Tom Brady was listed as questionable before Thanksgiving Day's game with the Detroit Lions. Any questions about how he'd play were answered in the second half when Brady threw four touchdowns while leading the Patriots in a rout, 45-24.
Brady finished 21-of-27 with 341 yards and the four scores -- two each going to Deion Branch and Wes Welker -- and ended the game with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
The win improved the Patriots record to 9-2 while dropping the Lions mark to 2-9. It was Detroit's seventh straight loss on Thanksgiving.
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Deion Branch and Wes Welker each caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady, who recorded a perfect quarterback rating, as the New England Patriots used a huge second half to take down the Detroit Lions, 45-24, on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.
Brady completed 21-of-27 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots (9-2), who handed the Lions their seventh straight loss on Thanksgiving.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards and two scores for New England, which has won three in a row since a loss to the Browns on November 7.
Branch caught three passes for 113 yards, while Welker hauled in eight passes for 90 yards for the victors.
Shaun Hill connected on 27-of-46 passes for 285 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for Detroit (2-9), which hasn't won on Turkey Day since a 22-14 victory over the Packers in 2003. The Lions have been outscored by a whopping 258-98 margin during their Thanksgiving losing streak.
Maurice Morris rushed for 55 yards and two scores on nine carries, while Calvin Johnson caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in defeat.