Outstanding performances by the Patriots
Deion Branch and Wes Welker, Dec. 12, Patriots at Bears
Patriots receivers Deion Branch (left) and Wes Welker both had big days in the Patriots' 36-7 victory over the Bears at snowy Soldier Field in Chicago. Branch had 151 receiving yards and a touchdown and Welker had 115 yards. Branch collected a career-high eight receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. Branch and Welker became the first Patriots receivers to tally 100 yards each in the same game this season. "Having Deion out there is such a huge help for us," Welker said. "The strides hes made for our offense are very substantial in what hes been able to do, and with Tom having trust in him and us just going out there and just spreading the ball around, and just everyone going out there and making plays."