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Saints fall to Lions 24-23

Detroit rallies to win

Detroit - The New Orleans Saints dropped another heartbreaker on the road as the Detroit Lions rallied for a 24-23 win Sunday at Ford Field.

The Lions scored the winning points on a 5-yard Matthew Stafford touchdown pass to Corey Fuller with 1:54 to play. The Saints converted one first down on their final possession but couldn't get into scoring range.

Detroit's touchdown was set up by safety Glover Quin's interception of Drew Brees late in the fourth quarter with Saints leading 23-17. Fuller's score followed a 73-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Golden Tate.

The Saints (2-4) have lost all four of their road games this season, with three of the games being decided by three, two and one points. The Lions improved to 5-2.

The Lions largely shut down the Saints' running game but Brees was effective most of the game. He finished 28 of 45 for 342 yards two touchdowns and the interception. The first TD was a 13-yard strike to Austin Johnson and the second was a 46-yard bomb to Kenny Stills.

Marques Colston led the team with six receptions for 111 yards while Stills had five catches for 103 yards.

Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (Kenny Vaccaro, Keenan Lewis). Tate had 10 catches for 154 yards and the touchdown. Reggie Bush wasn't much of a factor with four carries for 10 yards and five catches for 22 yards.

It was a physical game that sent several Saints players to the locker room. The team lost center Jonathan Goodwin (leg), nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) and defensive lineman Glenn Foster (knee) and cornerback Keenan Lewis was not on the field when the Lions scored their winning points.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was active and was on the field for plenty of snaps but was targeted just two times.

Penalties hurt the Saints as they had 12 for 134 yards. One for pass interference on Rafael Bush wiped out a fourth-down stop with the team leading 23-17 and the Lions inside the 10.

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