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Tom Brady throws 5 TDs, Gronkowski catches 3 as Patriots top Bears 51-23 for 4th straight win

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown pass in front of Chicago Bears strong safety Ryan Mundy (21) in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown pass in front of Chicago Bears strong safety Ryan Mundy (21) in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

Tom Brady threw five scoring passes and the streaking New England Patriots crammed three touchdowns into the last two minutes of the first half, cruising to a 51-23 win over the staggering Chicago Bears on Sunday.

New England (6-2) scored on all five of its possessions in the half — and one of Chicago's — on its way to its fourth straight win. The Bears (3-5) fell behind 45-7 early in the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.

In one of the best statistical games of his brilliant career, Brady completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards. He threw three scoring passes to Rob Gronkowski and one each to Tim Wright and Brandon LaFell.

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich scored with 55 seconds left in the first half on a 15-yard return of Jay Cutler's fumble.

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