Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford completed 12-of-25 passes for
166 yards and a touchdown, as the Detroit Lions pounded the New England
Patriots, 40-9, on Thursday in the third preseason game for both teams.
Reggie Bush caught five passes for 103 yards, while backup quarterback
Kellen Moore finished an efficient 9-of-12 passing for 150 yards and two
scores for the Lions, who received a touchdown grab apiece from tight ends
Joseph Furia and Tony Scheffler.
Tom Brady played the entire first half under center for the Patriots, who
turned the ball over four times in their first five drives. Brady finished 16-
of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception.
Rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was the lone bright spot for New
England, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards to lead all receivers.
Brady led the Pats deep into Detroit territory on the opening drive of the
game, but Zach Sundfeld fumbled the ball at the Detroit 10 to end the trek.
David Akers knocked down a 23-yard field goal on Detroit's ensuing touch, but
missed a 31-yarder following a Brandon Bolden fumble later in the first.
Brady was picked off by Chris Houston on New England's next touch, and four
plays later, Stafford hit Scheffler for a 9-yard score to make it 10-0.
A Shane Vereen fumble on the third play of the Patriots' ensuing possession
set up a 31-yard field goal from Akers to push the lead to 13-0 before Stephen
Gostkowski connected on a 31-yarder of his own to get the Pats on the board.
Akers nailed a 49-yard field goal late in the first half before Moore took
over under center to start the second and led the Lions on an 8-play, 80-yard
drive that culminated in a 22-yard scoring strike to Fauria for a 23-3 lead.
Akers added a 47-yarder later in the frame to make it 26-3.
Micheal Spurlock hauled in a 15-yard TD reception from Moore in the fourth and
Theo Riddick added a 2-yard touchdown plunge to push the margin to 40-3.
New England backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who finished 11-of-22 passing for
96 yards, found James Develin for a 9-yard score with under a minute left to
account for the final margin.
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