*Saints coach Sean Payton is now 5-2 as a head coach in the postseason. Payton led the Saints into a playoff game for the seventh time Saturday night; prior to Payton’s arrival, the franchise had played a total of six playoff games.
*The Saints won their fifth consecutive home postseason game, dating back to the franchise’s first-ever playoff win in 2000.
*One week after closing out the regular season with a franchise single-game record 617 yards against Carolina, the Saints set an NFL postseason record with 626 yards Saturday night. The previous mark was 610 by San Diego vs. Boston in 1963.
*New Orleans (626) and Detroit (412) combined for 1,038 total yards, tying the NFL postseason record for yards gained by two teams in a game. Buffalo (536) and Miami (502) also combined for 1,038 in an AFC Wild Card game in 1995.
*The teams also combined for an NFL postseason record 839 net passing yards (Saints 459, Lions 380). The previous record was 809 by San Diego (415) and Miami (394) in their 1981 AFC Divisional Playoff game.
*The 34 first downs by the Saints ties an NFL postseason record. The San Diego Chargers also had 34 first downs in their classic overtime victory over Miami in the 1981 AFC Divisional Playoffs.
*The Saints and Lions combined for 56 first downs and 40 passing first downs, each of which are the third-highest total in NFL postseason history.
*The Saints’ 45 points scored tied a franchise postseason mark originally set in the 2009 NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. Arizona.
*The Saints scored 35 second-half points, tied for the second-highest total after halftime in NFL postseason history. The Chicago Bears scored 45 second-half points in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. Three other teams have scored 35 second-half points, most recently Green Bay against Arizona in a 2009 NFC Wild Card game.
*The Saints scored three rushing touchdowns in a postseason game for the first time in team history. Its previous high was two, on three occasions.
* The Saints became the seventh team in NFL history not to punt in a postseason game. The most recent was Green Bay against Atlanta in last year's NFC Divisional Playoff.
*In seven career postseason games with the Saints, Brees has 16 touchdown passes and one interception. He has a streak of 215 postseason pass attempts without an interception, including 102 in the Saints’ three-game run to Super Bowl XLIV. Brees lowered his own NFL record for lowest career percentage of passes intercepted in the postseason (0.61%; 2 interceptions in 328 attempts).
*Brees improved his postseason career passer rating to 103.7, third-best in NFL history behind Aaron Rodgers (112.6) and Bart Starr (104.8). Brees entered Saturday with a career postseason passer rating of 102.0 and moved past Kurt Warner (102.8) into third.
*Colston’s 40-yard reception in the third quarter is a career playoff long.
*Meachem had just one 100-yard game in the regular season – a three-catch, 119-yard effort on Dec. 4 against Detroit.
*In 113 career regular-season and postseason games before Saturday, Greer had never had a two-interception game.
*Greer also had four passes defensed and shared the team lead with seven tackles.