FOXBORO, Mass. -- A perfect record isn't good enough for Bill Belichick.
"We were erratic in every phase of the game, especially in the first half," he said. "We have a lot of work to do."
Whether he was trying to keep his players from complacency or making an honest assessment, Belichick found a believer in quarterback Tom Brady.
"The coach made a great point after the game," Brady said. "Now it's 0-0 and everybody's starting on the same playing field."
A strong exhibition season is no guarantee of success. The Patriots were unbeaten two other times, the last in 1981, but they went 2-14 in that regular season. They were 3-1 in each of the last two exhibition seasons and won the Super Bowl the first time but missed the playoffs last year.
The Bears (1-3) also are trying to rebound from a disappointing season in which they went 4-12 after making the playoffs at 13-3. They had just one exhibition win for the seventh time in 12 years.
The Patriots open their regular season at Buffalo, while the Bears start at San Francisco.
Pass had two touchdowns and a 59-yard kickoff return, Ward made five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Myers returned a fumble 93 yards for a touchdown.
"A lot of people doubt my speed, but I don't run like a fullback," said Pass, who knows he still could be cut. "If it happens, it happens."
New England outscored the Bears 21-0 in the fourth quarter and outgained them 381 yards to 219.
Brady, who went 8-for-10 for 63 yards, left after the first play of the second quarter, an 8-yard touchdown pass to Troy Brown that made it 7-7. Bears quarterback Kordell Stewart played only the first quarter, going 3-for-4 for 26 yards and a touchdown.
"I like the way that our team came out and ran the ball," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "It's what we needed to see.
"We made a commitment to run the ball" on Wednesday, Jauron added. "We needed in the first three (games) to get Kordell comfortable with our team and our team comfortable with him."
Pass rebounded from a costly fumble that put Chicago ahead 23-17. Safety Cameron Worrell returned it 30 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds left in the third quarter. Brock Forsey's run for a 2-point conversion was stopped.
On the third play of the fourth quarter, Pass ran for a 21-yard touchdown. Adam Vinatieri's extra point made it 24-23.
They went up 31-23 when Pass scored on a 1-yard run. Ward, a free agent signed from Miami, caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Rohan Davey with 1:53 remaining.
"It was a successful preseason," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We got through it healthy and that's the main thing."
Chicago moved the ball well on its first two possessions of the second half, but they resulted in a touchdown for each team.
The Bears moved from their 32-yard line to the Patriots 7 behind quarterback Rex Grossman. But on the next play, running back Rabih Abdullah fumbled, and Myers recovered and scored.
Chicago tied the game 17-17 on the next series on Grossman's 22-yard pass to Ahmad Merritt.
The Bears had taken a 7-0 lead on their second possession on Stewart's 3-yard pass to Marty Booker. They were the first points allowed in the first quarter by the Patriots in the exhibition season.
New England tied it on its next series on Brady's pass to Brown. Brady finished the exhibition season with six touchdown passes and no interceptions.
- Patriots NT Ted Washington, obtained from the Bears on Aug. 19, was in Chicago tending to personal matters, Belichick said.
- Backup quarterbacks posted good numbers. Davey was 13-for-24 for 201 yards and Grossman was 8-for-15 for 73 yards.
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