Detroit Lions Leave New England Limping After 34-9 Loss


With the odds stacked against them, the Detroit Lions entered Sunday’s week 12 match-up determined to cool down the red-hot New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It didn’t take long however for Brady and Co. to remind us all why the Pats rarely lose at home.

In the end it wasn’t much of a game as the NFL’s highest scoring offense got the better of the NFL’s No. 1 ranked rush defense.

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The Patriots game plan was to beat the Detroit Lions through the air, and they did just that. Brady completed 38 of 53 passes for 349 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Newly acquired running back LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots’ rushing game and scored two touchdowns, but New England primarily put this game on Brady.

The Patriots led 24-6 at halftime as Brady repeatedly found wide-open receivers while the Lions offense looked anemic once again. Detroit managed just three field goals by Matt Prater as quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled. He completed 18 of 46 passes for 264 yards and one interception.

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His 39 percent completion rate was the worst completion percentage in any game of his NFL career.

Golden Tate had just four catches after entering the game third in the NFL with 68. And Calvin Johnson was held to four receptions for 58 yards.

The loss marks the second straight for the Lions against a division leader as the Patriots defeat a division leader for the third straight week.

Despite the disappointing loss, Detroit now enters a three game home stretch where they will face the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside the confides of Ford Field. They also now sit one full game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and have lost any room for error.