DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on November 25 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Patriots Dominate Second Half, Lions Lose For Seventh-Straight Thanksgiving, 45-24

After a hot start and a 17-10 first half lead, the Lions looked primed to change their fortunes on Thanksgiving. But Tom Brady and the Patriots came out firing in the second half, and the Lions were no match for the Patriots holiday attack.

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Patriots Vs. Detroit: The Wheels Are Coming Off The Lions Bandwagon. Again.

Well, say this much for Detroit: For two quarters, they looked GREAT. Sure, the Patriots woke up and completely annihilated them in the second half, but STILL.

A half of good football is better than the Thanksgiving showing we get from Detroit most years. And in fairness to the Lions, when the Patriots are playing as well as they have for most of the second half, it’s pretty much hopeless for whoever their playing. Ask the Steelers or Colts.

Bottom line: Tom Brady at his best is better than just about anyone in the entire NFL, and today was yet another reminder that after a few lean years in New England, Brady’s back to playing his best football. The rest of the league can cower in fear accordingly. Or, like one festive Lions fan, slump in your seat and accept the inevitable…



Patriots Vs. Lions: Uh-Oh, Somebody Woke Up Tom Brady At Halftime

Tom Brady has thrown for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the Patriots at this point. In the first half, they were struggling.

In the second half, Tom Brady has been nearly flawless. The Patriots just followed a missed field goal by the Lions with a five-play, 64-yard drive that last less than three minutes. We’re seeing the juggernaut version of the Patriots right now, and if this keeps up, it’s hard to imagine the Lions keeping pace.

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Patriots Vs. Lions: At 24-24, Suddenly, It's A Shootout In Detroit

A great kick return from Stefan Logan got the Lions started, and some more magic between Shaun Hill and Calvin Johnson took them the rest of the way. Maurice Morris finished the drive with a short touchdown run, and it looked like the Lions had re-gained control.

That last approximate five minutes.

On the very next set of downs, the Patriots responded with a 79-yard touchdown to Deion Branch. And just when America was ready to slip away to Thanksgiving dinner, this game has turned into a shootout.


Patriots Vs. Lions: Wes Welker And The Patriots Tie It Up At 17-17 After A Turnover

Just when it looked like the Patriots were ready to sleepwalk their way through this one, Devin McCourty picked off a Shaun Hill pass early in the third quarter, and the Patriots capitalized with a quick drive down the short field. Tom Brady finished things with a five yard pass to Wes Welker who forced his way into the endzone.

And suddenly, it’s a tie ballgame, and the Patriots have all the momentum.




Patriots Vs. Lions: Detroit Enters Halftime With 17-10 Lead Over New England

The Detroit Lions are surprising some people on Thanksgiving against the New England Patriots. Entering halftime, Detroit is holding onto a 17-10 lead over New England.

The Patriots kicked things off with a first quarter field goal only to be followed by 14 unanswered points from Detroit. QB Shaun Hill hit WR Calvin Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown pass and RB Maurice Morris later added a one-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 14-3 lead. New England responded with a 10-play, 83-yard drive that resulted in a RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis 15-yard touchdown run to make it 14-10 before Lions K Dave Rayner added a field goal at the end of the first half making it 17-10.

QB Tom Brady has been getting hit hard but still looks sharp completing 10-of-13 passes for 110 yards and no touchdown passes in the first half. Other than the Patriots, the Lions are the only team against whom Brady has not thrown a touchdown pass. Green-Ellis leads the Patriots with 39 yards rushing on seven carries while WR Wes Welker leads all Pats receivers with four receptions for 47 yards.

Hill has completed 15-of-22 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown pas. Morris has added 27 yards rushing while WR Nate Burleson leads Detroit receivers with 35 yards.

The Lions haven't won a Thanksgiving day game since 2003 but they're making a run to end that streak. Check out Pats Pulpit and Pride of Detroit for more on the game.


Patriots Vs. Lions: Detroit Surprising New England With 14-3 Second Quarter Lead

The Detroit Lions haven't won on Thanksgiving since the 2003 season but they're looking to change that against the New England Patriots as they take a 14-3 second quarter lead. The Lions scored on a WR Calvin Johnson touchdown reception and a RB Maurice Morris run.

Johnson's touchdown 19-yard touchdown reception came at the end of the first quarter giving the Lions a 7-3 lead over the Patriots.

The Lions forced a Patriots punt and got the ball back driving 63 yards in 13 plays culminating in a RB Maurice Morris touchdown run. The Lions had a fourth and goal from the Patriots two and got the first down on a Shaun Hill QB sneak before Morris punched it in for the 14-3 lead.

QB Tom Brady is getting hit hard and has already been sacked by Lions DT Ndamukong Suh.

It's still the first half but the Lions are making things interesting. Check out Pats Pulpit and Pride of Detroit for more on the game.


Patriots Vs. Lions: Detroit Takes 7-3 Lead On Calvin Johnson Touchdown

The Detroit Lions walk away with a first quarter lead against the New England Patriots, 7-3, in the first of three Thanksgiving day NFL games.

The New England Patriots struck first with an eight-yard, 41-yard drive that resulted in a field goal giving them a 3-0 lead but the Lions came roaring back at the end of the first quarter notching a Shaun-Hill-to-Calvin-Johnson touchdown pass that gives them a 7-3 lead after one quarter.

Lions QB Shaun Hill has completed 6-of-10 passes for 46 yards and a 19-yard touchdown pass to Johnson while Patriots QB Tom Brady has completed 5-of-7 passes for 62 yards.

Defensively, the Lions' Ndamukong Suh has already notched a sack, his eighth of the year.

The Lions lead the Patriots early in the second quarter, 7-3.


PHOTO: Patriots Vs. Lions Includes Throwback Uniforms

The New England Patriots are in Detroit to play the Lions in the annual Thanksgiving day game and both teams are going old-school with the uniforms. The teams are each wearing throwback uniforms.

The Patriots uniform include red jerseys, white pants and white helmets with the Pat Patriot logo. This will be the second and final time this season they wear them. The Lions jersey includes blue jerseys and the logo-less silver helmets.

Here are photos of both from the CBS telecast:




Patriots Vs. Lions: Tom Brady, Fred Taylor Are Active

The New England Patriots have released their inactive list in addition to the five players that have already been ruled out. Here's the full list: OL Stephen Neal, DL Myron Pryor, CB Jonathan Wilhite, DL Mike Wright, DL Brandon Deaderick, WR Taylor Price and OL Rich Ohrnberger.

This means that QB Tom Brady is indeed active. He was listed as questionable on the injury report with a foot injury and hasn't practiced all week.

This also means that RB Fred Taylor is active. He's been battling turf toe and has not played since Week 3. Taylor can't expect a huge load in his first game back but the Patriots will likely try to get him involved to get him up to speed for the remainder of the season. Also active for the Patriots is S Jarrad Page, who has been battling a calf injury for the last month.

The Lions inactives include QB Zac Robinson, QB Matthew Stafford, TE Tony Scheffler, T Jason Fox, G Donald Thomas, DE Lawrence Jackson, DE Willie Young and K Jason Hanson. The name to remember on that list is Stafford, who has missed most of the season due to a shoulder injury. Also of note is that RB Jahvid Best is active after battling turf toe.

Check out Pats Pulpit and Pride of Detroit for more on the game.


Patriots Vs. Lions: Tom Brady Expected To Play Despite Foot Injury

The New England Patriots seem to occasionally play games with the NFL's injury report so that's why the news that Tom Brady is listed as questionable for the Thanksgiving day against the Detroit Lions isn't causing much stress around New England. Everyone expects Brady to play, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"The truth to the matter is that everybody expects that Brady will be out there, despite the foot injury, despite the shoulder injury," Schefter said.  "He’s been on the injury report list before, he always seems to play."

Did we really think Brady wouldn't play? He didn't practice this week so there was some concern but over the years we've learned Brady's status isn't affected much by whether he's on the injury report or not. No one is quite sure what the foot injury is but it apparently doesn't matter if he'll play.

The 8-2 Patriots meet the 2-8 Lions at 12:30 p.m. Check out Pats Pulpit and Pride of Detroit for more on the game.


Patriots Vs. Lions: Will Tom Brady Play On Thanksgiving Day?

The New England Patriots and Detroit Lions will meet at 12:30 p.m. (eastern) on Thanksgiving day in what a lot of folks are predicting will be a blowout. The Patriots are 8-2 and tied for the best record in the NFL while the Lions continue to get closer each week but have won only two of their first 10 games.

The biggest question mark entering this game is Tom Brady, who has missed practice this week and is listed as questionable for the game with a foot injury. Some Boston media outlets are predicting he won't play but, according to SB Nation's Pats Pulpit, look for Brady to play.

Brady missed practice and on a short week that could certainly have its affects.  However, with a 10+ day break until the Jets game next Monday, don't expect Brady to not suit up tomorrow, despite what his injury report designation may be, and what the media may be saying.

The Patriots have already ruled out offensive lineman Stephen Neal, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, and defensive lineman Mike Wright while the Lions kicker Jason Hanson, defensive end Lawrence Jackson and quarterback Matthew Stafford. The big name on that list is Stafford, who continues to suffer from a shoulder injury.

NFL odds have this game pegged at 7-7.5 points in favor of the Patriots, which is no surprise. The Pats have the league's top ranked offense. They're coming off of two consecutive victories over two of the league's top teams, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Meanwhile the Lions have lost three in a row and four of their last five as the hold the NFL's 15th ranked offense and 22nd ranked defense.

Check out Pats Pulpit and Pride of Detroit for more on the game.

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