Tom Brady had another strong performance Sunday against the Lions. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady had another strong performance Sunday against the Lions. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Last week the Patriots ran for 246 yards on the ground. This week the Patriots threw for 349 yards in the air.

Despite the different styles, the results were the virtually the same — a 33-17 win over the Colts last week, and a 34-9 win over the Lions this week.

The ability to win different ways, and play a different style of football each week depending on the opponent could go a long way, as the Patriots close out the regular-season and gear up for the likely postseason.

“We did a decent job so it was good to ‘€“ I thought we got off to a good start and then played from ahead,” Brady said. “We struggled a little bit there in the third quarter, but rallied there in the fourth. It was a good win. I thought a lot of guys made a lot of great plays. Some penalties really held us back from being a little bit more consistent, but it was a good game. Whatever it takes, we’€™re going to try to figure out, whatever it takes.”

Brady had another strong game Sunday, going 38-for-53 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It was Brady’s 63rd 300-yard passing game of his career, which ties him with Dan Marino for third on the all-time NFL list.

The quarterback also did a tremendous job of spreading the ball around, as he has the majority of the seven-game win streak, as he completed five or more passes to five different receivers in Sunday’s win.

“It’€™s great when we can spread it around to different guys and it makes us tough to defend,” Brady said. “I thought we did a good job of that trying to find out matchups and making the plays. There were a lot of guys that are making plays out there — Gronk [Rob Gronkowski], Tim [Wright], Jules [Julian Edelman], JoJo [Brandon LaFell]. We’€™ve got a lot of guys that are contributing, so it’€™s a lot of fun.”

The Patriots don’t have any time to rest or praise the victory, as they will be facing their fourth straight division leader in as many games this coming Sunday when they travel to Green Bay and take on the Packers led by another elite quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers and the Packers are a perfect 5-0 at home this year where he is averaging 284.8 passing yards a game with 18 touchdowns and not throwing an interception.

“I’€™ll let this one settle in for a little bit and then I’m sure tonight I’€™ll be getting after it,” said Brady. “They’€™re a great football team. We’€™ve played a lot of those it seems lately. They’€™re the next one on the schedule, so it will be a great challenge for us.”

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Ryan Hannable

Brandon Browner breaks up a pass intended for Calvin Johnson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- Another Sunday, another quality quarterback humbled.

LeGarrette Blount ran over the Lions Sunday for a pair of touchdowns. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- No one goes for the jugular like the New England Patriots.



Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

FOXBORO — Although he may not get the recognition like Rob Gronkowski or Tom Brady, there is no denying a major reason for the Patriots’ seven-game win streak has been the play of wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

Over the last six games, LaFell has caught 37 passes on 53 targets for 489 yards and four touchdowns, emerging as a third option for Brady besides Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

LaFell continued his strong play Sunday with nine catches on 12 targets for 98 yards.

“It feels great to be where I’€™m at now compared to where I was at at the beginning of the season,” he said following the game. “Going out there, putting together good games back-to-back, earning time, trust, and the coaching staff’€™s trust. And the trust of my teammates to depend on me in big-time situations like it was today; to come to me in that situation. So it feels good, but as a whole offense and as a whole team, it feels good to be in the position we are at now.”

The first-year Patriot did go down awkwardly on his last catch of the game — late in the fourth quarter — landing hard on his shoulder and did not play another snap, but LaFell says he’s fine.

“I’€™m good. If we had a game tonight, I’€™d be ready to play,” LaFell said. “I’€™m good, I won’€™t miss [any] time. My body’€™s feeling great.”

The receiver has developed a good relationship with Brady on back-shoulder throws, something Brady eluded to during his weekly press conference this week. LaFell said it is a good way to stretch out defenses.

“We go out there and we throw the ball down the field. It kind of loosens defenses up,” he said. “They can’€™t sit on routes, they can’€™t put extra guys in for the run. You need to hit a couple of those plays or just throw them a couple of times a game just to loosen a defense up.”

Even though the Patriots scored 31 points — eclipsing the 30-point mark for the fourth straight game, LaFell said the team still left some plays on the field. As a team they committed 11 penalties for 84 yards, but as has been the case during the winning streak, when the Patriots needed a big drive or a big play they got it.

“It felt great, but at the end of the day it felt like we left a lot of plays out there,” he said. “We started off on fire and then we just got in our own way with penalties in the third quarter. When we needed a big drive at the end of the game we came out there and produced one.”€

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the New England Patriots completely demoralized the Detroit Lions, 34-9, at Gillette Stadium.

The win improved the Patriots to 9-2 on the season, guaranteeing their 14th straight winning season, the fifth such longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are also just the third team since the 1970 merger to record 14 straight winning seasons, two shy of the Cowboys (1970-86) and the 49ers (1983-98).

It was also New England’s 15th straight win at home, 12 shy of the NFL record of 27 set by the Miami Dolphins from 1971-74.

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Pick your poison. The Lions chose to double Rob Gronkowski often on Sunday in the red zone. That part worked but the Patriots killed the Lions with a heavy dose of Tim Wright, who caught a pair of touchdowns, including one where Tom Brady had no choice to but to throw it to him.

Wright caught a 4-yard TD pass over the middle in the first quarter as the Patriots took the lead for good. In the second quarter, Wright caught a pass in the end zone when there wasn’t a Lion within 10 yards of him.

Wright admitted after the Patriots’ 34-9 win Sunday that he was grateful for the attention Gronk drew, leaving him in single coverage or no coverage at all.

“We both work hard and try to play off of each other,” Wright said. “However the dice may fall, however the defense plays it, who doubles who, the other guy just has to be ready for the opportunity. That’€™s what we pride ourselves on.”

Wright caught three more passes in the second half but none for touchdowns and finished with just 36 yards receiving. But it was the red zone where Wright made it matter most.

“The Lions have a great defense all around,” Wright said. “We knew going into that game that whatever that role is, we had to stick to it and that’€™s what we had to utilize for that game. We did a great job. The [offensive] line held up great. Tom delivered. He does what he does all the time, and just the receivers getting open and doing their job.”

This was particularly important going in since the Lions fearsome front seven figured to rush the quarterback at all costs.

“We knew timing was critical going into it and the offensive line did a great job all week of sticking together and creating a scheme to defeat their d-line, defeat the pass rush. Give Tom time to deliver the ball, that’€™s what he did, and the receivers on the perimeter ran great routes and we got it done.”

Wright caught his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season, a new career best, making that trade of Logan Mankins look better and better as the season goes on.

“It’€™s definitely rewarding,” Wright said. “Like I said, every phase of the ball is important to this game that we play. As long as everyone works hard during the week, it will pay off on Sunday.”

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Mike Petraglia
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FOXBORO — Things got interesting at the end of the Lions-Patriots game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO — Things got interesting at the end of the Lions-Patriots game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

It all started when the Patriots were attempting a 20-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining and Lions’ defensive tackle C.J. Mosley jumped Patriots long-snapper Danny Aiken. It drew a personal foul penalty and an automatic first down. Instead of just taking a knee to run out the clock, the Patriots handed it off to LeGarrette Blount for his second touchdown run of the game.

Things didn’t end there as when the Lions were taking a knee to officially end the game, Lions center Dominic Raiola dove at the knees Patriots nose tackle Zach Moore (see Vine below). Also, Blount and Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh reportedly exchanged words after the game, too. Suh left the Lions locker room before the media was allowed in.

“I cut him,” Raiola said via the Detroit Free Press. “We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for (a touchdown). They went for a touchdown at two minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It’s football. He wants to keep playing football, let’s play football. Not a big deal. It’s football.”

Vince Wilfork didn’t agree.

“I didn’€™t see anything,” said Wilfork. “I just heard what happened, but that was stupid. I didn’€™t see it, but from what I heard … You’€™re taking a knee. They’€™d get mad if we were just to blow up one of their players, so I mean, it’€™s just uncalled for. But at the same time, you always have to protect yourself, so you always have to play with your neck on a swivel and being alert for 60 minutes and it came down to it today on a bonehead play like that. But luckily no one got hurt and we can move on.”

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Ryan Hannable