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Playoff Flashback, Jan. 7, 2012: NFC wild card, Saints 45, Lions 28

Posted Jan 1, 2014

The Saints rebounded from a 14-10 halftime deficit and set an NFL postseason single-game record with 626 total net yards

The New Orleans Saints rebounded from a 14-10 halftime deficit and set an NFL postseason single-game record with 626 total net yards to defeat Detroit 45-28 in the NFC wild card playoff and advance to the divisional round. After the Lions struck first on a 10-yard TD pass from QB Matthew Stafford to TE Will Heller, the Saints evened the score on a two-yard TD run by RB Darren Sproles. Stafford found WR Calvin Johnson for a 13-yard TD midway through the second quarter, but the Saints would score 17 unanswered points through the third quarter to take the lead for good. Overall, the Saints would outscore the Lions 35-14 in the second half, powered  by three TD passes by QB Drew Brees and Sproles’ second rushing score and a one-yard rush for a TD by RB Pierre Thomas. Two fourth quarter interceptions by CB Jabari Greer would stifle Stafford, Johnson and the potent Detroit offense, ending their season.

Detroit Lions             7          7          7          7          28

New Orleans Saints   0          10        14        21        45

 

                                          DET                  NO

Total First Downs                   22                    34

Total Net yards                      412                  626

Rushes-yards                        10-32               36-167

Net yards Passing                   380                  459

Passing (A-C-I)                      43-28-2            43-33-0

Sacked-yards                          0-0                   2-7

Punts-Average                        3-42.3              0-0.0

Fumbles-Lost                          0-0                   2-2

Penalties-yards Lost                7-64                 3-18

Time of Possession                 22:24               37:36

 

RUSHING

DET: Smith 6-21; Young 1-8; Burleson 1-2; Stafford 2-1

NO: P.Thomas 8-66, 1 TD; Sproles 10-51, 2 TDs; Ivory 13-47; Henderson 1-4; Brees 4-(-1)

PASSING

DET: Stafford 43-28-2, 380 yards, 3 TDs

NO: Brees 43-33-0, 466 yards, 3 TDs

RECEIVING

DET: Johnson 12-211, 2 TDs; Burleson 4-5; Pettigrew 4-49; Young 4-33; Smith 2-10; Heller 1-10, 1 TD; Scheffler 1-7;

NO: Colston 7-120; Graham 7-55, 1 TD; P.Thomas 6-55; Meachem 4-111, 1 TD; Sproles 4-34;  Henderson 2-64, 1 TD; Collins 2-20; Arrington 1-7

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