"Patriots are a great team, great ownership, great head coach, great players and we've got a huge challenge in front of us", said Patricia, who spent 14 seasons with New England, six as defensive coordinator. It was the fewest passing yards Brady has had (133) that he's played the entire game in since 2003 when he had 116 yards in a 27-17 win over the Dolphins. They also allowed a Lions running back, Kerryon Johnson, to rush for more than 100 yards - which hasn't happened since Thanksgiving in 2013.
Sources say Gronkowski's position was more related to not wanting to leave the Patriots rather than play for the Lions. The Lions enter Sunday with an 0-2 record. The defense, without Trey Flowers, Patrick Chung or Eric Rowe, had zero quarterback hits.
Tom Brady pulled the Patriots within three points on a 10-yard TD pass to James White early in the third. The Patriots lost two and ended up kicking a field goal.
Does that mean the Patriots did something shady to steal the call?
The Patriots' defense read the play perfectly.
YOUNG DEFENDERS' BRIEF MOMENTS OF COMPETENCY Players often say plays will come in bunches. Deatrich Wise stuffed LeGarrette Blount for a loss of one and on the following play, Ja'Whaun Bentley picked a Matthew Stafford pass thrown deep down the middle of the field. Brady was 12 of 24 for 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception.