Observations from Bears beatdown

Updated: December 13, 2010, 10:20 PM ET
By Tedy Bruschi | ESPNBoston.com

Six observations from the Patriots' 36-7 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field:

1. Rob Gronkowski's growth easy to see: At the beginning of the season, one of the things to watch was how the Patriots' young players would develop. We've seen improvement from a lot of players -- Brandon Tate, Jermaine Cunningham, Danny Woodhead -- but rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski is at the top of the list. His 7-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was a great example of how far he's come. ...

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