LOS ANGELES: The Detroit Lions and New England Patriots meet on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in a marquee showdown between a pair of first-place teams that have Super Bowl aspirations. The Lions will finish up one of the toughest road stretches of this season when they visit the red-hot Patriots. The contest pits the NFL’s top-rated defense against
future Hall of Famer quarterback Tom Brady, who has led the Patriots to six consecutive victories. The Pats’ win streak includes a 42-20 rout of Indianapolis last week while the Lions lost 14-6 to the mighty Arizona Cardinals.