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The game-time temperature was 26 degrees, and with snow and a 30-mph wind swirling through the stadium, visibility wasn’t great. The field was blanketed in white and the boundaries, goal lines and yard markers were tough to see. Logos were all but invisible, too.

That didn’t stop Brady from throwing for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Patriots put up 33 points, the second most allowed by the Bears in an opening half.

“Whatever the elements are, we’ve got to be mentally tough to play in them,” he said. “Both teams are playing in them. Coach always stresses that the opponent that we’re playing is the Chicago Bears — not the weather, not the refs, not the crowd.”

Brady led an 85-yard TD drive in the first quarter, finishing it with a 7-yard strike through the flakes to Rob Gronkowski to put New England ahead 7-0 with about five minutes left.

The game quickly got out of hand in the second, with the Patriots scoring 26 points.

The half ended with the sideline calling for a knee and Brady ignoring the order before hitting Branch with that 59-yarder as time expired.

“There was a lot of yelling and screaming,” Branch said. “I do know that I heard one of the coaches saying they wanted to take a knee, but I think Tom’s eyes got a little big. He looked over at me like, ‘No, take this shot.”’

NOTES: Devin McCourty sat out the second half with a rib injury, and Belichick said he wasn’t sure how serious it was. Defensive lineman Ron Brace also suffered a head injury. … The Patriots scored 45 points in the first half against Tennessee last season in a 59-0 romp. … They were without LB Brandon Spikes after he was suspended four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. … The 475 yards were the most allowed by the Bears this season. … Chicago’s Nick Roach started at strong side linebacker for the Bears in place of the injured Pisa Tinoisamoa (right knee). … Belichick and Brady now have 108 wins together, second most for a coach-quarterback tandem. The Dolphins’ Don Shula and Dan Marino had 116. … Brady tied Don Meredith for the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Meredith also had six in 1965-66.