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Patriots blast Lions in historic 29-0 shutout – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — The NFL’s highest-scoring offense soared into Foxboro like many before it Sunday.

Chest out, confident and capable of steamrolling opponents via run or pass.

Four quarters later, the Lions left Gillette Stadium like most of their top-ranked predecessors: broken by a Bill Belichick defense.

The Patriots put Detroit in a 29-0 chokehold Sunday, the team’s first win in three weeks. Matt Judon tallied two sacks and triggered a scoop-and-score fumble in the second quarter to initially help the Pats pull away. Backup rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe held up his end of the bargain, going 17-of-21 for 188 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a spot start.

The Patriots (2-3) supported Zappe by pounding away at the NFL’s softest run defense through Rhamondre Stevenson, who piled up a career-high 161 rushing yards. Stevenson crossed the 100-yard mark moments before Zappe delivered his only touchdown pass, a 24-yarder to Jakobi Meyers late in the third quarter. The Pats finished with 176 rushing yards, despite losing Damien Harris to a hamstring injury.


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