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By SI Wire
November 17, 2014

Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots

Two of the NFL's best square off in Week 12 on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. New England's offense (8-2) is second in the NFL, averaging better than 32 points a game, while the Lions (7-3) come in with the league's stingiest defense, ranking No. 1 against the run and No. 5 against the pass. The Lions are coming off a 14-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and the Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts 42-20 on Sunday Night Football.

The teams have played 10 times in history, with New England leading the series 6-4. They last played in 2010, a 45-24 victory by the Patriots at Ford Field in Detroit.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here

How to watch

Details for Sunday's game are below:

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Live stream: The game can be streamed live here.

TV coverage: FOX

Radio: For a list of Lions affiliates, click hereFor a list of Patriots affiliates, click here.

Season recaps


Week 11: Cardinals 14, Lions 6

Drew Stanton threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since replacing injured Carson Palmer, helping Arizona win its sixth straight game. The Cardinals converted eight of 14 third down conversions. Arizona has its best record after 10 games since 1948.

Neither team scored in the second half, and Detroit never got close to scoring again after Matt Prater’s field-goal near the end of the second quarter. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for only 183 yards and was sacked four times.

Week 10: Lions 20, Dolphins 16

Matthew Stafford found Theo Riddick for an 11-yard touchdown less than a minute remaining to give the Lions a 20-16 victory. Calvin Johnson played in his first game since Week 5 and recorded seven catches for 113 yards with a touchdown. Reggie Bush returned from an ankle injury but carried only four times. The Detroit defense held the Dolphins to just 228 yards of total offense. Miami's lone touchdown came after a blocked field goal gave the Dolphins the ball at the Lions' 3-yard line.

Week 9: Bye

Week 8: Lions 22, Falcons 21

Matt Prater's 48-yard field goal as time expired gave the Lions their third-straight victory. After trailing 21-0 at halftime, the Lions came all the way back behind Matthew Stafford's two touchdown passes. Golden Tate had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown as the Lions won without injured stars Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush.

Week 7: Lions 24, Saints 23

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes to rally the Lions from a 23-10 deficit. Golden Tate, who had 10 catches for 154 yards, caught a 73-yard touchdown with 3:38 remaining, and Glover Quin intercepted Drew Brees on the ensuing drive. Corey Fuller caught the game-winning five-yard score with 1:48 left.

Week 6: Lions 17, Vikings 3

The Lions dominated in a win over the division rival Vikings. The Detroit defense intercepted rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater three times. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 185 yards but didn't turn the ball over. Theo Riddick led the way in receiving with five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Week 5: Bills 17, Lions 14

Dan Carpenter won it for Buffalo on a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining after Detroit kicker Alex Henery missed all three of his attempts in the game. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Rashean Mathis scored a touchdown for Detroit with a 41-yard interception return.

Week 4: Lions 24, Jets 17

The Lions took a 17-3 halftime lead and held on for the win on the road. Matthew Stafford was 24-of-34 for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and GoldenTate caught eight passes for 116 yards. Detroit won the turnover battle 2-0.

Week 3: Lions 19, Packers 7

Detroit held the Packers to just 223 yards of offense and held the ball for 38:13. The Lions had a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Don Carey and a safety recorded by DeAndre Levy, who tackled Eddie Lacy in the end zone. Reggie Bush had Detroit’s lone offensive touchdown, a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Week 2: Panthers 24, Lions 7

Detroit turned the ball over three times and did not have a takeaway. The Lions’ lone score came in the third quarter on a one-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Jed Collins that gave them a 7-6 lead. Stephen Tulloch logged three tackles for loss.

Week 1: Lions 35, Giants 14

Matthew Stafford threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns, both to Calvin JohnsonJohnson finished with 164 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Detroit held the Giants to just 197 yards of total offense.


Week 11: Patriots 42, Colts 20

Third-string and undrafted running back Jonas Gray ran for a career-high 201 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Colts for the fifth straight time. Tom Brady threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, and Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 71 yards for New England, which tallied 501 yards of total offense. Andrew Luck threw for 300 or more yards for the eighth straight game, one short of tying an NFL record. The Colts had only 19 yards rushing for the game. 

Week 10: Bye

Week 9: Patriots 43, Broncos 21

Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to four different receivers as the Patriots avenged their loss in last season's AFC Championship against the Broncos. Brady completed 33 of 53 passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Rob Gronkowski led New England with nine catches for 105 yards and a score.

Week 8: Patriots 51, Bears 23

New England scored 38 first-half points en route to a blowout win over Chicago. Tom Brady completed 30 of 35 pass attempts for 354 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Rob Gronkowski led the way with nine catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon LaFell added 11 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown.

Week 7: Patriots 27, Jets 25

The Patriots held on for the victory by blocking Nick Folk's game-winning field goal attempt as time expired. Tom Brady completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdowns to Shane Vereen.

Week 6: Patriots 37, Bills 22

Tom Brady led the Patriots with 361 passing yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. Brandon LaFell led New England with 97 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Jason Collins had an interception as the Patriots forced three turnovers.

Week 5: Patriots 43, Bengals 17

The Patriots won the game against the league's last unbeaten team by a score of 43-17. New England forced three turnovers and piled up 505 yards of total offense.Tom Brady threw for 292 yards, surpassing the 50,000-yard mark and becoming the quarterback with the sixth-most career passing yards.

Week 4Chiefs 41, Patriots 14

The Patriots turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions. They failed to score in the first half and were down by as many as 34 points after Husain Abdullah picked off Tom Brady and returned it for a touchdown to make it 41-7. Jimmy Garoppolo made his NFL debut for New England and was 6-for-7 for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Week 3: Patriots 16, Raiders 9

New England sealed the win when Vince Wilfork intercepted a Derek Carr pass with 51 seconds to go. Julian Edelman made 10 catches for 84 yards. The teams combined to convert just one of six red-zone opportunities; the Patriots were 1-for-4.

Week 2: Patriots 30, Vikings 7

Dont’a Hightower and Chandler Jones had two sacks each as New England registered six sacks on the day. Jones also scored on a 58-yard return of a blocked field goal with nine seconds left in the first half to put the Patriots up 24-7. Stevan Ridley rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

Week 1Dolphins 33, Patriots 20

Despite leading 20-10 at halftime, the Patriots lost their opener for the first time since 2003. New England failed to put any points on the board in the second half while Miami came from behind to score 23. Tom Brady lost two fumbles in the game. Rob Gronkowski caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in his return from knee and forearm injuries.

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