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Stafford throws for 341 yards, Lions beat Saints 28-13

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Matthew Stafford's powerful arm and fourth-quarter poise delivered Detroit its most comfortable victory yet in a campaign that now looks destined to culminate in a playoff berth.

Maybe a first division crown in two decades, too.

Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, Detroit became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from throwing a touchdown pass, and the Lions pulled away from mistake-prone New Orleans, 28-13 on Sunday.

''It feels good to come in here and play a little bit closer to a 60-minute game,'' Stafford said. ''Our defense played unbelievable.''

Stafford was at his best when the Saints were on the brink of seizing momentum early in the fourth quarter and locking the Lions into yet another high-stress affair.

The Superdome crowd was deafening after Stafford's second-down pass had been batted and nearly intercepted by Cameron Jordan in Detroit territory. New Orleans had scored on its previous drive to pull to 19-13, needed a stop on third-and-10 to set up Brees and Co. with a chance to drive for a go-ahead score.

Stafford said he sensed the Saints were about to blitz, adding, ''We had a different play call and I checked to one I thought would be good.''

He thought right.

Golden Tate broke into the clear behind cornerback B.W. Webb, with safety Vonn Bell too far away to help out. Stafford rifled a long, accurate pass Tate caught, then cut across the field for a 66-yard touchdown .

''Mentally, we stayed locked in and ready, and I think we kept our foot on the pedal,'' Tate said. ''We're rolling right now.''

The Lions (8-4), who've won seven of eight, dominated statistically. But four opportunities inside the New Orleans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, allowing the Saints (5-7) to stay close until Tate's big play. This time, in sharp contrast to seven previous victories by between one and seven points, Detroit cruised.

Brees finished 31 of 44 for 326 yards, but was intercepted three times, by Glover Quin , Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew .

Brees called the first half, ''abysmal.'' Saints coach Sean Payton said his team looked, ''sluggish, like we came off a short week or something.''

''We missed some throws,'' Payton continued, and called his offense ''sloppy'' in general and ''awful'' in third-and-short situations.

Tate finished with eight catches for 145 yards . Stafford's other touchdown went to running back Theo Riddick from the 1.

John Kuhn scored New Orleans' only touchdown on a 1-yard run.

STATISTICAL DOMINANCE

Detroit was outgaining the Saints 422 yards to 294 before New Orleans' final drive. The Lions also controlled time of possession, 36:52 to 23:08 while running 67 plays to New Orleans' 57.

It could have been a rout if five drives hadn't ended with Prater field goals: two from 27 yards, and one each from 29, 32 and 52 yards.

''We kind of kept them around with how inefficient we were in the red zone - something we're going to have to do better at and look at and find ways to get the ball in the end zone because we moved the ball great today,'' Stafford said.

It was Detroit's first triumph in a road game directly following Thanksgiving since 1974, snapping a streak of 22 losses.

COSTLY DROPS

Drops by two Saints players in the first half could have altered the course of the game.

In the first quarter, cornerback Sterling Moore lost the handle on a tipped pass that popped upward, giving him ample time to run under it with the potential for a significant return.

''We would have had momentum from the get-go,'' said Moore. He said his first mistake was not going up to get the ball and instead letting it drop through his hands. ''It would have been a different story.''

In the final seconds of the second quarter, Brees hit Coby Fleener in the hands at the goal line with a strike over the middle. With only 5 seconds on the clock, Saints coach Sean Payton sent out the field goal team.

Brees also had a drop, albeit of a botched shotgun snap, which helped stall a drive in the first quarter.

INJURIES

Lions running back Dwayne Washington limped off with a left ankle injury after a carry early in the third quarter. Later in the quarter, defensive back Quandre Diggs appeared to hurt his right shoulder while tackling Willie Snead. ... Saints tight end Josh Hill was taken to the locker room after it appeared tacklers rolled awkwardly over his lower right leg following a reception in the second quarter. ... Saints linebacker Craig Robertson went down in the fourth quarter. He walked off but then ran straight to the locker room.

UP NEXT

Lions: return home to host Chicago

Saints: travel to Tampa Bay.

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Key Players
M. Stafford 9 QB
341 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 22 RuYds
27
FPTS
C. Fleener 82 TE
86 ReYds, 5 RECs
8
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:10
M.Prater 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
6
plays
21
yds
3:06
pos
28
13
Missed Two Point Conversion 11:38
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Stafford pass to T.Jones is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
25
13
Touchdown 11:38
M.Stafford pass deep right to G.Tate for 66 yards, TOUCHDOWN [C.Jordan]. Pass 29, YAC 37
5
plays
78
yds
1:54
pos
25
13
Point After TD 13:32
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead. PENALTY on DET-D.Slay, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
19
13
Touchdown 13:32
T.Lelito reported in as eligible. J.Kuhn left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
3:10
pos
19
12
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:42
M.Prater 27 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
11
plays
45
yds
4:33
pos
19
6
Field Goal 8:57
M.Prater 32 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
10
plays
63
yds
6:03
pos
16
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
W.Lutz 32 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
6
plays
75
yds
0:56
pos
13
6
Field Goal 0:56
M.Prater 29 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
12
plays
64
yds
4:09
pos
13
3
Field Goal 5:05
W.Lutz 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
6
plays
26
yds
3:45
pos
10
3
Point After TD 13:03
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 13:03
M.Stafford pass short left to T.Riddick for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 1, YAC 0
11
plays
92
yds
7:25
pos
9
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:14
M.Prater 27 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
9
plays
44
yds
5:09
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:52 23:08
1st Downs 24 20
Rushing 5 3
Passing 16 16
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 5-12 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 422 369
Total Plays 67 57
Avg Gain 6.3 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 85 50
Rush Attempts 23 12
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 4.2
Net Yards Passing 337 319
Comp. - Att. 30-42 31-44
Yards Per Pass 8.0 7.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-4 1-7
Penalties - Yards 6-39 10-83
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 3
Punts - Avg 2-42.5 4-40.5
Return Yards 74 50
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-24
Kickoffs - Returns 2-49 2-26
Int. - Returns 3-25 0-0
Kicking 6/6 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 1/1
Field Goals 5/5 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-5 -20% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Lions 8-4 3106928
Saints 5-7 060713
337 PASS YDS 319
85 RUSH YDS 50
422 TOTAL YDS 369
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 341 2 0 111.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.2% 3224 21 5 100.5
M. Stafford 30/42 341 2 0 27
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
Z. Zenner 34 FB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 150 1
Z. Zenner 9 40 0 9 4
M. Stafford 9 QB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 178 0
M. Stafford 3 22 0 11 27
D. Washington 36 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 148 1
D. Washington 7 21 0 5 3
T. Riddick 25 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
92 357 1
T. Riddick 4 2 0 6 7
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Tate 15 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 145 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 762 3
G. Tate 10 8 145 1 66 20
T. Jones 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 49 0
T. Jones 4 3 49 0 36 4
A. Boldin 80 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 432 6
A. Boldin 6 4 40 0 12 4
E. Ebron 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 489 1
E. Ebron 6 4 38 0 12 3
A. Roberts 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 174 1
A. Roberts 7 4 35 0 16 3
D. Washington 36 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 39 0
D. Washington 2 2 19 0 11 3
T. Riddick 25 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 15 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 371 5
T. Riddick 6 5 15 1 7 7
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-7 0 0.0
N. Lawson 6-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bynes 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-5 0 0.0
J. Bynes 5-3 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-13 2 0.0
G. Quin 4-1 0.0 1 0
T. Wilson 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-8 2 0.0
T. Wilson 4-0 0.0 1 0
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 3-0 0.0 1 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-0 2 1.0
D. Slay 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Williams 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-9 0 0.0
A. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Walker 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 0.0
T. Walker 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Barnes 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Barnes 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 2.0
A. Robinson 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Taylor 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-6 0 4.5
D. Taylor 1-0 1.0 0 0
R. Bush 31 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-17 2 1.0
R. Bush 1-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-4 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 0.0
E. Ansah 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Thornton 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 1.0
K. Thornton 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Hyder 61 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 7.0
K. Hyder 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. Armbrister 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 0 0.0
T. Armbrister 1-0 0.0 0 0
H. Ngata 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 1.5
H. Ngata 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Copeland 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
B. Copeland 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
5/5 1/1
SEASON FG XP
26/29 23/25
M. Prater 5/5 52 1/1 16
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 42.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 48.6 17
S. Martin 2 42.5 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 24.5 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 22.1 42 0
A. Roberts 2 24.5 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.5% 326 0 3 63.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 3913 30 11 105.0
D. Brees 31/44 326 0 3 7
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 758 3
M. Ingram 7 37 0 22 4
T. Hightower 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
105 422 1
T. Hightower 2 5 0 5 0
J. Kuhn 29 FB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 33 4
J. Kuhn 2 4 1 3 7
B. Cooks 10 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 30 0
B. Cooks 1 4 0 4 7
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Fleener 82 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 86 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 547 3
C. Fleener 7 5 86 0 31 8
B. Cooks 10 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 73 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 58 809 6
B. Cooks 9 7 73 0 39 7
T. Cadet 38 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 187 1
T. Cadet 6 5 53 0 18 5
M. Thomas 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 69 831 7
M. Thomas 5 4 42 0 16 4
W. Snead 83 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 631 4
W. Snead 6 2 38 0 24 3
M. Ingram 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 264 4
M. Ingram 5 5 16 0 8 4
J. Kuhn 29 FB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 59 1
J. Kuhn 1 1 11 0 11 7
T. Hightower 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 170 1
T. Hightower 1 1 4 0 4 0
J. Hill 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 149 1
J. Hill 2 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Byrd 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-15 0 0.0
J. Byrd 7-2 0.0 0 0
D. Breaux 40 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
D. Breaux 6-2 0.0 0 0
K. Vaccaro 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-17 2 1.0
K. Vaccaro 6-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ellerbe 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-8 0 4.0
D. Ellerbe 5-0 1.0 0 0
S. Moore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-7 2 0.0
S. Moore 5-2 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-15 0 5.0
C. Jordan 4-0 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-17 0 0.5
V. Bell 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-40 1 1.0
C. Robertson 4-0 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 3.0
S. Rankins 3-0 1.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Harper 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
R. Harper 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Banjo 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Banjo 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Cadet 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Cadet 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Kruger 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 1.5
P. Kruger 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Thomas 13 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Tapp 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.5
D. Tapp 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Anthony 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
S. Anthony 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Fairley 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-12 0 4.5
N. Fairley 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
18/24 39/40
W. Lutz 2/2 40 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 40.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 48.2 19
T. Morstead 4 40.5 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 87 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 13.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 18.6 26 0
T. Lewis 2 13.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 87 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 13.1 59 0
T. Lewis 1 24.0 24 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:23 DET 47 5:09 9 44 FG
5:28 DET 8 7:25 11 92 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:42 DET 13 1:52 3 6 Punt
5:05 DET 25 4:09 12 64 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 23 6:03 10 63 FG
6:15 DET 46 4:33 11 45 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 DET 22 1:54 5 78 TD
10:16 DET 46 3:06 6 21 FG
5:23 DET 44 2:41 5 13 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 18 1:37 3 -11 Punt
8:14 NO 25 2:46 4 17 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:03 NO 25 2:21 6 15 Punt
8:50 DET 48 3:45 6 26 FG
0:56 NO 11 0:56 6 75 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:57 NO 25 2:42 6 10 INT
1:42 NO 25 3:10 7 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 NO 25 1:22 5 10 Punt
7:10 NO 25 1:47 5 32 INT
2:42 NO 11 2:42 11 75 INT