It's gone final in Detroit. Matt Patricia and the Lions stun the New England Patriots with a convincing 26-10 win on Sunday Night Football. Tom Brady finished with just 133 yards passing and a 65.0 passer rating, as the story of the game was the Patriots' alarming futility on offense and one of Brady's worst games in recent memory.
The defense wasn't much better for the Patriots. Although they were able to stop the Lions for four field goals, 414 total yards and 25 first downs for Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense allowed them to dominate time of possession and produce enough points to get a comfortable win.
An all-around strong performance for the Lions, and an alarmingly bad showing for the Patriots. Panic buttons will be pushed in New England after a loss like that, fair or not.
Q4, 1:56: Prater nails another field goal and the Lions add to their lead, making it 26-10.
Instant Analysis: The Patriots defense certainly wasn't perfect tonight, but the story here is how Brady and the offense simply looked out of sorts for most of the game. Ten points marks their lowest offensive output since Week 17 of the 2015 season, when the Pats lost 20-10 to the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots' lack of receiver depth is glaring, as is their inability to consistently gain positive yards on the ground.
Q4, 3:16: Brady goes deep for Phillip Dorsett on fourth-and-12, and it falls incomplete. Lions to take over deep in New England territory.
Q4, 4:36: Kerryon Johnson became the first Lions player to rush for over 100 yards in a game in over four years. His running played a big role in the Lions' ability to control the clock for the majority of the game.
Q4, 7:23: Brady throws deep into double-coverage intended for Phillip Dorsett, and it's intercepted by Darius Slay. Lions take over on their own 19-yard line, still up 13.
Q4, 9:26: Patriots finally force a punt on the Lions. Cyrus Jones makes a fair catch at the 26. Patriots with yet another opportunity to claw back in the game.
Q4, 11:02: Brady and the Patriots with an ugly drive, forced to punt it back to the Lions down 23-10. Brady threw it deep with no receiver in the vicinity of the ball on first down, making it an intentional grounding penalty. The drive stalled out from there, with Brady taking a sack after finding no open receivers on third down.
Q3, 12:44: Prater hits another field goal and the Lions make it 23-10. At the same time, the Patriots reported that Rex Burkhead is being evaluated for a neck injury.
Instant Analysis: The Patriots' backs are getting closer to the wall. If they can't get points on their next drive, it's going to be tough to make a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter with the way this game has flowed. You don't want to have to count on another turnover by the Lions, but it's trending in that direction. There's reason to be confident that Brady can score, but the defense really needs to make another big play or two. -- Matt Dolloff
Q3, 3:45: Matthew Stafford finds Marvin Jones in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown, and the Lions are up 20-10. Jones had a step on Stephon Gilmore one-on-one after the cornerback was left with no safety help over the top.
Q3, 10:03: To, Brady finds the end zone, threading a perfect pass into the hands of James White for the touchdown. Patriots cut the lead to 13-10.
Q3, 13:42: Interception! Rookie Ja'Whaun Bentley makes the first pick of his career. Patriots quickly drove down the field in response.
Halftime analysis: Patriots hit the locker room down 13-3, as the Lions defense is stepping up against Tom Brady while a shorthanded Patriots defense is having trouble with Matthew Stafford and the Detroit offense. Full Halftime Thoughts
Q2:, 0:40: Patriots finally get on the board as Stephen Gotskowski hits a 36-yard field goal. Lions lead 13-3 and will get the ball to start the second half.
Q2, 2:00: Patriots driving as they hit the two-minute warning. Tom Brad's two big strikes to Rob Gronkowski have the Pats marching into Lions territory.
Q2, 4:58: Lions take a 13-0 lead, as Matt Prater nails the gimme from 25 yards. Nonexistent Patriots offense has a big drive coming up as Lions have dominated time of possession due to a trio of three-and-outs for Tom Brady & Co.
Instant Analysis: The Patriots clearly wanted to get the running game going, but it's just not happening so far. Sony Michel and the offensive line are struggling and Tom Brady missed on two third-down throws. The Lions are winning up front on both sides of the ball, and scored on both possessions while controlling the ball for the majority of the run time so far. Just like last week, Brady and the Pats offense needs to wake up before the game starts to get out of hand. -- Matt Dolloff
Q2, 12:26: Patriots go three-and-out for the third straight possession. Sony Michel got stuffed for a one-yard loss on third-and-1.
Q2, 14:12: The Lions now have a 10-0 lead after Matt Patricia wins a challenge. The touchdown is good from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay, and the Lions have the Patriots in an early 10-point hole.
Instant analysis: The Patriots offense is off to a slow start, with two three-and-outs. They're trying to get Sony Michel going again; the rookie touched the ball on three of their first six plays. The Lions appear to be covering Tom Brady's targets well in the early-going. Defensively, the Pats bent but didn't break. But Matt Patricia certainly could have gone for it on fourth-and-inches instead of taking the field goal. Conservative play-calling won't beat the Patriots in the long-run, but we'll see how long it takes for Brady and the Patriots offense to get rolling. -- Matt Dolloff
Q1, 5:55: Matt Prater hits a 39-yard field goal to put the Lions up 3-0. Matt Patricia elects to take the three points instead of going for it on fourth-and-inches from the 21-yard line.
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Q1, 13:32: Patriots go three-and-out on first possession. Lions take over at the 14-yard line.
8:20PM: The Patriots called heads and it came up tails in the opening coin toss. The Lions deferred to the second half, so the Patriots will receive to start the game for the second straight week.
6:50PM: Josh Gordon is among the seven inactive players for the Patriots against the Lions. He joins the injured Trey Flowers and Patrick Chung (concussions), along with Eric Rowe (groin), Jacob Hollister (chest), and healthy scratches Cole Croston and Brian Schwenke.
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