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Stephen Gostkowski sank a 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to give the Patriots a 30-28 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Lions QB Brad Kaaya’s errant pass sailed wide of Jace Billingsley to end the game.

The Patriots built a 24-0 lead with Tom Brady & Co. in the game.

Lions burn final timeout

Patriots RB D.J. Foster took a pair of handoffs to record a first down. There's 1:07 left on the clock as the Patriots face a second-and-10 at the Detroit 25.

The Lions have just used their third and final timeout.

Stephen Gostkowski is setting up for a 45-yard field goal with 6 seconds left.

Lions forced to punt

Lions QB Brad Kaaya entered the game and threw an incomplete pass on third down, intended for Jace Billingsley.

Lions RB Matt Asiata took back-to-back handoffs for a total of 3 yards to set up the third down incompletion.

Patriots punt returner Cyrus Jones set up New England at its own 32-yard line after a short return.

On the first play of the Patriots drive, QB Jimmy Garoppolo hit TE Jacob Hollister for a 32-yard gain.

New England has a first-and-10 at the Detroit 36-yard line at the 2-minute warning.

The Lions lead 28-27.

Patriots add field goal 

The Patriots are finally moving the chains the second half. They can thank their hurry-up offense.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed four straight passes to place New England inside Detroit territory.

The Patriots elected to go for it on a fourth-and-5 with 5:16 left, and a draw play by DJ Foster translated into a 13-yard gain.

But the Lions defense held up and forced the Patriots to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

The Lions lead 28-27 with 3:41 left.

Washington TD pushes Lions ahead 

The Lions have their first lead of the night.

Tight end Tim Wright was the favorite target of Lions QB Jake Rudock on a scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by Dwayne Washington.

The Lions lead the Patriots 28-24 with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter.

The drive showed an ugly side when back-to-back false start penalties – both assessed to guard Joe Dahl – pushed the Lions into a second-and-14 situation. But Rudock hit Wright for a first down gain to the Patriots 49-yard line, then again for another first down to the Patriots 35.

Jace Billingsley caught a 29-yard pass across the middle that he ran down to Patriots 6-yard line, setting up first-and-goal.

Washington took the next two handoffs to reach the end zone.

Wright is a fifth-year tight end out of Rutgers.

Garoppolo has not achieved first down

On third-and-2, Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo faced pressure and threw a pass toward DJ Foster, who could not reel it in to his chest.

Lions LB Nick Bellore (Central Michigan) was covering Foster on the play.

Jace Billingsley returned a punt 19 yards to the Lions 40-yard line, where they will begin a drive with 11:27 left in the game.

The Patriots lead 24-21.

Garoppolo has yet to record a first down in three drives.

Lions forced to punt

The fourth quarter began with the Lions facing a third-and-7 at their own 32. That’s when QB Jake Rudock flashed his mobility when he rolled left, and rushed upfield for a 16-yard gain.

From there, Jace Billingsley took a reverse for a 6-yard gain, but Matt Asiata was stopped for no gain and Rudock threw an incomplete pass on third down.

The Lions are punting with 13:01 left in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots lead 24-21.

The Lions outgained the Patriots 163-13 in the third quarter.

Patriots punt again

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has gone three-and-out on consecutive drives.

Lions CB DJ Hayden made a tackle to stop Patriots WR Austin Carr short of the chains, which set up a fourth-and-1. The Patriots elected to punt.

Jamal Agnew returned the kick 10 yards to begin the Lions' next drive at their own 19-yard line with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

The Patriots lead 24-21.

Rudock hits Abbrederis for 11-yard TD

Matthew Stafford has been pulled from the game — and former Wolverine QB Jake Rudock is keeping the Lions scoring touch going.

Rudock completed a pair of first down passes to Jared Abbrederis, and the duo connected again for an 11-yard touchdown with 3:44 left in the third quarter to cut the Patriots lead to 24-21.

On the drive, Matt Asiata had a first down carry to push the Lions to the New England 27.

Later, on a third-and-8, Rudock rolled to his left, stopped, and found Jace Billingsley for a first down gain to the New England 13.

Two plays later, Rudock connected with Abbrederis for the touchdown.

Stafford finished 15-of-22 with 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception — although most of his good work came with the Patriots soundly ahead 24-0.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah finished with 13 carries for 60 yards and three catches for 39 yards.

Lions LB Tahir Whitehead is out with a knee injury.

Patriots go three and out with Brady on sidelines

Tom Brady is on the bench as backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo is in the game.

And the Patriots are already punting.

The Patriots began the drive at third own 8-yard line – and went three and out. The highlight came on first down: Lions rookie LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin read a screen pass that resulted in a 3-yard loss when he brought down D.J. Foster.

The Lions will begin their next drive with 8:56 left in the third quarter. They have the ball at their own 38-yard line.

Stafford finding a groove, cuts deficit to 24-14

Matthew Stafford found a groove to end his night on a good note. And suddenly, the Lions are in the game.

Stafford connected with Dwayne Washington on an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter to cut the Patriots lead to 24-14. There's 10:34 left.

A holding penalty on the kickoff started the Lions on their own 12-yard line to begin the second half.

But Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has been a force, netting a 12-yard gain on the first play of the drive, then moving the chains yet again on another 12-yard gain.

Stafford was 4-of-5 on the drive and connected on a pair of third downs. First, he hit Golden Tate for a 17-yard gain to move the chains. Three plays later, he hit Marvin Jones to reach the New England 18.

On the ensuing play, Stafford hit Washington, who caught a pass at the 10-yard line and rushed into the end zone.


It's halftime at Ford Field as the Patriots lead 24-7.

Stafford 4-of-4 on TD drive

The Lions have found the end zone.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 23-yard touchdown pass along the right sideline — a perfectly lobbed pass over the shoulder of Patriots DB Malcolm Butler.

The Lions have cut the Patriots lead to 24-7 with 1:19 left in the half.

Stafford was 4-for-4 on the drive for 70 yards.

On a second-and-3 at the Detroit 37, Stafford connected with Ameer Abdullah for an 18-yard gain to the Patriots 45. That led to the 2-minute warning.

Two plays later, Stafford threw a touchdown pass. He connected with Golden Tate for a 22-yard gain to the Patriots’ 22-yard line. And on the next play, Jones reeled in the touchdown to complete a six-play, 80-yard drive in 2:43.

Quin picks off Brady

On a first-and-10 at the Detroit 38, New England QB Tom Brady was intercepted by Lions DB Glover Quin, who appeared to take advantage of a wrong route by Patriots WR Chris Hogan.

Quin picked off the pass in the end zone, giving the Lions possession at their 20-yard line with 4:10 left until halftime.

Stafford interception kills drive

Nothing is going right for the Lions, who nearly connected on a big gain, then committed a turnover on the next play.

It’s 24-0 Patriots with 5:56 left until halftime, which cannot come quick enough for the Lions.

On the drive, Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed passes for first downs to Marvin Jones (13 yards) and Golden Tate (6 yards) to push the Lions into New England territory for the first time of the night.

But they didn’t go much further.

The Lions nearly had their biggest play of the night on a second-and-6 from the New England 44 when Stafford threw a deep pass to the sideline to Jones, who appeared to drag both feet in bounds for a good catch.

But he was ruled out of bounds.

The play was reviewed — and Jones was juggling the ball as he fell out of bounds.

On the next play, Stafford’s pass across the middle was deflected and intercepted by Patriots defensive back Eric Rowe.

On the drive, Patriots safety Patrick Chung delivered a hefty hit on Lions TE Cole Wick, who went to the turf and eventually left the field.

New England punts for first time

The Lions defense finally showed some life.

Lions DE Anthony Zettel finally placed considerable pressure on Patriots QB Brady when he appeared to disrupt his throwing motion, resulting in an incomplete pass.

A delay of game penalty followed, which led to a Patriots’ third-and-15 near midfield. Brady scrambled, and appeared destined for the first-down marker, but he was tripped from behind by Lions DE Jeremiah Valoaga.

The Patriots (hold your chair) … actually brought out their punter.

Patriots punter Ryan Allen made his first appearance of the night and pinned the Lions at their own 14-yard line.

Brady is 11-for-13 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

The drive began at the New England 9, and on first down, RB Mike Gillislee rushed 27 yards. Lions rookie middle linebacker Jarrad Davis was blocked on the play, opening a large hole.

Abdullah moves the chains, finally

The Lions managed to achieve a first down before the first quarter ended.

Ameer Abdullah caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to move the chains for the first time as the Lions inch toward midfield.

It’s 24-0 Patriots with 14:00 left until halftime.

After the first-down catch,  Abdullah took back-to-back handoffs (-1 and 4 yards, respectively). That set up a third-and-7 from the Detroit 42.

But Stafford looked into the direction of Kenny Golladay, and his pass was easily broken up by Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore.

Stafford is 4-of-6 for 27 yards. Abdullah has four carries for 9 yards.

The Lions drive chart looks like this: Fumble, punt, punt, punt.

Gostkowski sinks 46-yard FG

Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 46-yard field goal attempt to boost the Patriots’ lead to 24-0. There’s 59 seconds left in the first quarter.

Chris Hogan was a big target for QB Tom Brady on the drive. Most notably, on a third-and-5 at the New England 40, Brady hit Hogan across the middle for a 25-yard gain.

No first downs

Chalk up another three-and-out for the Lions, who have yet to record a first down.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford’s first-down pass fell incomplete. On second down, Theo Riddick rushed for no gain. Third down? A measly 3-yard reception by Marvin Jones.

The Lions have 19 total yards on three possessions.

Gillislee scores on 1-yard TD run

Patriots RB Mike Gillislee rushed for a 1-yard touchdown — and converted the 2-point conversion — to place New England ahead 21-0 with 6:29 remaining in the first quarter.

That's right: Three touchdowns in 8 minutes, 31 seconds.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't need any luck to help him — especially given tonight's circumstances. But the touchdown drive was aided on a third-and-4 at the Patriots 37-yard line. Brady's pass was tipped by Lions defensive back Charles Washington — and into the hands of Danny Amendola for a 31-yard gain.

The Patriots drive lasted eight plays, stretching 74 yards in 3:08.

Brady is 6-for-7 for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots opted for the 2-point conversion when a Lions penalty occurred on the extra-point attempt.

Brady strikes again after Lions turnover

Things are getting out of hand rather quickly at Ford Field.

After the Lions turned the ball over on their first play following a Golden Tate fumble along the right sideline, the Patriots made Detroit pay for its mistake.

On the ensuing play, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady aired it out and hit Chris Hogan for a 32-yard touchdown to give New England a 13-0 lead after kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point.

So far, the Patriots have 102 yards of total offense on eight plays.

Brady carves up Lions' D on opening drive

Well, that didn't take long.

After facing backup quarterbacks against the Colts and Jets to open the preseason, the Lions' defense was finally put the test against a formidable offense.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady put on a clinic and march his team down the field before connecting with receiver Chris Hogan for a 7-yard touchdown to give New England a 7-0 lead with 11:51 left in the first quarter.

Brady and Julian Edelman consistently moved the chains early in the drive and paired up on back-to-back completions of 11 and 23 yards to quickly move into Lions' territory.

However, following Edelman's third catch, an 18-yard reception that put the Patriots in the red zone, he came up gingerly and favoring his right knee.

Following a defensive holding call of Tavon Wilson, Brady capped the 7-play, 75-yard drive by hooking up with Hogan.

Pregame info

The Lions take on the Patriots at Ford Field in their third preseason game. Starting quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady will get snaps for their respective teams before their understudies take over.

The Lions will look to get a rhythm going with their run game, which is likely to see Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington getting a bulk of the carries as the team takes a cautious approach with Ameer Abdullah, who missed much of 2016 with a foot injury.


What: Third preseason game for both teams.

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

Records: Lions 2-0, Patriots 0-2

TV / radio: WJBK Fox 2 / WJR 760


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