New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

NE
30
DET
28
FINAL
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NE 2400630
DET 0714728

Game Information
Location: Ford Field Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 53,621

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The New England Patriots may have a new challenge to overcome when they begin defending their Super Bowl title in less than two weeks.

Julian Edelman, who led the team in receptions and yards receiving last year, limped off the field with an injured right knee early in New England's 30-28 victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

The preseason victory may have been costly.

Edelman was injured as he was tackled by safety Tavon Wilson, a former teammate, after having three receptions for 52 yards in a four-play stretch. He was evaluated in a blue tent behind his team's bench briefly before being taken to the locker room on a cart and getting ruled out for the game.

Edelman was hurt on the opening possession that ended with Tom Brady throwing his first of two touchdown passes to Chris Hogan in a 30-28 victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

"We've got great chemistry together, and he's an incredible player," Brady said. "But someone will have to step up."

Brady was 12 of 15 for 174 yards with two TDs and an interception. He helped New England take a 24-0 lead late in the first quarter and the 40-year-old, five-time Super Bowl champion was in midseason form.

"He's as good as they come," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "He gets the ball out quickly. He makes good decision. He's an unusual guy. There hasn't been anybody who has stopped him since he has been in this league."

FALLING SHORT:

After Detroit receiver Golden Tate lost a fumble on his team's first snap and the Lions were called for five penalties in the first quarter, they rallied to make the score close.

Matthew Stafford threw a 23-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones late in the first half and an 18-yard pass to Dwayne Washington for another score early in the third against New England's backups. He finished 15 of 22 for 190 yards, two TDs and an interception that he threw into traffic over the middle.

"That's on me," Stafford said. "I can't make that decision."

Jake Rudock, Detroit's backup quarterback, connected with Jared Abbrederis for an 11-yard score late in the third and led another drive that ended with Washington's 1-yard run to put the Lions up 28-24 midway through the fourth.

Jimmy Garoppolo set up Stephen Gostkowski's 25-yard field goal to pull New England within a point with 3:41 left. After the Patriots defense forced Detroit to punt, their backup QB put Gostkowski in a position to make a go-ahead, 45-yard kick with 2 seconds to go.

"We did some good things, but there's still a long way to go," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "We have to grind out these last two weeks."

The Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7, opening night of the NFL season.

HURRY UP:

The Patriots went into regular season, or playoff mode, by using their no-huddle offense at times with Brady and Garoppolo.

"It's always tough to run that on the road, so we want to get some snaps in," Belichick said.

DUAL THREAT:

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had 60 yards rushing on 13 carries and three receptions for 39 yards. In three preseason games, he has run for 78 yards on 18 attempts and caught five passes for 58 yards to provide the team with some hope after he was limited to two games last year because of a foot injury.

"You can see he's got his quickness and elusiveness back," Caldwell said. "We're pleased with where he is."

INJURY UPDATE:

Patriots: If Edelman has to miss any games during the regular season, New England may lean on players such as Hogan and Danny Amendola to fill his role as a slippery receiver in the slot. Edelman led the Patriots with 98 receptions and 1,106 yards receiving last season and was a key player during their championship run.

Lions: TE Cole Wick, getting a chance to play a lot with Eric Ebron out with a hamstring injury, left the game with a chest injury and LB Tahir Whitehead went out with a knee injury. RB Theo Riddick, coming off wrist surgery, made his preseason debut. He didn't gain a yard on one carry.

"It was good to get him in there and moving around a bit," Caldwell said.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Lions
11:51 Chris Hogan 7 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 0
11:30 Chris Hogan 32 yd pass from Tom Brady (missed kick) 13 0
06:29 Mike Gillislee 1 yd run (Mike Gillislee 2pt Rush) 21 0
00:59 Stephen Gostkowski 46 yd FG 24 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Lions
01:19 Marvin Jones Jr. 23 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick) 24 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Lions
10:34 Dwayne Washington 18 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick) 24 14
03:36 Jared Abbrederis 11 yd pass from Jake Rudock (Matt Prater kick) 24 21

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Patriots Lions
07:21 Dwayne Washington 1 yd run (Matt Prater kick) 24 28
03:41 Stephen Gostkowski 25 yd FG 27 28
00:02 Stephen Gostkowski 45 yd FG 30 28

Team Stats
  New England Detroit
1st Downs 21 24
Total Yards 393 417
Passing 257 299
Passing Completions/Attempts 19-27 25-37
Yards/Pass 9.5 7.9
Rushing 136 118
Rushing Attempts 34 29
Yards/Rush 4.0 4.1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 27:36 32:24

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 12 15 174 11.6 2 1
Jimmy Garoppolo 7 12 83 6.9 0 0

Detroit Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matthew Stafford 15 22 190 8.6 2 1
Jake Rudock 10 13 113 8.7 1 0
Brad Kaaya 0 2 0 0.0 0 0

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
D.J. Foster 14 51 3.6 0 13
Mike Gillislee 8 38 4.8 1 27
James White 4 25 6.2 0 8
Dion Lewis 4 11 2.8 0 7
Tom Brady 1 8 8.0 0 8
Jimmy Garoppolo 3 3 1.0 0 5

Detroit Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ameer Abdullah 13 60 4.6 0 12
Matt Asiata 6 21 3.5 0 13
Jake Rudock 1 16 16.0 0 16
Dwayne Washington 7 15 2.1 1 5
Jace Billingsley 1 6 6.0 0 6
Theo Riddick 1 0 0.0 0 0

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Hogan 4 70 17.5 2 32
Julian Edelman 3 52 17.3 0 23
Cody Hollister 1 31 31.0 0 31
Austin Carr 3 30 10.0 0 14
Danny Amendola 2 27 13.5 0 31
D.J. Foster 2 14 7.0 0 17
Rob Gronkowski 1 9 9.0 0 9
Devin Lucien 1 8 8.0 0 8
James White 1 8 8.0 0 8
Brandin Cooks 1 8 8.0 0 8

Detroit Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Golden Tate 5 62 12.4 0 22
Marvin Jones Jr. 4 62 15.5 1 23
Jace Billingsley 3 45 15.0 0 29
Ameer Abdullah 3 39 13.0 0 18
Tim Wright 3 34 11.3 0 15
Jared Abbrederis 3 26 8.7 1 11
Dwayne Washington 2 26 13.0 1 18
Darren Fells 1 7 7.0 0 7
Kenny Golladay 1 2 2.0 0 2

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Damarius Travis 4 0 0 0
Malcolm Butler 3 0 0 0
Justin Coleman 3 1 0 0
David Jones 3 1 0 0
Alan Branch 2 1 1 4
Jonathan Freeny 2 0 0 0
Lawrence Guy 2 0 0 0
David Harris 2 3 0 0
Cyrus Jones 2 1 0 0
Jonathan Jones 2 0 0 0
Eric Rowe 2 1 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 2 0 0 0
Trevor Bates 1 0 0 0
Adam Butler 1 0 0 0
Patrick Chung 1 2 0 0
Kony Ealy 1 0 0 0
Trey Flowers 1 1 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 1 1 0 0
Woodrow Hamilton 1 0 0 0
Duron Harmon 1 0 0 0
Darius Kilgo 1 0 0 0
Harvey Langi 1 0 0 0
Devin McCourty 1 0 0 0
Kenny Moore 1 0 0 0
Jordan Richards 1 1 0 0
Malcom Brown 0 1 0 0
D.J. Killings 0 0 0 0
Vincent Valentine 0 1 0 0

Detroit Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jarrad Davis 5 3 0 0
Jamal Agnew 4 0 0 0
Darius Slay 4 0 0 0
Quandre Diggs 3 0 0 0
Nevin Lawson 3 1 0 0
Antwione Williams 3 1 0 0
Alex Carter 2 1 0 0
Ego Ferguson 2 2 0 0
A'Shawn Robinson 2 0 0 0
Teez Tabor 2 0 0 0
Jeremiah Valoaga 2 0 0 0
Charles Washington 2 0 0 0
Tavon Wilson 2 1 0 0
DJ Hayden 1 0 0 0
Steve Longa 1 1 0 0
Glover Quin 1 0 0 0
Jalen Reeves-Maybin 1 1 0 0
Tahir Whitehead 1 1 0 0
Anthony Zettel 1 0 0 0
Matt Asiata 0 0 0 0
Graham Glasgow 0 0 0 0
Tion Green 0 0 0 0
Marvin Jones Jr. 0 0 0 0
Jeremiah Ledbetter 0 1 0 0
Akeem Spence 0 2 0 0

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Eric Rowe 1 18 0

Detroit Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Glover Quin 1 0 0

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
D.J. Foster 2 35 17.5 0 19

Detroit Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jamal Agnew 3 59 19.7 0 25
Dwayne Washington 2 38 19.0 0 21

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cyrus Jones 2 13 6.5 0 13

Detroit Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jace Billingsley 1 19 19.0 0 19
Jamal Agnew 2 10 5.0 0 10

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 3 3 100.0 46

Detroit Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 4 193 57

Detroit Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kasey Redfern 5 231 52