Saints Open Playoffs With 45-28 Win Over Lions

BRETT MARTEL,AP National Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Record-shattering Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints poured it on in the second half for a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

Brees hit on 33 of 43 passes while throwing for the most yards in a regulation playoff game. He highlighted his night with three completions of at least 40 yards.

As usual, the quarterback had plenty of help from an offense that set an NFL record for yards from scrimmage this season (7,474). The Saints (14-3) gained a whopping 627 yards of total offense, and will travel to San Francisco for next Saturday’s second-round game.

Matthew Stafford threw for 380 yards and three TDs for the Lions (10-7), who simply could not keep pace in their first playoff appearance since 1999. They have lost seven straight playoff games.

All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson had 12 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns in his playoff debut for Detroit.

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  • Kenneth Jones

    this is how we do!

  • bill

    I now belive the NFL is rigged. The NFL didnt want their star player who broke Dan Marinos passing record to get an early exit from the playoffs and they made dang sure he didnt tonight . It was too obvious… They would have lost tons of money and viewership if the Lions would have advanced.

  • Adam

    Im not one to blame officiating, but tonight was just attrocious… You could blame the Lions Deffence for giving up so many points in the second half and I would not totally dissagree with you, however, the Saints O line could get away with murder tonight if they wanted to….

    In the end, I am glad the Lions have built a name for their selves and regained respect in a league that has loved playing against them for years… Lions, you have set the bar, now lets nail this draft and contend for a title next year, Lord knows this City needs it!

  • A Lyon's Fan

    One thing remains constant, Bill Ford ownership. The Bill Ford Curse remains intact. What Lions fans hear most every year is “wait until next year”. And this lyric has been sung since the Beatles first hit the stage in 1964, the same year Ford purchased the Lions. The Ford family is about making money, not winning games. And the Ford’s are making money even when the Lions lose. American aggressor capitalism plays for profit, not trophies.

  • dave

    I really think that Ford and everyone else wants the Lions to win. Everyone wants to win, and winning makes more money if you think its all about money. Ford is just a slow learner. Go Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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