Patriots down Lions 45-24
DETROIT (AP) - Tom Brady threw a season-high four touchdown passes, all in the second half, and had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 to help New England beat Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
Brady was 21 of 27 for 341 yards — just short of season high — with no interceptions to become the first to have a perfect passer rating this season with a minimum of five attempts, according to STATS LLC. Brady also had a perfect rating in 2007 when he threw a career-high six TD passes in a victory over Miami.
The Patriots trailed by 11 points in the first half, but Brady threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Deion Branch early in the fourth quarter after connecting with him on a 79-yarder to tie it at 24-24. Wes Welker’s second TD reception sealed the victory with 6:42 left, putting the Patriots ahead 38-24.
The Patriots moved half a game ahead of the AFC East rival New York Jets — who played Cincinnati on Thursday — for the NFL’s best record.
Detroit dropped to 2-9.
(Copyright: The Associated Press)