RB LeGarrette Blount made a triumphant return to the Patriots less than a week after being cut by the Steelers.
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The New England Patriots defeated the Detroit Lions 34-9 in Week 12 to take a commanding lead in the AFC playoff picture.
After giving up an early field goal in the first quarter, the Patriots took the lead thanks to a pass from QB Tom Brady to WR Tim Wright to make the score 7-3. From there, the Patriots never gave the lead back. In the second quarter, RB LeGarrette Blount, who the Patriots acquired off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers after he was cut this past week, scored his first TD with the Patriots since he rushed for four against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional playoffs last season. Another Brady TD to Wright extended the lead to 24-6 going into halftime.
In the second half the Patriots kept the Lions off the scoreboard and out of contention in the game, holding them scoreless in the third quarter and only allowing a field goal and tacking on another TD from Blount to extend their score to 34 in the fourth quarter.
With the win the Patriots rise to 9-2 on the season, guaranteeing their 14th consecutive winning season with Bill Belichik as the head coach. The Patriots next game will be on the road against the Green Bay Packers.
With the loss, the Lions have fallen to 7-4 and have now lost control of the NFC North by virtue of Green Bay’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions next game will be their annual Thanksgiving Day game when they host the Chicago Bears.