Tom Brady threw for four second-half touchdowns and 341 yards as the New England Patriots defeated the Detroit Lions 45-24.
The Patriots’ win moves them to 9-2 and a half-game ahead of the New York Jets (8-2) in the American Football Conference East Division. New York hosts the Cincinnati Bengals tonight after the New Orleans Saints visit the Dallas Cowboys.
New England was losing 17-10 at halftime in Detroit before Brady found Wes Welker with a five-yard touchdown pass to end a four-play drive at the start of the second half. Brady also hit Deion Branch with a 79-yard pass in the quarter. Both receivers also caught touchdowns in the fourth quarter, when the Patriots broke the game open. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for two.
Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw two interceptions, both made by rookie cornerback Devin McCourty, and had one touchdown pass. Detroit got two rushing touchdowns from Maurice Morris. The Lions dropped to 2-9, keeping the team in last place in the National Football Conference North Division.