Brian Urlacher wears his heart on his sleeve, and Sunday against the Patriots it was as tough as a day he would have to endure as a member of the Bears.
The team was beat up in every phase by the best team in football right now, the New England Patriots in being pasted all over snowy Solider Field 36-7.
Urlacher was one of many Bears that sat slumped over after the game, wondering just how complete a collapse could have happened on a stage like Sunday.
“I definitely didn’t expect this to happen,” he said. “We had a good week of practice. Played a good first series. Got a three-and-out. From there, it was terrible. They had a couple long scoring drives. They threw the ball well. I’m sure they had a lot of passing yards.”
That they did, as Tom Brady led a Pats attack for 369 yards through the air, the second-most passing yards allowed by the Bears this season. Dallas’ Tony Romo had 374 in the Bears’ Week 2 win.
Urlacher led the Bears with 11 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and three pass deflections. He knows one thing, thanks to the Lions the Bears find themselves in first place in the NFC North after the Packers fell 7-3 at Ford Field.
“We’ll watch the film (Monday). But we’re still in first place in the NFC North, and that’s where we wanted to be when the season started.”
Many more outings like Sunday, and they won’t be in first place much longer. But they are for now, and have to rebound from their worst game of the year.