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Bills WR Robert Woods made the Jets pay for single coverage.

The Dolphins have had some bad luck.

Patriots QB Tom Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have never started against each other, until Sunday.

The latest “Fire John Idzik” billboard tells Woody Johnson to sell the Jets if he’s not going to make a wholesale change.

The Ravens’ Monday night win gives their playoff hopes a shot in the arm.

Cincinnati needs OT Marshall Newhouse to step up in place of OT Andre Smith.

The Browns have a meaningful game with the Bills in late November. Who saw that coming?

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the team just needs to take care of business: “If we do what we need to do on a week-in and week-out basis in terms of our business in our stadium, then it’s not going to be required that we look around. We play some significant people moving forward.”

Texans DE J.J. Watt delivered some pizza to Houston police officers and firefighters.

Will running woes plague the Colts in the playoffs?

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley bristled at questions about whether his assistant coaches are getting the job done.

Members of the Titans are volunteering to feed the homeless this Thanksgiving.

Said Broncos coach John Fox of getting LB Danny Trevathan back from a knee injury, “We won’t give him a lot of work because we’re not getting him game ready yet. He hasn’t played football for a while. He will participate in individual drills and probably some scout-team work just to get him back into playing shape.”

The Chiefs added DL Nick Williams to the active roster to replace S Eric Berry.

Said Raiders coach Tony Sparano of FB Marcel Reece, “The thing that I’ve noticed is that he’s a guy who, when given the opportunity to run the football, makes yards that way, no matter when.”

The Chargers helped get 1,000 people to donate blood in San Diego.

Said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett of Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense, “It certainly challenges you. It’s different than what the NFL has seen for a number of years, but it’s been in place here for a little bit. You have to be ready to play an up-tempo style of offense and you have to be able to get yourself lined up and play sound defense against it.”

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez and Cowboys QB Tony Romo are both hoping to re-shape their reputations with a run to the playoffs this year.

Here’s a look at some of the Giants who should be part of the franchise’s future.

Is Jay Gruden doing what Dan Snyder hired him to do?

Bears DE Willie Young is excited to return to Detroit.

His numbers are way down, but Lions WR Calvin Johnson says he’s the same guy he’s been for years.

As the Packers prepare for the Patriots on Sunday, are they also preparing for their Super Bowl opponent?

A bum knee is bad news for Vikings LT Matt Kalil.

The Falcons are leading a historically awful division.

It may be Amini Silatolu’s turn at right tackle for the Panthers.

If the Saints get to six wins, is that enough to get to the playoffs?

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown says the defense played well enough to win on Sunday.

Said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians of his rookie defensive lineman, “Josh Mauro would have gotten a game ball if we would have won the game. He played his tail off, stout at the point of attack. Really, really nice surprise.”

Rams WR Stedman Bailey is finally emerging as a part of the passing game.

The 49ers say they’re not seeking revenge against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving.

The Seahawks have generally kept 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick from using his big arm to his advantage.

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Barry Sanders gained fewer than 50 rushing yards 25 times during his 10-year career. There have been 39 games where Peyton Manning has thrown for under 200 yards. Even great players have bad days. But when those great players string together multiple subpar performances, there's a certain sense ...
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Detroit Lions reject the idea wide receiver Calvin Johnson is slowing down

ALLEN PARK — Barry Sanders gained fewer than 50 rushing yards 25 times during his 10-year career. There have been 39 games where Peyton Manning has thrown for under 200 yards. Even great players have bad days. But when those great players string together multiple subpar performances, there’s a certain sense of dread. Is there a hidden injury or a off-field distraction? Or even worse, has the player lost a step? This hasn’t been a banner year for Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. The four-time All-Pro is on pace for his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign. The numbers can largely be attributed to a high ankle sprain, which cost the superstar receiver three games and significantly limited him in two others. But Johnson is healthy now, or at least healthy enough to play. So when he goes back-to-back games with fewer than 60 receiving yards, there are rumblings that he is starting to slow down, that the injuries are starting to catch up to him. That’s a notion coach Jim Caldwell quickly rejects. “We haven’t taken him out and timed him in the 40(-yard dash) or anything of that nature,” Caldwell said. “He can still get behind people, he can still make the kind of [...]
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Odell of a Catch

The greatest grab in NFL history? The story behind Odell Beckham’s spotlight-stealing one-handed snare. Plus, the 12 stadiums—from Foxboro to the Bronx to Happy Valley—that nearly hosted Bills-Jets tonight, the Browns do it again, Oakland on the board, Washington still a mess, and much more from Week 12

LSU football coach Les Miles was in his office Sunday night in Baton Rouge, watching video, preparing for a Thursday night game against Texas A&M, when he was told there was something he had to see. It was video of one of his former players/acrobats, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., making one of the best catches in NFL history Sunday night against Dallas.

“I’m not one for social media,” Miles told me on the phone just after 11 Eastern on Sunday night, “but I’m told a lot of our players were on there tonight after the catch saying, ‘That’s nothing compared to what he did in practice.’ You have to understand: We have seen this before. I just want you to know that.”

It was an eventful Week 12, and there’s 13 percent of the slate still to go, with two games tonight. Mike Smith of the Falcons (4-0 in the mighty NFC South, 0-7 in all other games) bumbled through another endgame, and he might not be able to save his job after this debacle. The Lions are showing the early signs of a Schwartzian late-season collapse; their prolific offense doesn’t look so prolific—15 points in the last eight quarters. Arizona’s lead in the NFC West was cut from three games to two with five to play. The Patriots beat a division leader handily for the third straight game; they lead the division they own by three games, and if New England doesn’t win its sixth straight AFC East title, my name’s Joe Don Looney. (Hey, you can look him up: The Giants drafted Joe Don, a running back, in the first round 50 years ago.) The AFC North continued on a crazy collision course; if the Ravens win at New Orleans tonight, all four teams in the division will have seven wins with five games remaining.

As for the other game tonight, western New York—at least the Lake Effect State—will stop snow-shoveling long enough to watch the Bills play a home game 272 miles to the west. I’ve got some logistical details as to how the NFL picked Detroit over 11 other venues (including Yankee Stadium and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium), simply because I’m a detail nerd. I’ve also got news of one NFL owner providing seed money for a potentially groundbreaking residential facility at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, to take care of needy and ill former players—and writing to his fellow owners urging them to ante up too.
And coming later this week, one of the best Thanksgiving Day feasts of football in some time will happen. Chicago-Detroit in a bit of a meh game to kick it off, followed by two pre-playoff playoff games: Philadelphia at Dallas (both 8-3) for the NFC East lead in the late afternoon window—while I’ll be doing a mountain of Thanksgiving dinner dishes—and Seattle at San Francisco (both 7-4) in the nightcap, with the loser moving closer to NFC irrelevance.

But now, let’s focus on the play of the day, and of the year, though it came in a losing cause Sunday night. How did Odell Beckham last until the 12th pick of the first round last May?

The story of Beckham’s catch cannot be told without Jarvis Landry. When Beckham was a rising high school junior at Isidore Newman in New Orleans, he went to a 7-on-7 football camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and met Landry. They had much in common. Both wide receivers, both Louisianans, both born in November 1992, both 5-11, both driven. “Since the day I met him in Tuscaloosa, I knew I wanted to be on the same field with him in college,” Beckham told me early this morning. Both got offered full rides by LSU, and both accepted, and they roomed together as freshmen in the 2011-12 school year.

“I have never been around a guy who pushed me like that, ever,” Beckham said. “I mean, as a football player and a man. He is so much like me, I mean as a football player and a man. Day in and day out, we went at each other—in a loving manner. It was monkey-see, monkey-do. We’d go outside our dorm, late at night, all times of the year, and take the football and throw it at each other as hard as we could. Everything was about trying to get better. We’d be out there, late at night, just us, in front of our building, throwing the football.”

Miles saw the relationship from the time they got on campus. “Odell pushed Jarvis, Jarvis pushed Odell,” he said. “I think—and I might be wrong—it was Jarvis who started making the one-handed catches at practice. And when he did it, Odell had to do it. At first, you know, the coach in me said, ‘Use two hands!’ But there are some catches you can’t use two hands to make. There are some balls you’ll just never get two hands on.”

The LSU receivers would have ball drills at practice, and for Landry and Beckham, those drills would include a session of one-handed catches. They’d do it before and after practice, too, at times, the way NBC got video of Beckham before the game making one-handed catches from equipment man Joe Skiba.

Miles said Beckham is suited to make the one-handed catches because he has unusually large hands—at 5-11, he has 10-inch hands; Calvin Johnson is 6-5, and his hands are 9 ¼ inches—and his athleticism allows him to contort his body in many angles quickly. “Some receivers you say have rare ball skills,” said Miles. “But anyone who has coached Odell, played against Odell, worked out Odell will tell you his ball skills are exceptional and rare. We saw in practice. We would stop and watch these one-handed catches Odell and Jarvis would make in practice. Let me tell you, it was nothing you have ever seen in other players. That’s why their old teammates would say today, ‘We have seen this before.’ ”

Now to The Catch.

From the Dallas 43-yard line, on the first play of the second quarter, Beckham flew down the right sideline, covered closely by Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr. “I felt him almost knock me out of bounds,” said Beckham, “and I felt him holding my jersey.” The jostling and holding happened around the Dallas 10, when Beckham was looking back for the ball from Eli Manning. At about the 5, Beckham went airborne, and Carr disengaged—while the field judge, John Jenkins, and back judge Jim Quick, both sailed their penalty flags into the end zone; it was clear defensive pass interference.

Now Beckham was reaching far behind him with his right arm. Just as Miles had seen at LSU: There are some balls you’ll never get two hands on. “One hand,” said Beckham, “was the only way to get to that ball.” It landed on the fingertips of his right glove, the arm extended fully behind Beckham’s head, and when the ball hit his gloved hand, Beckham wouldn’t have been able to see it. Amazingly, only three fingers actually connected with the ball—the thumb, index finger and middle finger—and they combined to claw the ball, and as Beckham fell to earth, he clutched it to his chest. It moved slightly, as if he might fumble it. But it stayed secure, and he landed two feet inside the pylon and a yard deep in the end zone. Touchdown.

“I saw a picture of it,” Beckham said about an hour after the game, “and it kind of felt like just my fingertips had it. I felt it on those three fingers. But I never felt like the ball wasn’t secure. I knew I had it.’’

When he met the press later, he said, “I hope it’s not the greatest catch I hope I can make more.”

I reached out to a few people in the game Sunday to ask if it was the best catch they’ve seen. Donte’ Stallworth said it was “one of the most amazing I’ve seen. I played with Randy Moss in New England and he made insane catches look routine. This catch was ridiculous because he caught it with three fingers falling backwards and completed the catch by landing inbounds with full control through the play. Amazing.”

Shaun O’Hara was the Giants’ center the day of the David Tyree helmet catch in the Super Bowl, and he was in MetLife Stadium Sunday night to see Beckham’s catch.
“You have to consider the stage,” O’Hara said, “and come on, Tyree’s catch was in the biggest game in the world, the Super Bowl. And I never thought I would have a conversation, ever in my life, comparing that catch to any other catch. Rodney Harrison was hanging on David Tyree like a koala bear, and David came down with it. But this one—as far as individual efforts, the Beckham catch defies all laws of gravity and whatever other physics laws there are. Everyone in the stadium was awestruck watching it live, and then, on replay, it got better. I have never seen a catch like that.”

My take: The Tyree catch is the most significant, great, unique and improbable catch I’ve ever seen. The theater of it is absurd—the catch was the most important single play in the Giants’ shocking win over the previously 18-0 Patriots, and David Tyree never caught another pass in the NFL after that one. So how does a catch top that?

But for athleticism and degree of difficulty, the Beckham catch is the greatest catch I have ever seen. I still don’t think he saw the ball clearly, and he was fending off a physical cornerback, and his arm looked like it had extenders on it to reach back and get the ball, and he kept tight possession of it as he crash-landed on his back. “For him,’’ said Antrel Rolle, “another day at the park. For the rest of us, wow.” That’s pretty much my reaction.

What’s it like to know the sports world is blowing up out there, with LeBron tweeting and a ton of players reacting, saying it’s the best catch they’ve ever seen?, I asked Beckham.

“It’s a huge compliment,’’ he said. “And it’s motivation for me. All that is fine and good. But I have to keep going. At the end of the day, I have to get better every day. I have to come out tomorrow and get better. I have to come out Tuesday and get better. And we lost tonight, so that is a sick feeling. This means nothing. Winning in this game is everything.”

“To think,” said Miles, “he’s just getting started.”
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance.

The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team.

Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC's best record rolled over the team with the NFL's stingiest defense, 34-9 on Sunday, for their seventh straight win.

''Everyone is linked together,'' quarterback Tom Brady said, ''so we all feed off each other - offense, defense, special teams.''

Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns exactly 14 years after his pro debut in another 34-9 game against the Lions. In that Thanksgiving meeting, the rookie was a late-game replacement for Drew Bledsoe in Detroit's win.

On Sunday, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 78 yards and two short scores and the Patriots improved to 44-3 in their last 47 regular-season home games.

The Patriots (9-2) have such depth that Jonas Gray didn't even play one week after rushing 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He was sent away from Friday's practice for reporting late, just one day after Blount signed. Blount was cut by Pittsburgh last Tuesday, the day after he walked to the locker room as the Steelers were lining up for the last play.

Blount rushed for 772 yards for the Patriots last season, but didn't re-sign.

''He's never been a problem for us,'' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. ''It was a good welcome back for him today.''

The Patriots led 24-6 at halftime as Brady repeatedly found wide-open receivers.

''We blew a lot of coverage,'' Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy said. ''They sped up the tempo a bit and I think we lost our composure.''

The Patriots routed a division leader for the third straight week, following wins over Denver and Indianapolis. They visit Green Bay, which began the day tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead, next Sunday.

In their last five games, the Lions (7-4) have led for 45 minutes, 53 seconds, been tied for 44 minutes, 17 seconds and trailed for 209 minutes, 50 seconds, according to STATS.

For the second straight week, they lost to a conference leader, having fallen to Arizona 14-6 a week earlier

What does that say about the Lions?

''I think we'll figure that out at the end of the year,'' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

But they didn't score a touchdown in either game.

''I am not concerned,'' Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said. ''We still have time to get things going.''

The Lions bore little resemblance to the team that had allowed the fewest points in the NFL. They had given up just 68.6 yards rushing per game, so Brady threw frequently - and quickly to avoid the rush.

He finished with 38 completions in 53 attempts with one interception, with Julian Edelman catching 11 passes for the highest-scoring team in the NFL.

''Ever since I've been here, the coach has put it in my ears that football season starts after Thanksgiving,'' Edelman said.

The Patriots have had quite a head start.

The Lions managed just three field goals by Matt Prater as Stafford completed 18 of 46 passes for264 yards and one interception while the Patriots shut down his two star receivers. Golden Tate had just four catches after entering the game third in the NFL with 68. Johnson was held to four receptions for 58 yards.

''The coaches believe in us at the cornerback spot, man, and set up the perfect matchups for us,'' Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner said.

Special teams gave the Patriots a huge boost in the first half when Ryan Allen boomed a 66-yard punt and Danny Amendola returned a kickoff 81 yards.

Detroit lost 6 yards on the series after the punt. Then, New England took a 7-3 lead on the next possession on Brady's 4-yard pass to Tim Wright.

The Lions came back to get a first-and-goal at the 3, but managed just a 20-yard field goal by Prater.

Amendola's long return on the subsequent kickoff set the Patriots up at the Detroit 22. And when they also got a first-and-goal at the 3, they took full advantage on the next play with a touchdown run by Blount less than a minute after Prater's field goal.

Even when Detroit put New England in poor field position, a punt by Sam Martin that went out of bounds at the 7, the Patriots couldn't be stopped. They marched 93 yards, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Brady to Wright for a 21-6 lead.

And when Prater's 53-yard field-goal attempt went wide to the left with 35 seconds left in the half, consecutive completions to Rob Gronkowski of 24 and 23 yards set up Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal for a 24-6 halftime lead.

NOTES: The Patriots have won six games by at least 22 points. ... The Lions had won four straight before losing consecutive games for the first time. ... The Patriots clinched their 14th winning record in a row.

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Patriots dominating both sides of the ball

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance.

The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team.

Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC’s best record rolled over the team with the NFL’s stingiest defense, 34-9 on Sunday, for their seventh straight win.

“Everyone is linked together,” quarterback Tom Brady said, “so we all feed off each other — offense, defense, special teams.”

Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns exactly 14 years after his pro debut in another 34-9 game against the Lions. In that Thanksgiving meeting, the rookie was a late-game replacement for Drew Bledsoe in Detroit’s win.

On Sunday, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 78 yards and two short scores and the Patriots improved to 44-3 in their last 47 regular-season home games.

The Patriots (9-2) have such depth that Jonas Gray didn’t even play one week after rushing 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He was sent away from Friday’s practice for reporting late, just one day after Blount signed. Blount was cut by Pittsburgh last Tuesday, the day after he walked to the locker room as the Steelers were lining up for the last play.

Blount rushed for 772 yards for the Patriots last season, but didn’t re-sign.

“He’s never been a problem for us,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “It was a good welcome back for him today.”

The Patriots led 24-6 at halftime as Brady repeatedly found wide-open receivers.

“We blew a lot of coverage,” Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “They sped up the tempo a bit and I think we lost our composure.”

The Patriots routed a division leader for the third straight week, following wins over Denver and Indianapolis. They visit Green Bay, which began the day tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead, next Sunday.

In their last five games, the Lions (7-4) have led for 45 minutes, 53 seconds, been tied for 44 minutes, 17 seconds and trailed for 209 minutes, 50 seconds, according to STATS.

For the second straight week, they lost to a conference leader, having fallen to Arizona 14-6 a week earlier

What does that say about the Lions?

“I think we’ll figure that out at the end of the year,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

But they didn’t score a touchdown in either game.

“I am not concerned,” Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said. “We still have time to get things going.”

The Lions bore little resemblance to the team that had allowed the fewest points in the NFL. They had given up just 68.6 yards rushing per game, so Brady threw frequently — and quickly to avoid the rush.

He finished with 38 completions in 53 attempts with one interception, with Julian Edelman catching 11 passes for the highest-scoring team in the NFL.

“Ever since I’ve been here, the coach has put it in my ears that football season starts after Thanksgiving,” Edelman said.

The Patriots have had quite a head start.

The Lions managed just three field goals by Matt Prater as Stafford completed 18 of 46 passes for264 yards and one interception while the Patriots shut down his two star receivers. Golden Tate had just four catches after entering the game third in the NFL with 68. Johnson was held to four receptions for 58 yards.

“The coaches believe in us at the cornerback spot, man, and set up the perfect matchups for us,” Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner said.

Special teams gave the Patriots a huge boost in the first half when Ryan Allen boomed a 66-yard punt and Danny Amendola returned a kickoff 81 yards.

Detroit lost 6 yards on the series after the punt. Then, New England took a 7-3 lead on the next possession on Brady’s 4-yard pass to Tim Wright.

The Lions came back to get a first-and-goal at the 3, but managed just a 20-yard field goal by Prater.

Amendola’s long return on the subsequent kickoff set the Patriots up at the Detroit 22. And when they also got a first-and-goal at the 3, they took full advantage on the next play with a touchdown run by Blount less than a minute after Prater’s field goal.

Even when Detroit put New England in poor field position, a punt by Sam Martin that went out of bounds at the 7, the Patriots couldn’t be stopped. They marched 93 yards, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Brady to Wright for a 21-6 lead.

And when Prater’s 53-yard field-goal attempt went wide to the left with 35 seconds left in the half, consecutive completions to Rob Gronkowski of 24 and 23 yards set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 35-yard field goal for a 24-6 halftime lead.

NOTES: The Patriots have won six games by at least 22 points. … The Lions had won four straight before losing consecutive games for the first time. … The Patriots clinched their 14th winning record in a row.
Patriots dominating both sides of the ball
The Patriots passed their way to a convincing win over the Lions.
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Patriots tame the Lions 34-9

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady marched the New England Patriots up and down the field where they rarely lose, and they dominated the stingiest defense in the NFL.

Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns in a pass-heavy offense against the league’s top run defense and the Patriots stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Patriots led 24-6 at halftime as Brady repeatedly found wide-open receivers while the Lions struggled on offense again. For the second straight game, Detroit failed to score a touchdown.

New England (9-2) routed a division leader for the third straight week, following wins over Denver and Indianapolis, and improved to 44-3 in their last 47 regular-season home games.

Detroit (7-4) lost for the second straight week against a conference leader. It fell to Arizona 14-6 a week earlier.

The Patriots, the NFL’s highest-scoring team going in, showed once again they could do whatever it takes to exploit a defense.

In the 42-20 win over the Colts, they stuck with the running game as Jonas Gray rushed 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns. After being sent home from Friday’s practice for reporting late, he didn’t play at all on Sunday. The Patriots ran more in the fourth quarter, culminating with LeGarrette Blount’s second touchdown, a 1-yarder just three days after signing following his release by Pittsburgh.

The Lions bore little resemblance to the team that had allowed the fewest points in the NFL. They had given up just 68.6 yards rushing per game, so Brady threw frequently — and quickly to avoid the rush.

He finished with 38 completions in 53 attempts with one interception, with Julian Edelman catching 11 passes.

The Lions managed just three field goals by Matt Prater as quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled. He completed 18 of 46 passes for264 yards and one interception while the Patriots shut down his two star receivers. 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.

Special teams gave the Patriots a huge boost in the first half when Ryan Allen boomed a 66-yard punt and Danny Amendola returned a kickoff 81 yards.

Detroit lost 6 yards on the series after the punt. Then, New England took a 7-3 lead on the next possession on Brady’s 4-yard pass to Tim Wright.

The Lions came back to get a first-and-goal at the 3 but managed just a 20-yard field goal by Prater.

Amendola’s long return on the subsequent kickoff set the Patriots up at the Detroit 22. And when they also got a first-and-goal at the 3, they took full advantage on the next play with a touchdown run by Blount less than a minute after Prater’s field goal.

Even when Detroit put New England in poor field position, a punt by Sam Martin that went out of bounds at the 7, the Patriots couldn’t be stopped. They marched 93 yards, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Brady to Wright for a 21-6 lead.

And when Prater’s 53-yard field-goal attempt went wide to the left with 35 seconds left in the half, consecutive completions to Rob Gronkowski of 24 and 23 yards set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 35-yard field goal for a 24-6 halftime lead.

 
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Tom Brady passed for 2 TD's and 349 yards to lead the Patriots over the Lions.
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