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Unlike regular season, Lions fully healthy for playoffs in New Orleans

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas enters the field during pre-game ceremony of their NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Detroit Reuters

When the Lions visited New Orleans during the regular season, they were at far less than 100 percent. That won’t be the case in Saturday’s playoff rematch.

Every player on the active roster was healthy and ready to go at today’s practice in Detroit, a good sign for the Lions heading into the postseason.

It was a lot different in the regular season for the Lions: Ndamukong Suh was suspended, and his replacement in the starting lineup, Nick Fairley, aggravated a foot injury and left the game early. Two starters in the secondary, safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston, missed the game with injuries. Running back Kevin Smith played but was hampered by an ankle injury.

All of those players will be active for Saturday in New Orleans. The Lions are heavy underdogs, but they should be a better team in the wild card round of the playoffs than they were late in the regular season.

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  1. mt99808 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s too bad Jahvid Best isn’t available for this game. Would really make the Saints think twice about blitzing.

  2. chuckyd317 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:12 PM

    The Saints better not count their eggs before they hatch… This Lions team is scary, they remind me of the Packers last year…

  3. klunge says: Jan 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    Careful MDS!!! Anymore positive-toned Lions articles and you may get mistaken for their new beat writer! Kudos for stating simple facts with no editorial bias.

  4. jimmysee says: Jan 5, 2012 2:20 PM

    Matt Flynn has been practicing real hard in anticipation of that rematch in a few weeeks at Lambeau

  5. chetwynnr says: Jan 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    I believe that the game will be firmly in the hands of Gunther Cunningham. If they can keep Brees off-balance and harried then the Lions should be able to come away with a win.

  6. intedwetrust says: Jan 5, 2012 2:23 PM

    Won’t matter, the Saints are going to destroy them. Brees will go off and it’ll be another 50 point game for them. Loins lose by 3 TDs.

  7. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 5, 2012 2:32 PM

    Like this comment if you think the Lions pull the upset Saturday in New Orleans.

  8. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 2:35 PM

    Totally agree…Saints will win going away. I’m a Saints fan and I respect the lions…and, as a Saints fan I can also relate to their miserable history. But, the Saints learned a lot from the Seattle loss last year and the St. Louis loss this year…Saints are a far superior team than the lions and the boys in black and gold won’t let this one slip through their fingers like they did in Seattle last year. WHO DAT! 45-10 Saints!

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 5, 2012 2:37 PM

    lions d cant stop anyone… its the offense that has gotten them in playoffs… suh has been average with couple of good games…

    it will be a shootout for sure…

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    With the way the Saints have been playing they should win, but when that is the case usually they find a way to lose.

    I don’t think the Saints will be looking at this game like they did last year’s Seattle debacle. They will want to prove a point that they’re not a one and done team and they’ll show up to play.

    Should be a good game, sad I’ll miss it because someone decided to get married on that night.

  11. crawfish2011 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    The Lions were healthy last week vs the Packers too. How did that game work out? The Saints have a better offense and a better defense than Green Bay.

  12. prmpft says: Jan 5, 2012 2:42 PM

    were they not fully healthy when the Green Bay’s second team carved them to shreds???..ok

  13. 1historian says: Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM

    So far the lions are all mouth.

    Time to prove it on the field.

  14. 1historian says: Jan 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    So far when the lions come up against a good team they get smacked down, as in their Thanksgiving day game.

  15. snoilog says: Jan 5, 2012 2:50 PM

    Forward down the field,

    A charging team that will not yield.

    And when the Blue and Silver wave,

    Stand and cheer the brave.

    Rah, Rah, Rah.

    Go hard, win the game.

    With honor you will keep your fame.

    Down the field and gain,

    A Lion victory!

    GO LIONS!

  16. klunge says: Jan 5, 2012 3:00 PM

    1historian says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:48 PM
    So far the lions are all mouth.
    Time to prove it on the field
    ————————————————

    Yeah. 4th highest ranked offense with Stafford throwing over 500oyds/41tds is just blustery talk. Perhaps that history is a little too recent for the “historian”.

    Whatever…like has been said, that’s why the games get played. Nobody is 100% guaranteed to win before getting on the field, anything can happen.

  17. 3ghostninja says: Jan 5, 2012 3:02 PM

    Once again, GB was not playing reserves across the board. Just at QB and their #1 WR on offense, and CWoodson and Matthews on D. Grant, Finley and Nelson all played. None of those guys are reserves or backups.

    Delmas still wasn’t on the field for Detroit and they haven’t had a healthy running back since Best went down in week 6.

    The Saints did not embarrass the Lions last month. The Lions embarrassed the Lions. I don’t think it will be the same way this week. This is not a done deal by any stretch, but I think the Saints are fully aware of that.

    Should be fun.

  18. hyzers says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    To the morons claiming Detroit was healthy against the “Packer’s B-Team” (Which consisted of Packers starters minus about 5 guys) :
    No Corey Williams
    No Louis Delmas
    No Javhid Best
    No Nick Fairly

    Am I forgetting anybody?

  19. polegojim says: Jan 5, 2012 3:06 PM

    Lions D will show up – everything is on the line.

    GO LIONS!

  20. Ted Skroback says: Jan 5, 2012 3:06 PM

    Funny thing is that having suh back this time isn’t the crucial factor it’s having Louis delmas back. Saw a stat when he has played this season lions gave up on average 211 pass yards when he hasn’t it’s like 3 something. I’ve always called him bob sanders 2.0 he is smallish plays recklessly but when he is in he is a huge factor on d

  21. ihateyoujeff says: Jan 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    GO Lions, you’re easier to beat.

    -Green Bay Packer fan

  22. 122u says: Jan 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    I don’t like either of these 2 teams. I think they both suck, but when you are in the betting thing, the only thing that matters is $.

    As much as I hate to say it, Detroit didn’t show anything against the Pack defensively. They are much better than that. Flynn had all day. Brees is going to face a lot of pressure and blitzes that Detroit didn’t show against Green Bay because it was part of the plan. The betting line was 10.5 for Saints and moved to 11. That tells me most people are in favor of New Orleans covering the spread. It usually goes the opposite way the majority is betting. I said usually. Here is what a dude in a betting site has to say:

    “Badger’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: This game will be a great proving ground to see how far Stafford has come as an NFL QB. If he can read the Saints blitz at the line and get in and out of plays before the snap, I think the Lions can hang around in this game. Plus, I know the Saints are red hot right now but they have to come down a little at some point. The Saints will win, but I think the Lions cover the spread. I’m betting Detroit plus the 11 points.”

    My prediction:
    I say the Lions pull off the shocker and return to Lambeau. I think The Saints and Drew Brees are OVER-RATED.

  23. darthhitman77 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    crawfish2011 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    The Lions were healthy last week vs the Packers too. How did that game work out? The Saints have a better offense and a better defense than Green Bay.

    =====================================

    We were? UH, recheck facts fool

  24. diehardsaintsfan says: Jan 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    snoilog says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:50 PM
    Forward down the field,

    A charging team that will not yield.

    And when the Blue and Silver wave,

    Stand and cheer the brave.

    Rah, Rah, Rah.

    Go hard, win the game.

    With honor you will keep your fame.

    Down the field and gain,

    A Lion victory!

    GO LIONS!

    ==================================

    Pretty corny……..what is this Braveheart?

  25. johnnycash19 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    Ted Skroback says: Jan 5, 2012 3:06 PM

    Funny thing is that having suh back this time isn’t the crucial factor it’s having Louis delmas back. Saw a stat when he has played this season lions gave up on average 211 pass yards when he hasn’t it’s like 3 something. I’ve always called him bob sanders 2.0 he is smallish plays recklessly but when he is in he is a huge factor on d
    ——————

    Delmas probably is the most important player to return. I mean think about it. Delmas is the starter, his replacement right now is Chris Harris, who was their 3rd option after Erik Coleman went on IR. I actually think they brought in someone before Chris Harris to, but I can’t remember.

  26. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    122u what happend your team miss the playoffs you sound pretty bitter.

  27. primetime0552 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    crawfish2011 says:Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    The Lions were healthy last week vs the Packers too. How did that game work out? The Saints have a better offense and a better defense than Green Bay.

    prmpft says:Jan 5, 2012 2:42 PM

    were they not fully healthy when the Green Bay’s second team carved them to shreds???..ok

    ==============================

    Delmas and Berry didn’t play. Thats two key players in Detroits secondary….

  28. primetime0552 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    Cory Williams also didn’t play….

  29. 122u says: Jan 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Since I was forced to look at this Lion poetry, here is some back at you :)

    The Lombardi Trophy Is In Green Bay
    Where It Belongs &
    Where It’s Gonna Stay!
    To Those That Come To Take It Away
    You Will Have To Try Again,
    Some Other Day
    GO PACK!!

  30. delawarelion says: Jan 5, 2012 3:47 PM

    Smack Talk, Smack Talk, Smack Talk. Love It!!!!
    IMO the only thing most of the country saw from the Lions this year was the Bears MNF game, the embarassment in NO last month, the Thanksgiving fiasco and then the Matt Flynn Cinderalla game that really meant nothing to either team. However, what I saw this year was a team that has been humiliated beyond belief for decades grow and learn throughout a 20 game (last 4 of 2010) stretch and become a force to be reckoned with. I honestly don’t think those too far out of the Detroit viewing area (or Lions fans with Directv) really have any idea of what to expect from this years Lions.
    Could they find themselves overwhelmed in a hostile environment? – yes’ Will they choke and fold? – I certainly hope not.
    All I know is that 3 years ago I was watching my Lions finish a 0-16 season, screaming for Matt Millen to vanish off the face of the Earth. For years rather than being truly excited for a Playoff game, I was looking at the draft class (sometimes by Halloween!!). Now – we are in the tournament, hot as hell and I am pumped. Bubble might get burst, but hey, we are in. I see more promise in this organization that I have my entire life. There are 20 other teams sitting home right now and My Lions are not one of them.
    Go Lions!!!!!

  31. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    intedwetrust says:Jan 5, 2012 2:23 PM

    Won’t matter, the Saints are going to destroy them. Brees will go off and it’ll be another 50 point game for them. Loins lose by 3 TDs.
    __________________________________

    I agree.

    I will say though, that the Saints (notably Brees) are due for a hiccup any day here…and if the Lions yank this one away…both cities may burn to the ground.

  32. cwmorga says: Jan 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    @122u says: Jan 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    Here is what a dude in a betting site has to say:
    ———————

    Thanks for that gem of wisdom from “a dude in a betting site”.

    @yzers says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    To the morons claiming Detroit was healthy against the “Packer’s B-Team” (Which consisted of Packers starters minus about 5 guys) :
    No Corey Williams
    No Louis Delmas
    No Javhid Best
    No Nick Fairly
    ——————–

    Corey Williams is the only proven NFL player out of that bunch. When the other team is missing it’s MVP and Pro Bowl WR, you probably shouldn’t use friggin Delmas as an excuse.

  33. ahs2 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    NakedCowboy! says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:37 PM

    suh has been average with couple of good games…
    ____________________________________
    “Average” players don’t get voted as a Pro Bowl alt when they were suspended or double and triple teamed on every play…let your team block him one-on-one for an entire game and tell me he’s “average”.

  34. wingz101 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    Forget the GB game. That was an abberration. The Lions won’t say it, but they would rather play in a Dome against a pass rush-challenged foe as opposed to the frozen field in NY and that fearsome pass rush. These Lions are built for speed on indoor tracks.

    Saints fans should really look at the other 15 games, not the GB game. Close loses. Huge comebacks. Devastating offense. Excellent on the road. Look at what Stafford did last time he was in NO: 400 yards passing, 5 pass plays of 20 plus yards including 2 of 45 and one of 35. The Lion’s decrepit run game also managed three runs of over 10 yards in what, 12 tries?

    Face it, who dat nation hopes it is a blow out. But they know this could be something entirely different – like a plain old loss.

  35. ahs2 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    This game is gonna be fun to watch!

  36. thousandcasts says: Jan 5, 2012 3:57 PM

    Am I the only life-long Lions fan who remembers the last time the Lions went into a road playoff game with an offense that was red hot?

    It was what…Philly 51, Lions 7 at one point?

    When Louis Delmas is the missing piece on your defense, then you’ve got issues.

    The Lions have HUGE issues on the defensive side of the ball going into this game. If Stafford can throw for 480 and 5 tds and still LOSE to a team playing back ups and a QB making just his second start, then what Drew Brees is going to do to the Lions defense is going to be brutal…like a prison shower welcoming committee type brutal.

    That’s flat out reality…and it’s coming from someone who lives and breathes Lions football. No matter how much kool aid you drink, you can’t escape simple reality.

  37. nowillrepeat says: Jan 5, 2012 3:58 PM

    Lions are 0-5 against current NFC playoff teams.

  38. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:02 PM

    Okay 1223 or whatever your name is…whatever you say…the Saints are over rated. Once you’re done reading the new NFL record book…come back and tell me they’re over rated. If you can honestly say that then you obviously aren’t paying attention. By saying that you’re saying that Dan Marino’s career accomplishments were over rated…Kurt Warner and the Greatest Show on Turf were over rated…all of those records are now owned by the 2011 New Orleans Saints regardless of what happens in the playoffs.

  39. lks311 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    As a 40 year plus Lions fan, I could not be any happier that they are relevant again. Only 3 years removed from 0-16, and the Millen decade, my team is playing with house money. I will sit and smile even if it’s a 30 point beat down.

    That being said, this team is poised to give New Orleans a dog fight. Saints fans, when a talented, but rebuilding, team is not at full strength—it’s a big deal. Three defensive starters, plus Fairley, missing from a young line-up is a huge.

    Everything that possibly could have gone wrong for the Lions did the last time these two played. If I were a Saints fan, I would be concerned.

  40. darthhitman77 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    FACT: Everyone & Their momma has the Saints winning this game

    FACT: ALL the pressure is on the Saints

    FACT: Nick Fairley owned the Saints like he bought ‘em before re-injuring his foot

    FACT: despite all the starters out, 11 penaltiues, over 100 yards off of ‘em the saints STILL only won by 2 scores

    FACT: Marino failed to win a ring when he set the record in the first place

    FACT: This game, just like the Saints/Seahawks and EVERY other game in the NFL will be played on a field, NOT in stat columns

  41. 122u says: Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    xxwhodatxx says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:35 PM
    122u what happend your team miss the playoffs you sound pretty bitter.

    My team be waitin for ur team to choke against da puttycats.
    How’s Dat :)

    Delaware Lion Fan,
    The trash talkin is all in fun. You have to liven up a dull forum every now and then. I hope your Lions come back for a rematch!

  42. nowillrepeat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    LOL

    Its funny reading these comments by Lions fans regarding the last time these two teams met.

    That game was a complete beat down and was over at halftime with the Saints holding a 24-7 lead.

    Stafford got those yards in 4th quarter garbage time, when the game was already well in hand.

    The Saints had complete control of that game from start to finish and their truly is no debating that.

  43. easyeddie says: Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 2:35 PM

    Totally agree…Saints will win going away. I’m a Saints fan and I respect the lions…and, as a Saints fan I can also relate to their miserable history. But, the Saints learned a lot from the Seattle loss last year and the St. Louis loss this year…Saints are a far superior team than the lions and the boys in black and gold won’t let this one slip through their fingers like they did in Seattle last year. WHO DAT! 45-10 Saints!
    —————————————

    Just 10 points for the Lions? Against the Saints D?
    N.O. will likely win Saturday, but good luck in a few weeks in frozen Green Bay — you’ll need it badly.

  44. klunge says: Jan 5, 2012 4:16 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    I will say though, that the Saints (notably Brees) are due for a hiccup any day here…and if the Lions yank this one away…both cities may burn to the ground.
    ————————————————

    We don’t need no water, let the mother — burn!

    It’s not all bad, there’s certainly large portions of each city that could stand to be razed and start over.

  45. megatronownsyou says: Jan 5, 2012 4:16 PM

    Objective, fair journalism. Wow!

  46. jimmylions says: Jan 5, 2012 4:18 PM

    Congrats to MDS for writing a Lions article without using the word “dirty.”

    As I recall, Stafford was wearing the glove that game and his throwing was not that accurate – that’s lso a big difference for the Lions.

    To the Lions haters … huge numbers were posted by both teams last week – not just the Packers.

    That Lions/Packers game was more like an exhibition game than a real regular season game. I kinda felt like both coaches were being careful about what they showed on the field, and were more concerned about coming out healthy than coming out with a win – and thus the ridonkulously huge passing game by both QBs.

  47. vikinghater says: Jan 5, 2012 4:24 PM

    intedwetrust says:Jan 5, 2012 2:23 PM

    Won’t matter, the Saints are going to destroy them. Brees will go off and it’ll be another 50 point game for them. Loins lose by 3 TDs.
    ———————————————————-Who are the Loins?? New team??? Sounds Good!!

  48. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 4:25 PM

    Lions poetry? That joint’s been playing during Lions touchdowns for years. It’s their fight song.

  49. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    I say that klunge because no one has scored more than 17 points on the Saints since October and the Lions don’t have a run game…1TD for Megatron/Stafford.

  50. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jan 5, 2012 2:41 PM
    Should be a good game, sad I’ll miss it because someone decided to get married on that night.
    ———————————————————
    You have the same misfortune as me! I will probably be in the bar during the reception watching it. Hope the ceremony doesn’t take too long though.

  51. delawarelion says: Jan 5, 2012 4:35 PM

    thousandcasts says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:57 PM
    Am I the only life-long Lions fan who remembers the last time the Lions went into a road playoff game with an offense that was red hot?
    It was what…Philly 51, Lions 7 at one point?

    Long time ago dude. Hell, do you remember the last Lions Eagles game in Philly when the Eagles wore those horrible powder blue and yellow uni’s. Does that game have anything to do with 2012 Wildcard weekend? NOPE. Neither does the game you reference.
    As a life-long Lions fan, have hope!!! Be excited. Never know!!!

    nowillrepeat says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM
    That game was a complete beat down and was over at halftime with the Saints holding a 24-7 lead.
    Stafford got those yards in 4th quarter garbage time, when the game was already well in hand.

    Couldn’t be more off on that NO. First half was a beat down, second half, 24-17 going into the 4th quarter. Total Lions meltdown more that an dominating performance.

  52. jessethegreat says: Jan 5, 2012 4:38 PM

    Logic says the Saints will likely win, but Detroit has come a long way in the last couple years.

    I am glad it’s in Detroit instead of Lozerianna. Don’t want to see all the hillbillys, wannabe gangsters, heiffers and ho’s crying like Katrina is coming back for them after the Lions put on the beat down!

  53. dvdman123 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Okay lets see, an unheathly Falcons team beat a healthy Lions team in Detroit during the regular season. The Saints beat a pretty much healthy Falcons team on the road and at home during the regular season. So I think it’s safe to say the Saints should win this game by at least 11 per the oddsmakers. Oh and I don’t want to hear about all of the Detroit penalties and miscues. It’s part of the game. The Saints didn’t play a perfect game either that night.

  54. yevrag3535 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:56 PM

    Detroit is done this weekend and we will not wee them in the playoffs again for years to come. They will self destruct in the off season, wait and see. Too many nitwits on that team.

  55. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    Let’s not have selective amnesia here – Lions-Eagles was 58-7 at one point and, I believe, 38-7 at the half on a Rodney Peete Hail Mary.

    Anyway, this Lions team is much different. That one came into the playoffs on a seven game winning streak (resurrecting their season from a 3-6 start). This one’s exactly the opposite, having started 5-0 and stumbling to a 5-6 record down the stretch. Plus, Matthew Stafford is eons better than Scott Mitchell on his very best day.

    Not expecting a win on Saturday, but I’m not sure the 2012 Lions are anything like the early 1996 version.

  56. briggsweatbird says: Jan 5, 2012 5:01 PM

    mt99808 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:02 PM

    It’s too bad Jahvid Best isn’t available for this game. Would really make the Saints think twice about blitzing.
    ————————————————————–
    Ya. And it’s too bad Barry Sanders retired when he did, otherwise he would have been the all-time leading rusher in NFL. But, Sanders did retire, and he isn’t the all-time rusher.

    Best is hurt. Next man up. Besides, G Williams does not care who is in the backfield, he will play the game HE wants to play. Ask the Vikings if they were blitzed in the NFC championship game when Peterson was in the backfield.

    P.S. It’s also too bad that Phil Simms got hurt in ’91 and had to be replaced at QB by Hostetler, other wise the Giants would have won the Su— Wait. Nevermind.

  57. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 5:01 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:51 PM
    Okay lets see, an unheathly Falcons team beat a healthy Lions team in Detroit during the regular season. The Saints beat a pretty much healthy Falcons team on the road and at home during the regular season. So I think it’s safe to say the Saints should win this game by at least 11 per the oddsmakers. Oh and I don’t want to hear about all of the Detroit penalties and miscues. It’s part of the game. The Saints didn’t play a perfect game either that night.

    ______________________

    Oh, oh, I can play this game! Lions beat the Bucs on the road in week one. Bucs beat the Saints at home a few weeks later (the Bucs last win of the season, incidentally).

    It’s the irresistible force versus the illogical argument!

  58. delawarelion says: Jan 5, 2012 5:02 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 4:51 PM
    Okay lets see, an unheathly Falcons team beat a healthy Lions team in Detroit during the regular season. The Saints beat a pretty much healthy Falcons team on the road and at home during the regular season. So I think it’s safe to say the Saints should win this game by at least 11 per the oddsmakers

    LOL. One of these days all of us experts will figure out that one game has nothing to do with the other and that anything can happen during any game given a play here or a play there. Until then, we will just have to assume we know what we are talking about and continue to let the Odds makers kick our butts and take our money.
    Heck, to hear most of the experts out there, we should just fast forward through the next couple weeks and watch the Packers play the Patriots and call it a year.

  59. td40 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    It’s cute that they made the playoffs, but this is where the good times end for Lions fans.

    The Saints and Lions both have average-to-below average defenses (numbers 23 and 24 in the league), but while the Lions offense is great, the Saints offense is just plain astounding. It’ll be a shootout, but the Lions just ain’t gonna win in the Superdome.

    Final Score:
    Saints: 45
    Lions: 31

  60. dvdman123 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:25 PM

    The Lions had all of these players last week and what happened? Yeah I know it was close and and against Green Bay but the Packers didn’t play Rodgers and many of their starters. I don’t care what anybody says Matt Flynn is NOT another Aaron Rodgers. He will never have a better game in his career. Detroit has more issues on defense then the Saints and that will be their ultimate downfall.

  61. easyeddie says: Jan 5, 2012 5:29 PM

    td40 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    It’s cute that they made the playoffs, but this is where the good times end for Lions fans.

    ———————————————
    Nice condescending “cute” comment there.
    May not win this time, but the Lions will shore up their secondary over the offseason and put the final touches for a SB run next year. Lookout for Detroit next season and beyond.

  62. jeffchadwick says: Jan 5, 2012 5:39 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:25 PM
    The Lions had all of these players last week and what happened? Yeah I know it was close and and against Green Bay but the Packers didn’t play Rodgers and many of their starters. I don’t care what anybody says Matt Flynn is NOT another Aaron Rodgers. He will never have a better game in his career. Detroit has more issues on defense then the Saints and that will be their ultimate downfall.

    __________________________

    Wrong.

    First, Delmas has been out since Thanksgiving. Corey Williams also didn’t play last week.

    Secondly, Green Bay also played all of their starters save Rodgers, Jennings, Woodson, and Matthews. It’s not like Jordy Nelson or Jermichael Finley didn’t suit up for the Pack.

    Try again. Maybe the third time’s the charm?

  63. goodluckking says: Jan 5, 2012 5:43 PM

    nowillrepeat says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:58 PM
    Lions are 0-5 against current NFC playoff teams.

    Lions versus playoff teams in the ACTUAL playoffs this year: 0-0

    Thank god they get to play it on the field and not have a bunch web site posters declare the winner.

    GO LIONS!

  64. deeeeetroit says: Jan 5, 2012 5:47 PM

    to the idiots who think we had these people last week, we didn’t have half of these people and we were missing others

  65. prmpft says: Jan 5, 2012 6:19 PM

    …while i agree you can probably bet the over in this game- the lions just are NOT there yet…sorry homers – i don’t care who wasn’t there last week – you are geauxing down (again!)…

  66. nowillrepeat says: Jan 5, 2012 6:24 PM

    Couldn’t be more off on that NO. First half was a beat down, second half, 24-17 going into the 4th quarter. Total Lions meltdown more that an dominating performance.
    ———————————————
    I was there dude.

    At no point was the crowd or team ever worried about the Lions.

    Brees did whatever he wanted and there was absolutely nothing Detroit could do about it. I dont care how many starters were out or how many penalties yall committed, it would not have made one bit of difference on the outcome.

    The Saints simply out executed Detroit and were the better that night and that’s why they won.

  67. sosuhme says: Jan 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    I just hope that both of these two fine teams compete in the finest traditions of true sportsmanship and comraderie, that everyone tries their best, no one gets hurt, and the better team wins. Because when that happens, we all win.

  68. delawarelion says: Jan 5, 2012 6:45 PM

    nowillrepeat says:
    Jan 5, 2012 6:24 PM
    I was there dude.
    At no point was the crowd or team ever worried about the Lions.

    K. Like I said, Lions were totally outplayed in the first half, outsmarted and outclassed in the 2nd half.
    If you can honestly say that when the Lions got it back to 24-17 going into the 4th quarter, knowing that they have regularly overcome deficits all season, that you or any of the fans or team were not at all concerned and were confident they could do whatever they wanted. You sir are delusional or bye the 4th quarter you were totally plastered on the fine shine.
    Don’t get me wrong, the Saints gave me hope a couple years ago, wasn’t too long ago that they were more commonly known as the Aints, so you Saints fans that like to brag about how much more dominant they are and claim the game is over before it is even played may want to remember where you came from and possibly turn on some humility. (i know, longest run-on sentence ever!!)
    Good luck. Let’s hope it’s a good showing for both clubs.
    I stand by my 34-31 Lions!!
    Go Lions!!!

  69. MichaelEdits says: Jan 5, 2012 7:39 PM

    Gonna stomp them Saints, gonna stomp them Saints…!

    Oh wait, maybe that didn’t come out right.

  70. hyzers says: Jan 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    Saints fans are praying for a record-breaking 3 offensive pass interference penalties against a Detroit receiver again this week.

  71. finalword33 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    Upset. Lions win 38-28. Here’s why:

    1. Lions have had their B secondary on the field since halftime on Thanksgiving (having kept Rodgers to 7 points in that half). They’ll all be back in this game. Opposing teams throw for 125 yards less per game when Delmas has been in the game. Delmas and Houston have kept opposing QB’s to a passer rating of 69.0 when in games vs 82.1 when not in games.

    2. Fairley owned Brees for the limited time he played in the last game. Suh will, at least, do the same. The intimidation factor will be high. Brees will be off.

    3. The Lions D (especially the B secondary) gave 50% effort against GB and Flynn thinking it wouldn’t need more. There was minimal gain to win. They let the offenses work it out. This will not be a factor against the Stains. The D will be out to kill or be killed.

    4. At a chemical level, teams still think these new Lions are the old Lions. Must be the Honolulu blue. They are underestimated. The Stains, at their core, believe they are better. Disadvantage. These new Lions believe they can beat anyone.

    5. If the Lions “dome team” can throw for 520 yards and 5 tds in windy, cold GB, imagine what they will do in a…dome against a similar defense. Titus Young was benched for the 2nd half of the last Stains game, and they still threw for 408 yards without much to Megatron (the game’s best player on the field once again).

  72. hyzers says: Jan 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    I was there dude.

    At no point was the crowd or team ever worried about the Lions.

    Brees did whatever he wanted and there was absolutely nothing Detroit could do about it. I dont care how many starters were out or how many penalties yall committed, it would not have made one bit of difference on the outcome.

    The Saints simply out executed Detroit and were the better that night and that’s why they won.
    ————————————————

    Cool story bro.

  73. cashed1980 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:14 PM

    Wow loving all the Packer fans talking junk about the Lions not being able to beat the Packers “B Team”. Both teams had the same number of starters missing from the game. You just didn’t know it because the Lions that didn’t play weren’t “household names”. From all the lists above I think Aaron Berry was the Lion that was missed above. I also can’t believe no one commented on the horrible job the refs did. The only reason the Packers were still in the game at halftime was because of the refs awful calls. It seemed as if they were so concerned with trying to catch Suh being “naughty”, they couldn’t do their job right.

    Win or Lose on Saturday I’m happy with my Lion’s season overall. As long as the Lions don’t shoot themselves in the foot, I think this NFC wild card game will be one of the most exciting games in NFL history.

  74. gbmickey7 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    jeffchadwick says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:39 PM
    dvdman123 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 5:25 PM
    The Lions had all of these players last week and what happened? Yeah I know it was close and and against Green Bay but the Packers didn’t play Rodgers and many of their starters. I don’t care what anybody says Matt Flynn is NOT another Aaron Rodgers. He will never have a better game in his career. Detroit has more issues on defense then the Saints and that will be their ultimate downfall.

    __________________________

    Wrong.

    First, Delmas has been out since Thanksgiving. Corey Williams also didn’t play last week.

    Secondly, Green Bay also played all of their starters save Rodgers, Jennings, Woodson, and Matthews. It’s not like Jordy Nelson or Jermichael Finley didn’t suit up for the Pack.

    Try again. Maybe the third time’s the charm

    __________________________________

    Your attempt to defend is baseless. The Packers were also missing both starting tackles Bulaga & Clifton(clifton played a 1/4 for the first time in 3 mo.), Cobb, not to mention Collins. Thats a combined 6 pro bowlers from the past 2 seasons. I would ask you how the Lions would fare with 6 pro bowlers not playing but when you don’t have that amount to begin with it is a mute point.

  75. teajaye17 says: Jan 7, 2012 8:43 AM

    @122u says: Jan 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    Here is what a dude in a betting site has to say:
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    Thanks for that gem of wisdom from “a dude in a betting site”.

    @yzers says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    To the morons claiming Detroit was healthy against the “Packer’s B-Team” (Which consisted of Packers starters minus about 5 guys) :
    No Corey Williams
    No Louis Delmas
    No Javhid Best
    No Nick Fairly
    ——————–

    Corey Williams is the only proven NFL player out of that bunch. When the other team is missing it’s MVP and Pro Bowl WR, you probably shouldn’t use friggin Delmas as an excuse.
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    Delmas is a pro bowl alternate, and he missed 5 games. Just say’n.

  76. mikeopp says: Jan 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    No Lions weren’t as healthy last week eithe, Delmas was still out & and Corey Williams. Kevin Smith will be the healthiest today in two years. I think the Lions didn’t want to play outside against the Giants outside anyways Plus the refs took about 14 points away from the lions with obvious bad calls. If it was a superbowl, I’d be thinking the refs were paid off.

  77. mikeopp says: Jan 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    N.O. winning the first meeting is about as important as N.O. losing to the pathetic Rams earlier this year.

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