Q Was Jim Miller even capable of throwing a deep pass at the end of the game?
A Miller was relegated to backup duty because of tendinitis in his shoulder and elbow but was forced into action when starter Chris Chandler left the game with a sprained neck. Miller said he was able to throw deep, but offensive coordinator John Shoop said the Bears considered bringing in third-stringer Henry Burris at the end to throw deep. Burris was getting loose along the sideline.
"Jim is a very stoic person, and anytime I asked him how he was, he said, 'I'm fine, just call it.'" Shoop said.
Q Who starts next Monday night at St. Louis: Miller or Chandler?
A Both veterans are less than 100 percent physically, and Chandler's neck injury has to be examined further.
Q Why didn't Bryan Robinson simply fall down after it appeared he intercepted Tom Brady's pass?
A Robinson said, "I thought I saw daylight, but everybody is fast in this league and those holes close quickly.
"That was my first interception. If I get in that position again, sure, I am going down."
Q Is Ahmad Merritt going to be retained as the Bears' kick returner?A The Bears finally appear to have a big-play threat on kick returns with Merritt. The St. Rita High School and Wisconsin product returned six kickoffs for 148 yardsa 24.7-yard average.
Q New England's kicker booted a 57-yard field goal against the Bears. What is the longest field goal ever kicked against the Bears?
A The Saints' Morten Andersen boomed a 60-yarder against the Bears on Oct. 27, 1991. Before that, the longest three-pointer against the Bears was kicked by Baltimore's Bert Rechichar, who booted a 56-yarder on his first NFL attempt on Sept. 27, 1953. Adam Vinatieri's 57-yarder is a New England Patriots club record. He kicked four field goals Sunday.
Q John Shoop finally called some trick plays. What inspired that?A The Patriots have been susceptible to trick plays all seasonreverses and halfback passes. The Bears scored Sunday on a 44-yard pass from Marty Booker to Marcus Robinson.
Q What took the Bears so long to call a timeout on their final desperation drive?A Miller was sacked and was slow getting up. But coach Dick Jauron admitted that someone should have rushed over to ask for a timeout as the seconds ticked away.
Q Anthony Thomas finally seemed to get untracked, but he still did not convert key first downs late in the game.
A Thomas rushed 21 times for 99 yards (4.7-yard average), including his longest run of the season (34 yards). Shoop said: "We had two chances to convert 1 yard and we just didn't get them converted. We should have ended the game right there."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times