PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Charlie Batch, who led the Detroit Lions to victory over New England despite bruised ribs, will start Thursday when the Lions play at NFC Central-leading Minnesota, coach Gary Moeller said Friday.
Though Batch took a battering Thursday against the Patriots, he still threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and ran for another before being relieved in the fourth quarter by Stoney Case.
With the Patriots leading 9-6 on Thursday, Batch put the Lions ahead to stay with a 1-yard TD pass late in the third quarter. On Detroit's next possession, Batch took a crushing shot to the chest from Patriots strong safety Lawyer Milloy, who was penalized 15 yards for roughing.
Batch was helped off the field, sat out two plays and returned to throw 18 yards to Sedrick Irvin to the 1, setting up James Stewart's TD dive with 11:18 left. Batch later scored on a 10-yard scramble before giving way to Case.
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