Patriots 28

Lions 21

Nfl Week 13

December 04, 2006

New England dodges upset

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots know how to finish games. The Lions just finish themselves off.

Corey Dillon scored two of his three touchdowns in the last 8:35, Detroit turned the ball over on its last three possessions and New England avoided a stunning upset with a 28-21 victory.

Dillon gave the Patriots (9-3) their first lead of the second half with his 4-yard scoring run with 2:33 left.

"Any time there's time left on the clock, we think we can [win]," quarterback Tom Brady said.

Detroit has the NFL's worst record over the past six years (23-69) and is 2-10 this season.

Detroit 0 10 8 3--21

New England 3 10 0 15--28

First quarter NE--FG Gostkowski 25, 2:47.

Second quarter Det--Furrey 5 pass from Kitna (Hanson kick), 13:44. Det--FG Hanson 29, 3:19. NE--Dillon 6 run (Gostkowski kick), 1:15. NE--FG Gostkowski 27, :00.

Third quarter Det--FG Hanson 38, 9:09. Det--FG Hanson 49, 5:07. Det--Safety, Evans tackled in end zone, 4:22.

Fourth quarter Det--FG Hanson 26, 13:07. NE--Dillon 2 run (T.Brown pass from Brady), 8:35. NE--Dillon 4 run (Gostkowski kick), 2:33. A--68,756.

Det NE

First downs 22 23

Total Net Yards 361 363

Rushes-yards 22-77 24-79

Passing 284 284

Punt Returns 1-0 1-0

Kickoff Returns 6-106 6-130

Interceptions Ret. 1-5 3-(-2)

Comp-Att-Int 22-38-3 27-38-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-30 2-21

Punts 1-44.0 2-40.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2

Penalties-Yards 7-70 10-72

Time of Possession 30:43 29:17 Rushing--Detroit, K.Jones 19-56, A.Harris 1-12, Kitna 2-9. New England, Dillon 9-25, T.Brown 1-16, Maroney 4-14, Pass 3-10, Brady 6-9, Evans 1-5. Passing--Detroit, Kitna 22-38-3-314. New England, Brady 27-38-1-305. Receiving--Detroit, Furrey 9-123, K.Jones 5-86, R.Williams 3-50, McCown 2-15, Campbell 1-21, Bradford 1-12, A.Harris 1-7. New England, Caldwell 8-112, Faulk 8-59, Watson 3-41, Graham 2-24, T.Brown 2-8, Gaffney 1-28, Pass 1-16, Gabriel 1-12, Dillon 1-5.

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