Just give the Patriots the Super Bowl

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

TORONTO - What’s the point of playing out the season?

What’s the point of hyping games, of pouring over matchups over the final three weeks of the regular season?

Just give the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots and be done with it.

Why carry on with the charade of the playoffs and a trip to Dallas on Feb. 6 for all the marbles?

The Patriots already have them all in their pocket.

The previous week the bragging rights of who is best in the AFC — the Jets or the Patriots — turned into the biggest non-event of the season as the Pats wiped the smirk off the face of Rex Ryan and all the Jets’ faithful with their one-sided 45-3 romp.

Then came the ‘yeah buts’.

This week, Tom Brady and his puffy shirts and his shaggy locks would get a whuppin’ by those mean old Bears and their fabulous defence, the toughest team in the NFC in their frenzied lair in the bitter cold and blowing snow.

What a joke!

If the Jets thought they went up against a runaway train, just how do you think the poor old Bears are feeling?

In the opening half they were absolutely gutted in every way possible as the Patriots built a 33-0 lead.

It was a performance so one-sided, so stunning, that any superlatives for the Patriots somehow don’t seem to give them their due.

They say statistics are for losers.

Well, choke on these, Bears fans.

In the opening half the Patriots had 15 first downs, the Bears two. In total yards, the Patriots led the Bears 273-33.

The lone category where the Bears prevailed was in turnovers, as they made two to zero for the Pats.

How do you think the Green Bay Packers feel this morning, with their quarterback Aaron Rodgers knocked out in their loss to Detroit with a concussion, having to pack their bags and make the trek to Foxboro, Mass., for the Sunday nighter?

Just how will ESPN bill that one?

The weather was supposed to be the big equalizer, supposed to stop the Patriots’ offence in its tracks and benefit Chicago’s defence.

But in their 26-point explosion in the second quarter, the Patriots operated as if they were playing on a sunny day in Miami while the Bears looked like frozen penguins marching in the Antarctic.

The 33 points the Pats scored in the opening half were the most that Chicago has allowed all season in any one game and marked the fifth consecutive game that New England has scored more than 30 points.

At this point, they seem absolutely unstoppable.

The only team that appears capable of stopping New England are the Patriots themselves. The lone hope the rest of the NFL have is that the Pats are peaking too soon, that they can’t keep up this pace.

But that’s not a lot to hang your hat on.

On the other side of the coin, just what did this game say of the Bears?

It certainly isn’t a once-off that can easily be shrugged off and kicked to the curb.

When you get beat that badly, the wounds can be lasting.

Next week the Bears are supposed to travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings, but who knows where that game will be played.

If the Bears can’t regroup for that game, then they are at home to the Jets and finish the regular season off with a game in Green Bay.

By that time, who knows what will be left of the Packers? After New England, they are at home to the Giants.

The Bears are one game ahead of the Pack with a 9-4 record in the NFC North.

They will be praying that the Pats keep the pedal to the metal next Sunday.

At this point, it appears their prayers will be answered as the Patriots don’t look like they can be beat.

Not now, not next week, not on Feb. 6.

As Don Meredith once crooned: “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”


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