connected on their 46th touchdown pass with a 6-yard score in the first quarter. They connected again in the second quarter on a 2-yard score for the 47th connection between the two and again in the third quarter on a 46-yard score for their 48th touchdown connection. They now have the second most touchdown passes between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history.
BRADY, PATRIOTS HAVE STRONG OCTOBER
Tom Brady finished the month of October with 4-game totals of 14 touchdowns, no interceptions, 1268 passing yards (317 yards per game), and a completion percentage of 69.4 (100 completions in 144 attempts). The Patriots had a 4-0 record in their four October games.
BRADY ON HIGH PACE
Tom Brady has 2,059 yards, 18 touchdown passes and just two interceptions through the first half of the 2014 season and is on pace to finish with 4,118 yards, 36 touchdown passes and just four interceptions this season.
GRONKOWSKI TIED FOR SECOND MOST TDS IN PATRIOTS HISTORY
Rob Gronkowski had three touchdown receptions today against the Bears, raising his total number of touchdowns with the Patriots to 50 touchdowns (49 receiving, 1 rushing). Gronkowski joins Stanley Morgan (68), Ben Coates (50) and Randy Moss (50) as the only players in Patriots history to score 50 or more touchdowns. Gronkowski's 50 touchdowns are tied with Coates and Moss for the second highest career total in Patriots history.
GRONKOWSKI EXTENDS HIS STREAK TO 58 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A RECEPTION
Rob Gronkowski caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and has caught at least one pass in all 58 regular season games that he has played.
LONGEST CURRENT STREAKS OF CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION BY TIGHT ENDS
95 Owen Daniels (Houston/Baltimore)
*94 Jason Witten (Dallas)
*87 Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)
*58 Rob Gronkowski
*not including today's games
GRONKOWSKI EXTENDS RECORD WITH 14TH 100-YARD GAME**
TE Rob Gronkowski had his second 100-yard game of the 2014 season and the 14th of his career after finishing with nine receptions for 149 yards. Gronkowski also broke the 100-yard mark when he had six catches for 100 yards in the win vs. Cincinnati on Oct. 5. Gronkowski's 14 100-yard games extended his team record for most 100-yard receiving games by a tight end. Ben Coates has the second-most with nine 100-yard games
GRONKOWSKI'S NINE RECEPTIONS TIE CAREER HIGH
Gronkowski finished the game with nine catches for 149 yards. His nine receptions tied his career-high (vs. Pittsburgh, 11/3/13).
GRONKOWSKI SCORES THREE TOUCHDOWNS TO TIE CAREER HIGH
TE Rob Gronkowski scored three touchdowns with a 6-yard score in the first quarter, a 2-yard score in the second quarter and a 46-yard score in the third quarter. It is the 13th time in his career that he has scored two or more touchdowns in a game. He tied a career-high with his three touchdowns. He also had three touchdowns at Pittsburgh on Nov. 14, 2010. It is his first two-plus touchdown game since he caught two touchdowns vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2012. Gronkowski has the most games with two or more touchdowns in a game since 2010. Calvin Johnson from Detroit has 12 games with two or more touchdowns.
GRONKOWSKI AND LAFELL EACH BREAK THE 100-YARD RECEIVING MARK
Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell each broke the 100-yard receiving mark in the win vs. Chicago. It was the first time this season that the Patriots have had two 100-yard receivers and the 34th time in team history that the feat has occurred. The last time the Patriots had two 100-yard receivers in a game was on December 15, 2013 at Miami, when Julian Edelman (139) and Danny Amendola (131) each broke the 100-yard mark.
LAFELL SETS CAREER HIGHS IN RECEPTIONS AND YARDS**
Brandon LaFell had 11 receptions for 124 yards, setting career highs in each category. LaFell's 11 topped his previous career high of seven receptions last season for Carolina when they played New England on Nov. 18, 2013. His 124 yards topped his previous career high of 119 yards, set at Kansas City on Sept, 29, 2014.
WR BRANDON LAFELL GOES OVER 100 YARDS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2014
Brandon LaFell had his fourth NFL 100-yard game and the second of the 2014 season after finishing with 11 receptions for 124 yards. It was LaFell's second 100-yard receiving game of 2014, having had six receptions for 119 yards at Kansas City on Sept. 29.
ROB NINKOVICH SCORES SECOND NFL TOUCHDOWN
Rob Ninkovich scored his second NFL touchdown when he recovered a fumble on a sack and forced fumble by Zach Moore and scored on a 15-yard fumble return in the second quarter. Ninkovich retuned a 12-yard interception return at N.Y. Jets on Nov. 13, 2011. Ninkovich has an NFL-best 12 fumble recoveries since 2010.
GOSTKOWSKI ON A GOOD PACE IN 2014
Stephen Gostkowski has 22 field goals so far in 2014, putting him on pace to finish with 42 field goals, which would be the second highest single-season total in NFL history.
GOSTKOWSKI HAS 32 STRAIGHT FOURTH QUARTER FIELD GOALS
Stephen Gostkowski has made 32 consecutive fourth-quarter field goals, including two against Chicago
EDELMAN HAS 43-YARD PUNT RETURN
Julian Edelman had a 43-yard punt return in the second quarter to set up the Patriots' second touchdown of their three-touchdown spurt late in the second quarter. It was Edelman's 12th career punt return of 30 yards or more
WRIGHT SEES THE END ZONE FOR THE THIRD TIME IN FOUR WEEKS
TE Tim Wright had a 1-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the second quarter, marking Wright's third scoring catch of the season and his third in the last four weeks.
- Brandon Browner broke up a Jay Cutler pass intended for Bears TE Martellus Bennett on third-and-six in the first quarter, forcing a Chicago punt on the next play.
- Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 21-yard gain to the Bears' 1-yard line on third-and-18 in the second quarter, setting up a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Tim Wright two plays later that gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead.
- Matthew Slater had a key play in the Patriots' second-quarter touchdown flurry when he tripped up Bears KR Chris Williams at the 9-yard line on a second-quarter kickoff return just after the Patriots took a 24-7 lead, and Don Jones finished off the tackle to start the Bears' drive at the 11-yard line. After a Chicago three-and-out and a 43-yard Julian Edelman punt return, the Patriots scored again on a 9-yard Brandon LaFell touchdown reception to make the score 31-7.
- Dominique Easley and Vince Wilfork teamed up to sack Jay Cutler for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.
AKEEM AYERS MAKES PATRIOTS DEBUT
Newly acquired LB Akeem Ayers made his Patriots debut. He had a 9-yard sack in the second quarter.
BRYAN STORK RETURNS TO ACTION
OL Bryan Stork returned to action after missing last week's game with a start at center.
OL DAN CONNOLLY RETURNS TO ACTION
OL Dan Connolly returned to action after missing last week's game with a start at left guard.
DANNY AMENDOLA RETURNS PUNTS
Danny Amendola was utilized as a punt returner for the first time in 2014. He returned one punt in 2013 for a 13 yard gain at Carolina on Nov. 18, 2013.