Chicago's defense, which was ranked third in the league heading into the game, was gashed for 33 points before halftime by New England.
Julius Peppers may have earned his money, but it didn't make much of a difference in the loss to New England.
Sunday was an embarrassment for a team that considers itself to be among the league's elite, but, as Lovie Smith was quick to point out, the Bears are still in first place in the NFC North.
After going back-to-back games without an interception, Bears QB Jay Cutler was picked off twice against the Patriots and is well behind Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher in the race to become the team's MVP.
Tom Brady continues to rewrite Patriots record books and make his case as the clear-cut MVP in another stellar outing in the Patriots' win over the Bears.
Devin Hester's 61-yard kickoff return was one of the few bright spots for the Bears in Week 14.
The quarterback threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns, and the New England Patriots locked up their eighth playoff berth in 10 years with a 36-7 pounding of Chicago on a snowy, blustery, bone-chilling Sunday.
The Patriots and Bears have announced their inactives for Sunday's game at the cold, snowy and windy Soldier Field.
The Bears' defense has carried the team for much of the season, and it will again in a win on Sunday, according to PFW's Dan Parr.
PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain predicted 30 points for the Patriots earlier in the week, but with the weather conditions hitting Soldier Field Sunday morning, it could be a wild, low-scoring game in Chicago.
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 14 game between the Patriots and Bears: Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain vs. Bears ORT J'Marcus Webb.
Take a quick stroll down memory lane with PFW for a recap of the Bears' Week 14 contests each of the last five seasons.
He doesn't have ideal size and didn't make an impact for the Bears as a rookie, but D.J. Moore is emerging as a playmaker for Chicago's defense in his second season.
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 14 game between the Patriots and Bears: Patriots RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead vs. Bears run defense
Bears QB Jay Cutler has cut down on mistakes, throwing 10 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in the past five games, and he'll be facing New England's 31st-ranked pass defense in Week 14.