Devin Funchess overpowering defensive backs. Funchess, who had not scored all season, had two TDs in this one, with Newton noting that Funchess had some “big boy catches.” Funchess was wide open on his first TD after a blown coverage by the Patriots, but on the second he had to beat tight single coverage and catch a ball slightly behind him, all of which he did for a 16 yard score. He also picked up a couple of critical first downs by running over people and fought off cramps to have a significant fourth quarter..
Two (negative) areas for me were too many penalties, especially one bad one by (Matt) Bradley (for spearing), and the last five feet to our net has to be defended (better). You can play like that at any level. Opened up a back and forth affair when Stelio Mattheos notched a short handed goal 6:23 into the contest.
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For a third straight year, Bears fans must look forward to a future past January and February. Brian Hoyer is lost for most of the year if not the rest of it after breaking his arm in the second quarter while guard Kyle Long had to leave with an arm injury. Jay Cutler thumb continues to be leaving the offense in the hands of Matt Barkley, who was just 6 for 15 for 81 yards in his Bears debut..