Lions vs. Saints: New Orleans Grades, Notes and Quotes

December 22, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New Orleans Saints suffered their fifth loss in their last six outings Monday night, as they fell to the Detroit Lions 35-27.
With the loss, New Orleans (5-9) is assured of its second straight losing season and third in the last four years.
In the first half, the Lions (5-9) followed the lead of quarterback Matthew Stafford and built a 21-3 halftime lead, thanks in part to an abysmal defensive performance from coach Sean Payton’s Saints.
Offensively, New Orleans got off to a slow start, going three-and-out on its first two possessions. A bad punt by Thomas Morstead after the Saints’ second possession gave the Lions excellent field position. Six plays and a Brandon Browner penalty later, Detroit was on the board 7-0.
New Orleans answered with a 45-yard field goal from Kai Forbath, but more subpar defensive play from the Saints helped the Lions go up 14-3 on a four-yard touchdown connection from Stafford to Michael Burton.
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