Bears coach Lovie Smith believes his team is poised for a late-season Super Bowl run after beating the Patriots 7-3 in the second half of Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

“We played a good football team today and beat them in the second half,” said Smith. “Our defense shut down Tom Brady for two quarters and kept him and all his weapons out of the end zone for 30 minutes. You can’t ask for much more than that when it comes to playing one half of football at the professional level.”

Smith said the Bears’ strong second half against one of the AFC’s top teams has him thinking postseason.

“We’re sitting here atop the NFC North and we just shut down the AFC’s best at the end of a game,” said Smith. “That’s got to make you think we’re poised for the Super Bowl.”

Local media also highlighted the Bears strong second half.

“Urlacher and crew played smothering defense late in the game, holding the Patriots high-powered offense to just a field goal in the final 30 minutes and that’s just what you need to win championships,” said Zach Zaidman of 670-AM the Score. “If they could have held them to just a field goal in the first half instead of four TDs and two field goals, I think they would have had a real good chance of winning this game today.”

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