Patriots pummel the Lions, stay atop the AFC

AP

New England remains the class of the AFC, and Detroit will need to turn things around to make the playoffs in the NFC.

That’s the takeaway after the Patriots dominated the Lions today, winning 34-9 in a game that saw Tom Brady look great and Matthew Stafford look lousy.

Brady completed 38 of 53 passes for 349 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. The Patriots’ game plan was to beat the Lions through the air, and it worked. Newly acquired running back LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots’ rushing game and scored two touchdowns, but New England primarily put this game on Brady. (Last week’s star of the Patriots’ running game, Jonas Gray, was benched after showing up late to practice this week.)

Stafford struggled throughout and finished 18 for 46 for 264 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. His 39 percent completion rate was the worst completion percentage in any game of his NFL career. The Patriots’ defense didn’t even play particularly well, but the Lions couldn’t capitalize on several New England coverage breakdowns. Three different Stafford passes into the end zone went through his receivers’ hands, and on multiple other occasions, Stafford had open receivers and missed them.

Now the Patriots enter the home stretch of their schedule knowing that if they can win four of their remaining five games, they earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Lions fall a game behind the Packers in the NFC North, and they now know that they’ve lost any room for error. With the Bears coming to town on Thanksgiving, the Lions have to start playing better or watch the playoffs slip from their grasp.

86 responses to “Patriots pummel the Lions, stay atop the AFC

  1. The Bucs gave away a 4th and Tim Wright to New England for the worst years of Logan Mankins. This is why New England is a great franchise and Tampa Bay is a dumpster fire. At least we’re a good farm team for them (Wright, Blount, Revis, Casillas, Talib, etc…)

  2. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Joique Bell, and Matthew Stafford and they cannot score a touchdown? That’s pretty sad. Just sad. Joe Lombardi must have inherited his genes from his grandmother; his grandfather’s genes are certainly not in his DNA.

  3. The best team in the NFL!!!!

    All I remember from the Mankins trade and first few weeks of the season, was that it was a horrible trade. How do YA feel about that trade now?? Haaaa!!!!

    Legion of Boom in the secondary! #HYBRIDS

  4. Another week, another New England domination of a division leading team.

    And to top it off, the Packers finally came back down to earth, and squeaked one out against the Vikes.

    I don’t see how you look at NE and GB and say NE isn’t better… By far and away the more complete team. And its truly not even close.

    Even if Arizona wins at Seattle, I cant see a case being made for anybody but NE at numero uno on the absolutely outstanding PFT Power Rankings. (sarcasm on that last bit)

  5. Last 3 games the Pats played Peyton Manning, Demarius Thomas, Julius Thomas, E Sanders, Wes Welker-Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, TY Hilton, Hakeem Nicks-Matt Stafford, Megatron, Golden Tate, Joique Bell and throttled them all convincingly. Next up Aaron Rodgers, Jordie Nelson, Reggie Cobb, and Eddie Lacy coming off a 3 point win against the Vikings.

  6. Now the Patriots enter the home stretch of their schedule knowing that if they can win four of their remaining five games, they earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
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    After next week, they’ll need to win four of their next four to achieve that goal.

    Go Pack Go!

  7. Back in October after the Patriots beat the Bills I made this comment:

    “And now the Patriots season is taking its usual course where the Pats start sluggish and the Patriots Dynasty is declared over. This is followed by the Pats gaining their footing and steamrolling through the regular season. At the end of the regular season they are declared Super Bowl favorites before they ultimately lose prematurely in the playoffs.”

    Everything is going to plan, so far…

  8. When was the last time the Detroit Lions won a big game? I mean, I can’t remember one. They always come up small when it counts

  9. It was expected that the Lions go 1-2 over their last 3 game stretch against Miami, Arizona and New England. They need to win their next 4 games though, all against inferior teams. No reason they shouldn’t be 11-4 heading into Green Bay.

  10. In this game the Pats should have scored 40-50 points. The continued stupid mental mistakes resulting in penalties must stop. It will cost us with a loss against a top level team, possibly in the play-offs. Tom continually forcing the ball to Gronk when he’s tripled covered must also stop. It cost them points on the first drive of the second half with the interception, although he was only doubled at that time. Tom’s inaccuracy is also a continued issue on the long ball, and let’s hope Lafell’s shoulder is fine after diving for another inaccurate pass. Last week Edleman was hurt on a bad pass on the sideline early in the game. The Pats roster is way to talented, the only way they lose is to defeat themselves with stupid mistakes. The defense is the best since the Super Bowl era.

  11. I did not expect to win this game but Joe Lombardi’s playcalling is terrible. He needs to figure it out soon or be fired, just terrible.

  12. The Patriots are the gold standard of the NFL.

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    Gold Standard? Does gold standard mean have not sniffed a championship in a decade?

  13. I don’t want to hear boo from all Stafford haters. He threw 3 touchdown passes. They were all dropped.

  14. cant wait for gb to get a beatdown by the patriots, and by beatdown i mean 27-26 with a field goal that barely makes it over the crossbar with no time remaining….then gb fans go into typical…but but but it was the refs.

  15. gysot says:
    Nov 23, 2014 4:48 PM
    The Patriots are the gold standard of the NFL.

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    Gold Standard? Does gold standard mean have not sniffed a championship in a decade?

    So we know the haters are stupid, right?

  16. When the Patriots started turning things around after the Chiefs game, the critics talked about a six week stretch of tough games, and how New England would be lucky to win two of them, some people predicting a 9-7 season!

    The Pats have won SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES, beating the then-touted Bears, the Donks, the Colts, and now the #1 defense of the Lions.

    But have you heard; Tom Brady is all washed up, and the game has passed Belichick by!!!!!!

    Bwaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaa

  17. ot says:
    Nov 23, 2014 4:48 PM
    The Patriots are the gold standard of the NFL.

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    Gold Standard? Does gold standard mean have not sniff”ed a championship in a decade?


    How can you say “not have sniffed a championship in the last decade”
    When they were a play away from winning 2 more in the last 7 years.

    Again, the haters are just stupid.

  18. Lions are in a rut. No doubt about that. With the offensive weapons that Lombardi has, there is absolutely no excuse for no touchdowns in the past 2 games.

    With that said, I wouldn’t say this is the “same ole’ Lions” or here comes the “collapse”. The fact of the matter is that the Lions lost two consecutive road games, who also happen to be against the two best teams in the NFL.

    Lions control their own fate. Though, these two last games do concern me.

    – Lions Fan.

  19. Didn’t I hear that “the patriots just aren’t good anymore”. -(Trent dilfer), etc….what was that? As a Boston resident and long time Patriots fan I love hearing all the fools out there speak….Brady and Belichick have earned the right to not be underestimated but that’s what the analysts did……underestimate……GO PATS!!!!

  20. Fanasaurus is correct. The second half Tom Brady sucked, continually throwing poor passes: pick inside the red zone, throwing Edelman into all kinds of hits, forcing it to Gronk for what should have been another pick….I Know the lions d is tough, but he can’t make those throws in the playoffs.

  21. Pats v Packers has the potential to be EPIC. Don’t care which side you are on or what you think is gonna happen … the “that’s why they play the games” mantra applies in spades to this one.

  22. 2 weeks ago when the Lions beat the Dolphins, I said the Lions wouldn’t win another game this year, and got hated on. They haven’t won since.

    No, New England. You have no chance at Green Bay next week.We are untouchable at home right now.

  23. All you people who love Matt so much answer this. How many TD’s has he threw the past two weeks? 18-46? today? seriously? I’m sorry fellow fans of my lions he will never take us to the SB. I know he had some drops the past few games but he is still way to inconsistent to do anything special in this league. Fastest player to 20,000 yards but how many playoff wins has he got us?
    Nothing more than a fantasy football QB. We need to move on from him, the sooner the better.

  24. Brady throws for 38 of 53 with one pick that was the result of a clear hold of Gronk that went uncalled. He put up 34 points against the league’s top-rated defense with virtually no running game to support him. Early in the game his receivers dropped a number of balls that along with untimely penalties stalled drives. The played conservative in the second half with the lead (Brady continually put the ball where the defense couldn’t get to it. Despite all this a Pats’ fan is giving him advice on how he needs to improve his play. Absurd.

  25. Patriots’ defense didn’t even play particularly wel

    What? This is the best their D has looked in years.

    The can actually pressure the quarterback and they’re not horrible on 3rd downs. That hasn’t been the case for quite some time.

    It was actually their offense that sputtered in the 2nd half, before that pick they were on the road to 50.

  26. @jchipwitch

    You’ve spent the first 11 weeks of the season wasting your time trolling the Patriots posts. Meanwhile, if you paid any attention to your Dolphins, you’d find out that they’re a very competitive club.
    .

  27. OL was bad, Stafford was bad, receivers didn’t make plays. Ebron blows. Plain and simple, we didn’t execute.

    I will say this, there is real lack of creativity on offense. We didn’t challenge the pats D. They had a simple gameplan and they shut us down. I know Lombardi cut down the playbook, but c’mon. That was too easy for NE

  28. The play of the game belongs to Ryan Allen. He short hopped a long snap and boomed a 65 yard punt from his own endzone. Detroit had the lead and some momentum before then.

  29. tigerlilac says:

    Brady throws for 38 of 53 with one pick that was the result of a clear hold of Gronk that went uncalled. He put up 34 points against the league’s top-rated defense with virtually no running game to support him. Early in the game his receivers dropped a number of balls that along with untimely penalties stalled drives. The played conservative in the second half with the lead (Brady continually put the ball where the defense couldn’t get to it. Despite all this a Pats’ fan is giving him advice on how he needs to improve his play. Absurd.

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    Exactly……..all these haters out there are hilarious…trying to point out a negative always….listen to the Pats speak at there press conferences…they always try and stay positive and humble even when they’re blowing out teams…..nobody’s perfect…even Tom…but he does so many great things throughout the game it’s incredible…he’s 37 years old for gods sake…these young overpaid QB’s are a joke and will never come close to Tom’s career….hating breeds losing…stop it..

  30. thelionsrgreat says: Nov 23, 2014 5:04 PM

    All you people who love Matt so much answer this. How many TD’s has he threw the past two weeks? 18-46? today? seriously? I’m sorry fellow fans of my lions he will never take us to the SB. I know he had some drops the past few games but he is still way to inconsistent to do anything special in this league. Fastest player to 20,000 yards but how many playoff wins has he got us?
    Nothing more than a fantasy football QB. We need to move on from him, the sooner the better.
    ^
    I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the Lions next quarterback?..who should they go after? maybe a trade?..please enlighten us all on your grand plan for the next Lions qb?

  31. How many millions is Stafford paid to know where the first down marker is? And he slides short when he could easily have taken the hit and made it? How wimpy.

  32. The Patriots are the gold standard of the NFL.

    ——————–
    Gold Standard? Does gold standard mean have not sniff”ed a championship in a decade?


    How can you say “not have sniffed a championship in the last decade”
    When they were a play away from winning 2 more in the last 7 years.

    Again, the haters are just stupid.
    ____________________

    Enjoy your 2 almost tropyhs

  33. The Lions play calling is a joke. How can OC’s watch NE year after year and still insist on the need to “establish the running game” first?

    And if I see one more run into the middle on 2nd after an incompletion /short gain on 1st I will pull out what little hair I have left. Our talent is being wasted.

    As a University of Michigan and Lions fan, I’m ready to switch to the other version of football that the rest of of the world seems to enjoy. This is getting too painful.

  34. Pats haters, and I know you are legion, I have but one favor to ask of you.

    When you come on line with your usual drivel, do us the favor of naming the team that you root for, and you MIGHT be taken seriously.

    MIGHT

  35. People please stop saying the Pats haven’t won in a decade, spy gate, this and that…..it’s GETTING OLD!!!!! they have been knocking on the door since 2004……they are always in the hunt and have been to 2 more superbowls since…WHAT HAS YOUR TEAM ACCOMPISHED??? Nothing like they have I’m sure of it so zip it… They should’ve won it all in 2007 but we all know what happened and if gronk were healthy we would have most certainly won the next one…2 SUPERBOWL APPEARANCES AFTER YOUR LASHINGS OF THEM!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? ZIP IT!!!!!!!!

  36. @staffordsyear

    Why am I expected to explain my statements when you couldn’t even comment on mine. He has done NOTHING!!

  37. god forbid we are critical of Tom Brady. Look I think he’s playing exceptional this year but he was clearly not at his best in the second half and in fact he looked a lot like the guy in the first half of the Colts game. All I am saying is that he cannot play bad and the Patriots win in the playoffs we have not won a single playoff game in which he’s played average or poorly. We need him to play well in the postseason in order for us to win.

  38. kerzondax says:
    Nov 23, 2014 5:02 PM
    Pats v Packers has the potential to be EPIC. Don’t care which side you are on or what you think is gonna happen … the “that’s why they play the games” mantra applies in spades to this one.

    epic? not at lambeau, where green bay gets every single solitary call in their favor. with that said , final will be patriots 31 packers 21

  39. Pats have beaten 4 first place teams by a combined 162-67. But they continue to have the easiest schedules, refs in their back pocket, Spygate blah, blah, blah.

  40. tigerlilac, I’m only pointing out the facts, The Patriot won three Super Bowls with a move the chains offense and a excellent defense. In those days they were the best in the league at not committing penalties. As it stands they are averaging 10 per game (worst in the league) compared to less than 2 back in the day (when they were best in the league). I suggest you go back and look at Tom’s deep ball completion percentage when he has no pressure this year and the receiver is wide open. It is horrible. God forgive me if I point out the obvious mistakes I see. Coach Belicheck after every game does the same (humble pie), per the players (no I’m not a coach). I said this team is the most talented in this league in my opinion, and no one can beat them but themselves. The PFW post game crew also said that Tom played poorly in the 2nd half. It’s obvious to me that you think Brady can do no wrong, I simply disagree. As do many others.

  41. jchipwood says: Nov 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    @6ball

    Your right and chipwitch was funny and original.
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    I call chippy “gramps.” His fish are on right now, but he’s here trolling NE, as usual. His jealousy level must be insane right now.

    gysot’s a ram’s fan…lol

  42. Did you people badmouthing Stafford even watch the game? There were dropped TDs on three different possessions. In the words of Gisele, “Does he need to throw the ball and catch it too?”

  43. Pats/ Packers will be a fun game to watch.
    Brady, the old master, Rogers, the young gun.
    Prediction: Pats defense shuts down Rogers’ receivers, no GB run game, Pats blow them up!

  44. Pats defense didn’t even play particularly well…

    Stafford had his worst game as a pro-this doesn’t happen if the defense isn’t playing outstanding.
    Rushing yards was sub 100 for the game.
    So the Pats stopped the rush.
    And they stopped the Pass
    Gave up no touchdowns.

    I can’t wait until they have a good day.

  45. ceskazbrojovka says:
    Nov 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    Pats will kill the Pack
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    If you think the Patriots stand a chance at Lambeau, YOU ARE ON CRACK!!!! The way my Packers have been playing at home, we will win by at least 40. Clown.

  46. This game could have been put away by the middle of the 3rd quarter, but it’s nice that the Patriots got the win regardless. Brady was good today but I’ve seen him play better although he had to get rid of the ball within 2 seconds because the Lions actually were hitting him. Legarrette Blount was awesome today glad they got him back. Nice to see Amendola get that 81 yard return because I actually am one of the few Patriots fans that likes him. Defense held the Lions to 3 field goals and were sacking Stafford which is what I like to see. Next up is Green Bay which will be the hardest game of the season.

  47. 480volt says:
    Nov 23, 2014 5:27 PM
    People please stop saying the Pats haven’t won in a decade, spy gate, this and that…..it’s GETTING OLD!!!!! they have been knocking on the door since 2004……they are always in the hunt and have been to 2 more superbowls since…WHAT HAS YOUR TEAM ACCOMPISHED??? Nothing like they have I’m sure of it so zip it… They should’ve won it all in 2007 but we all know what happened and if gronk were healthy we would have most certainly won the next one…2 SUPERBOWL APPEARANCES AFTER YOUR LASHINGS OF THEM!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? ZIP IT!!!!!!!!

    32 5
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    Read your own post. This is my problem with patsies and Seahawks fans. Would have,could have, in your own words. Did not in reality, which is all that matters. If joe Montana and jerry rice were still playing they would have, if Elway and Terrell Davis were still playing they should have. ZIPIT excuse maker. No Super Bowls since g bush was president. No Super Bowls since the league took away the spy cams. Stop living in the past and pretending it’s the present.

  48. It’s easy to win, when your quarterback has a 2nd frequency in his helmet from a coach telling him the defense before the snap, the coach mic’s the lineman so they can steal the opposing quarterbacks signals, jam the opposing coaches radio frequency during home games, and oh yea flat out video tapping other teams down and distance, packages and personnel.

  49. After all the Pats have won since ‘spygate’, the only thing the haters have left is they haven’t won either of the two Super Bowls they’ve been to. Even if they win it this year, it’ll be: ‘Well…but…but… they haven’t won back to back SBowls since ‘spygate’. Don’t bother.

  50. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says:
    Nov 23, 2014 8:25 PM
    Another solid win for Ernie and the automatics (refs in foxboro).

    Love it. When Stafford slides a full yard before the first down marker, it’s TEH REFS.

    Revis bats down a pass? TEH REFS.

    Lions D allows a completion? TEH REFS.

    Sun goes up, then down? TEH REFS.

    2001asterisk poops when he farts? TEH REFS.

  51. I am a fan of the game, and intellectual honesty. Don’t get me wrong, I have respect for what your team has accomplished but many of the posters here remind me of the bears super fan act from snl years ago. There are many other reasons for you not winning multiple championships besides Gronk being injured. Like being out played in almost every playoff game over the last several years.

  52. Nice try, with the intellectually honest routine. Any objective fan realizes what the Pats have accomplished in the salary cap era. The rest are haters and deniers. No honesty involved.

    By the way, the Pats have won multiple Championships.

    Sorry you’re a fan of a losing team.

  53. Not a Pats fan at all but they are clearly the best team in the league at the moment. As a football fan I can only hope for a Denver rematch in the AFc Championship game.

  54. I’m no Pats fan, but the Lions sure could learn a thing or two from NE. All that talent, all that bravado, all that talk about how Stafford is an elite level QB – try WINNING one of these games for once, then maybe we can talk. Until then, Lions are nothing but second tier just waiting to slip back to bottom feeder.

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