Belicheats at Lions
Posted 25 November 2010 - 03:40 PM
Posted 25 November 2010 - 05:09 PM
Posted 25 November 2010 - 07:30 PM
DETROIT (AP)—Tom Brady was perfect on the field and his exit was first class.
Brady threw a season-high four touchdown passes, all in the second half, and the New England Patriots routed the Detroit Lions 45-24 on Thursday after trailing by 11 late in the second quarter.
“We showed some resiliency, coming out in the second half and playing the way we did when the crowd was into it,” Brady said.
Following Brady’s brief news conference, the former Michigan star jogged out of Ford Field—limping slightly up a steep ramp—hugged Robert Kraft and got into an idling limo with the team owner behind a police escort.
New England (9-2) moved a half-game ahead of the AFC East rival New York Jets—who played Cincinnati on Thursday night—for the NFL’s best record, setting up a showdown at home Dec. 6.
“I don’t think we’re at where we need to be at,” Brady said. “But this is a tough group.”
No one in the red, white and blue is tougher than Brady.
After taking a ton of shots early in the game, the three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time MVP bounced back to complete 21 of 27 passes for 341 yards with no interceptions, giving him a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 for the second time in his career.
“He’s like a surgeon,” Detroit center Dominic Raiola said.
Brady threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Deion Branch early in the fourth quarter after connecting with him on a 79-yarder to tie it at 24. Wes Welker’s second TD reception sealed the victory with 6:42 left, putting the Patriots ahead by two TDs and making their double-digit deficit a distant memory.
“When you outscore a team 35-7 in the second half, a lot of things have to go right,” New England coach Bill Belichick said.