With the way the wind is blowing at Soldier field, you might expect this game to be played on the ground.
Not so. While a few of Tom Brady’s throws were unusually errant, he found the open man on a pair of 3rd-and-longs to bring the Patriots into a red zone. After almost turning it over when Brian Urlacher tipped a pass high into the air, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski in the end zone (after the rookie tight end got up in Urlacher’s face) for the opening score and a 7-0 lead.
The biggest contributer, though, was undoubtedly Wes Welker. Three big grabs ate up most of the 88 yards the Patriots needed.