Patriots’ awful start on SNF sparks Twitter firestorm

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After two consecutive losses to open the season, most figured the Detroit Lions were going to get routed at home by the New England Patriots Sunday night.

New England itself was coming off a Week 2 loss to Jacksonville. Meanwhile, we all know Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wanted to stick it to his former defensive coordinator, current Lions head coach Matt Patricia.

Given what we saw earlier on Sunday with Buffalo taking out the Vikings in Minnesota, anything was seemingly possible at Ford Field. And like clockwork, Detroit jumped out of the gate big time.

The Lions opened up a 13-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. That very same span of action saw the home team rack up 196 yards and 14 first downs. The Patriots? Well, 13 yards and exactly zero first downs.

Needless to say, Twitter had its reactions to this early-game domination by Detroit.