Lions roar past Patriots, 34-10

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Lions roar past Patriots, 34-10

DETROIT (AP) -- Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions were so impressive they lamented wasting some chances to score more.

Stafford threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half, leading the Lions to a 34-10 win over the New England Patriots on Saturday night.

"We're playing pretty much mistake-free football," Stafford said.

Tom Brady, meanwhile, was off his game.

The two-time and reigning MVP connected on just over half of his passes for 145 yards with a TD and an interception.

"It wasn't our best game, obviously," Brady said. "From the first series on, we could never really get into a rhythm. It was just a bad night all around."

The Lions and their sellout crowd at Ford Field were clearly fired up for the nationally televised game against the elite Patriots.

"It was big, every game is big," Stafford said. "New England has some good recent history, but we beat them pretty handily.".

Stafford and Detroit's defensive front were dominant in the third preseason game, one that both teams treated like a real game for much of the first half.

The Lions (3-0) know they can't get too excited about exhibition results because they were undefeated in the 2008 preseason and went on to become the NFL's first 0-16 team.

"It's preseason," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "You have to be careful how you look at it."

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New England (2-1) routed Jacksonville and Tampa Bay earlier this month, but was on the other end of a lopsided score in the Motor City.

"We didn't do anything very well," coach Bill Belichick said. "We didn't throw it, didn't catch it, didn't block, didn't tackle, didn't cover, didn't return. It's a long list. Didn't coach."

Stafford was 12 of 14 with one incomplete pass that was dropped by Nate Burleson in the end zone and another that was broken up.

He got sacked for the first time in the preseason and was hit hard on another play by blitzing linebacker Jerod Mayo, but bounced up both times. Those were positive signs for Stafford, who was healthy enough to play just three games last season and 10 as a rookie after being the No. 1 pick overall in the 2009 draft.

"It was good," Stafford said. "It's part of the game of football."

Stafford threaded a pass into the end zone to Burleson for a 9-yard TD to put Detroit ahead 10-0 on its second drive. He made another perfect pass to Tony Scheffler for a 22-yard score that made it 17-3 midway through the second quarter.

Brady was 12 of 22, skipping passes off the turf to open teammates near the sideline and throwing short and low on another attempt over the deep middle to an open Wes Welker on what could've been a TD. He hung up a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco that was intercepted by rookie defensive back Ricardo Silva.

He did perfectly execute a play-action play, faking out the Lions and lofting a pass to Welker for a 44-yard score that pulled the Patriots within a TD. Welker left later in the game with a neck injury.

Unlike last season when the Lions led New England by 11 in the second quarter of a game that counted, they held on for a victory that almost certainly meant more to them than the loss affected their opponents.

"When we came in here last year they gave us a very tough game, and they've gotten better since then," cornerback Devin McCourty said. "This is a preseason game and it was on national TV, so they were fired up. But you can tell they've taken another step forward."

Jason Hanson kicked a 46-yard field goal and Shaun Hill threw a 9-yard TD to Aaron Brown in the final 1:07 of the first half to give Detroit a 27-10 lead.

Third-string QB Drew Stanton threw a TD pass to Derrick Williams to make it 34-10 in the fourth quarter.

Brady played briefly in the second half before being replaced by Brian Hoyer, who was roughed up by backups on the ensuing possession.

Three-time Super Bowl winner Brady wanted to get hit in the preseason game, saying that was part of the process of getting ready for the season. He didn't have to wait long to get his wish.

Suh shoved Brady a couple times after he got rid of the ball, Corey Williams got another shot on him just after he released a pass, and Cliff Avril sacked him twice.

"My job is to continue to rattle him, get after him and be in his face," Suh said.

Brady looked skittish at times, getting rid of the ball quicker than he needed to perhaps because he was simply trying to avoid an injury that would make the exhibition meaningful.

Stafford, meanwhile, usually had plenty of time, perhaps in part because New England defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth didn't play.

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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