Pats' Gronkowski doubtful to play vs. Bears


Here's who helped New England most.

It wasn't always pretty, but the Patriots came out with the win. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower crashed through the line to bat down a punt by Pat O'Donnell, and Van Noy scooped and scored.

The star tight end did not make the trip with the team to Chicago ahead of its clash with the Bears, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. One illegal hands to the face flag and the pass interference penalty were both accepted. However, the Bears could not complete the comeback as Kevin White was stopped at the 1 after a 54-yard Hail Mary heave from Trubisky, a heartbreaking way to go out.

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There are plenty of reasons why the Bears gave yet another game away. The Patriots could also use a big game on the ground from rookie running back Sony Michel, who has really taken his place as the leader of New England's running game and a pivotal part of this offense in the last few games.

Brady completed 25 of 36 passes for 277 yards with two touchdown passes to James White and one to Julian Edelman with one interception.

About four hours before the game, the Patriots downgraded tight end Rob Gronkowski to out with a back injury. Enter Gordon. He caught four passes on seven targets for 100 yards, including a 55-yard catch and run.