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CHICAGO — Not even the brutal cold was enough to help the league’s worst pass defense stop Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears
McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns and 348 yards while running for another score, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka’s number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind chill was below zero. Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots officially placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Monday, ending his fourth NFL season.Gronkowski suffered a right knee injury at the tail end of a 21-yard reception in the third quarter against the Browns Sunday. After an MRI was taken on Gronkowski Monday morning, a league source confirmed to the Globe that Gronkowski had torn the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the knee.The news that the tight end wouldn’t be available for the remainder of this season was difficult for Patriots players to deal with a day later, after they watched Gronkowski cut down by Cleveland’s T.J. Ward.
FOXBOROUGH — After watching his team wait until it was almost too late to start stringing plays together against the Browns Sunday, coach Bill Belichickexpressed displeasure at the Patriots’ effort during a Monday morning conference call.“More of the same feelings today as yesterday: great performance in the last couple minutes in the game by our team, not so good in the 58 before that,” Belichick said. “We left a lot of plays out on the field. Cleveland did a good job. They outcoached us and outplayed us in every area. Fortunately we were able to make some plays at the end, play some good situational football and be able to come back and score pretty quickly at the end of the game.”
NEW YORK — Chobani says it will air its first Super Bowl ad this February, a move intended to make the Greek yogurt company more of a household name.
The debut on advertising’s biggest stage comes as Greek yogurt continues to surge in popularity. Known for its thick texture and tart taste, Greek yogurt now accounts for more than a third of the US yogurt market, up from just 1 percent in 2007, according to a report by Bernstein Research. And the figure is expected to top more than 50 percent in coming years.
Chobani is the market leader, but says only about a third of Americans are familiar with its brand.
To boost awareness, the company hired Peter McGuinness as its first chief marketing officer four months ago.