It looked for a little while there as though the Lions had a chance to shock the world. For a half or so of football the Lions played up to the task of taking down Drew Brees and company.
The Lions got the ball first and scored and then countered New Orleans with another score after the game was tied up 7-7. Even with the team up 14-7 Detroit still failed to capitalize on two Saints fumbles in the first half.
Detroit failed to score after each turnover and let the Saints hang in the game, which was ultimately what did them in later on in the game.
There was a controversial call that went against Detroit in the first half after Drew Brees fumbled the ball after being hit on the arm. The refs blew the whistle thinking that Brees had thrown an incomplete pass and it was evident that the Lions would have a clear path to the end zone.
Since the whistle was blown the play was technically ruled dead at the spot of the fumble recovery. This was a bad break for Detroit. That play would have put the Lions up by two scores, but instead it gave New Orleans another life.
The Lions did end up leading the game going into halftime 14-10, but the Saints roared back to score 35 points in the second half. After falling behind 24-14 in the third quarter the Lions did get within three points 24-21 going into the fourth quarter.
That was as close as it got as the Saints pushed the lead back up to 10 and Matthew Stafford began to force things downfield, which resulted in two late interceptions. The Saints capitalized on the turnovers and pushed the final score to 45-28.
Stafford had a line of three touchdowns and two interceptions along with 380 yards passing. Brees was his usual self at home throwing three touchdowns and no picks for 466 yards in the air.
The better team won team tonight, but it is clear that Detroit is definitely a team on the rise that has not even met their full potential yet.
Detroit fans should be proud of all of the things that this team had accomplished this season. The team was not going to completely reverse its history in one season otherwise it would have pulled one of the greatest scenarios in sports history.
With that being said the Lions are now on everyone’s radar heading into 2012 and the Saints are who we thought they were (Had to Say it).