09/23 22:36 CDT Matt Patricia-led Lions beat Bill Belichick, Patriots 26-10
Matt Patricia-led Lions beat Bill Belichick, Patriots 26-10
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) --- Matt Patricia beat mentor Bill Belichick, seemingly making all
the right moves to help the Detroit Lions deafeated the New England Patriots
26-10 Sunday night.
"I'm sure it meant a lot, his first win as a head coach," Detroit quarterback
Matthew Stafford said. "Probably no sweeter than to do it against your old team.
"We needed this one."
The Lions (1-2) suddenly looked like a team with a plan on offense and defense
under their first-year coach, and former New England assistant. They opened the
season with a 31-point loss to the New York Jets at home and fell short in a
comeback at San Francisco.
The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball,
losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012.
Detroit was in control from the start, creating holes for rookie running back
Kerryon Johnson and giving Matthew Stafford time to pass.
Johnson had 101 yards rushing on 16 carries, becoming the first player to reach
the mark for the Lions since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards against Green Bay on
Nov. 28, 2013. Detroit's 70-game stretch without a 100-yard rusher was the
longest since the NFL-AFL merger.
Tom Brady pulled the Patriots within three points on a 10-yard TD pass to James
White early in the third.
Detroit refused to let the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback get any
Stafford responded with a 33-yard TD pass, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive
that took more than 6 minutes off the clock.
Darius Slay picked off Brady's pass at the Detroit 15 midway through the fourth
quarter, helping the Lions seal the win.
Stafford was 27 of 36 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Brady was 12 of 24 for 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Detroit ran the play clock down often in the second half, seemingly choosing to
shorten the game and keep Brady off the field.
Fans booed at Ford Field when Patricia chose to kick a 38-yard field goal
instead of going for it on fourth-and-1.
"Any points against a team like that is going to be a good thing," Stafford
said. "We had a positive drive and you would hate to come away from it with no
Patriots: WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was inactive, delaying his New England
debut, after warming up with teammates. S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers
were inactive because of concussions. RB Rex Burkhead left the game in the
second half with a neck injury.
Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was inactive.
Patriots: Hosts the AFC-East leading Miami Dolphins (3-0).
Lions: Play at Dallas (1-2).
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