Morning sports update: Tom Brady left an encouraging message on Josh Gordon’s Instagram

Also: Previewing the World Series through the familiar managerial matchup, and the latest Tom Brady postgame video.

Tom Brady and Josh Gordon
Tom Brady congratulates Josh Gordon on his 4th quarter catch and run. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Patriots escaped with a win against the Bears on Sunday, 38-31.

Trailing by a touchdown, Chicago completed a Hail Mary on the last play of the game. However, Bears receiver Kevin White was tackled at the one-yard line.

Elsewhere, the Celtics host the Magic on Monday night at TD Garden, and the Red Sox prepare to open the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Tom Brady’s comment on Josh Gordon’s Instagram: After making four catches for 100 yards (including a clutch catch on a 4th and 1), Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon posted an Instagram of one of his catches.


In the comments, Tom Brady had an encouraging message for Patriots fans (though an ominous one for Patriots’ opponents).

“Just getting warmed up,” said Brady. Gordon, who captioned the photo “opportunity,” continued to grow in the offense on Sunday, playing 61 of 64 offensive snaps.

Speaking of Instagram, the Patriots quarterback had another postgame video, taking aim at the “Bills Mafia” (New England’s Week 8 opponent):

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Daily highlight: Josh Gordon might’ve been a little tired at the end of the play, but his catch and run helped set up the deciding touchdown in the Patriots’ win:


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