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Saints offense reaches new heights, crushes Lions

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham jumps to dunk the ball over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in New Orleans Reuters

You can slow down the Saints offense for one half in the Superdome, but it’s not going to happen for 60 minutes. Not this season.

After trailing 14-10 at halftime, New Orleans exploded for touchdowns on their first five second half possessions on the way to a 45-28 victory over the Lions Saturday night.

Only the Saints could stop the Saints offense. They didn’t punt a single time for the first time in franchise history. They scored on every possession except two lost fumbles in the first half and when they kneeled down at the end of the game inside Detroit’s five-yard line.

The Saints are playing video game football. They gained 626 yards, most in NFL playoff history. Drew Brees threw for 466 yards, second most in league playoff history. He could have thrown for even more if his receivers didn’t drop a few passes.

The final score makes this look like a laugher, but it was anything but. It was a three point game with ten minutes to go. Calvin Johnson finished with 211 ridiculous yards and two touchdowns, but he didn’t get enough help from his defense. Detroit’s vaunted front four was quiet again. In the end, the Lions were just another pass-first team with no defense.

The Saints running game kept New Orleans on track through some rough patches. Pierre Thomas (121 total yards) couldn’t stop breaking tackles, the Lions couldn’t touch Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory picked up some key short yardage conversions.

Saints coach Sean Payton called a very aggressive game, converting three key fourth downs, including one in Saints territory.

When the Saints are on, they play with a huge margin for error. They can afford two turnovers. They can afford some drops. When Matthew Stafford threw his first interception midway through the fourth quarter, we knew the game was over.

Opponents playing in the Superdome this year had no margin for error. New Orleans will likely have to win two road games to make the Super Bowl, so they should finish with a 9-0 home record. Five of those wins came against teams that made the playoffs.

The offense hasn’t been nearly as explosive on the road and now the Saints face the best defense in the NFC next week in San Francisco.

It’s a terrific matchup of contrasts. The 49ers play a well-coached brand of old school football. That style of play barely resembles the same sport the Saints were playing on Saturday night.

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  1. irodex says: Jan 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    Have to feel for the Lions. It’s bad enough to lose. It’s even worse to have to fly back to Detroit.

  2. KIR says: Jan 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    No disrespect Stafford but Calvin Johnson could make Curtis Painter look like a Pro bowler. Double or triple coverage no problem… Just throw it up.

  3. polegojim says: Jan 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    VERY Proud of my Lions Season…. for the most part.

    Disappointed in the woeful under-performance of such a highly touted D. Mr. Cunningham, YOU get a ‘D’ on the season. Horrid tackling too BTW….

    That said – Congrats Lions – our youth means continued success and improvement.

    2012-13 Wishes:
    1) A health Leshoure – get a power running game
    2) Reload in the secondary – the D can actually blitz and O lines must drop double coverage on Suh… and not get completely torched.

    Kudos to Brees and CO!

  4. jmsincla says: Jan 7, 2012 11:37 PM

    Drew Brees is the Man!!

  5. textexington says: Jan 7, 2012 11:37 PM

    The Aints will NOT beat the Niners. Take it to the bank!!!

  6. broncofootball93 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:37 PM

    I’m not gonna say the refs completely blew the game because the Saints played well…. but it could of been completely different

  7. iceshocker says: Jan 7, 2012 11:38 PM

    Love how the refs kept the lions’ lead close until the saints could run away with it.

    Also lol at the saints padding their stats at the end, stay classy.

  8. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 7, 2012 11:39 PM

    QB’s like Brees, Brady get a lot of credit, and rightfully so. But if anyone’s paying attention, these guys usually have plenty of time to let their WR’s get open due to excellent O-line play.

    Great QB’s, plus excellent O-line = no punts and 600+ yds of offense. Simple as that…

  9. cornellsteelers says: Jan 7, 2012 11:39 PM

    The Saints are coming down to earth next week. They’ve faced one decent defense this year(Chicago) and that was at home.

  10. trbowman says: Jan 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    Saints will destroy the 9ers.

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jan 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    This was an awesome sight to behold. A fantastic performance by Drew Brees and all the Lions fans have much to hope for in terms of next year. The Lions offense is for real. I’m not sure about their defense though.

  12. smatt1980 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    So when did Dean Winchester get the head coaching job with the Lions

  13. brewcitybummer says: Jan 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    Good game by the Saints but two rule changes need to happen this offseason to give defenses a chance:
    -The receiver no longer has the right to come back through the defender for the underthrown ball
    -Offensive Pass Interference needs to be a loss of down penalty. Otherwise its almost always a smart penalty to commit.

  14. bucforever says: Jan 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    Dem Saints won because the Lions looked like the Bucs the second half . Did they give up?

  15. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    Saints are gonna win the superbowl.

  16. kdalizard says: Jan 7, 2012 11:43 PM

    After the Packers JV squad tore apart the Lions secondary at cold Lambeau, did this surprise anyone? If GB plays NO in the NFC Title game, things are going to get nuts!

  17. woodyg says: Jan 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    This isn’t a surprise ……. The Lions haven’t beaten a team with a winning record all season …… The Lions came into this game 0-5 against playoff teams ……. They simply aren’t an elite team …… It may still be awhile before they are, if ever …… Sorry, these are the facts.

  18. whodat2 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    This time they were playing – Louis Delmas, Suh, etc…..huge diff from the 31-17 beatdown 5 weeks ago!!!! 45-28 sounds so much better!!!

  19. tatum064 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    Great game. I was hoping the Lions would contain them and stay close, but the Saints simply put the pedal to the metal and rolled. Sproles and Graham are the x factor.

    S.F.’s only chance? Knock Brees out of the game, force turnovers and run them back for scores, cause it could get REAL ugly.

  20. benh999 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:45 PM

    Speaking purely as a Saints fan, I find my sister very attractive.

  21. 504in860 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    cornellsteelers says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:39 PM
    The Saints are coming down to earth next week. They’ve faced one decent defense this year(Chicago) and that was at home.
    ————————————————

    GTFOH with that nonsense. Worry about your precious Steelers getting Tebowed tomorrow.

  22. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 7, 2012 11:46 PM

    I knew the league (refs) was going to help the Saints, but they could have made it a little less obvious. Bree’s throws 50 times and not 1 holding penalty? Wow…the NFL is really banking on a NO/GB NFC Championship game…

  23. oren120 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    Heck of a season from the Lions, and I’m disappointed in this result only because the Lions could have won it. To say the Saints crushed them is a bit over the top.

    They played close for 3 quarters, and had opportunities that they missed on. Eric Wright had an INT go through his hands at the end of the first half that would have saved 3 points. Wright dropped another INT that would have almost certainly gone for a TD, and Berry dropped a late INT, right through his hands as well.

    I won’t even mention the fumble that should have gone back for a TD if not for an early whistle, and the HORRIBLE spot early in the 3rd quarter that gave the Saints a first down instead of a punting situation. (oops, I think that counts as me mentioning them.)

    The goal in my mind for this season was exactly this. Make the playoffs, gain some respect, show people you’re a competitor. That gets you more leverage with free agents, and you can bring in more talent and get that much better for next year.

    I know it’s the popular thing to hate the Lions, but like it or not, they’re a team that’s going to make a lot of noise in the next couple years. And as a fan that has suffered for all these years, I cannot wait!

  24. gosuhgo says: Jan 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    I didn’t know the down sticks were the same as the goal line on that 4th down dive. So many little things to rage about but any way around it the Lions needed to stop ONE drive. I mean the Lions got screwed bad on a few different plays but if they can’t get any stops, that’s on them.

  25. sask9999 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    Brees won’t get away with throwing 4-5 balls right into the DB’s hands against the 9ers and Pack… He does that every game I’ve seen from him this year… Can you say pick 6 Drew?

  26. tommytd says: Jan 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    Lions were clearly in over their heads. We’ll see how the Saints do outside the dome next week. Stay tuned…great games coming!

  27. contra74 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:48 PM

    textexington says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:37 PM
    The Aints will NOT beat the Niners. Take it to the bank!!!
    ———-
    Sounds like a packer fan who is worried about the Saints.

  28. doncherry81 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:49 PM

    Matt Stafford = Jon Kitna. Yeah, I said it.

  29. bradeh says: Jan 7, 2012 11:49 PM

    Hats off to the Lions, they got some pressure on Brees that you don’t see often, that led Brees to making some wibbly throws. Pressure up the middle is how you beat Brees.

  30. tatum064 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:50 PM

    cornellsteelers says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:39 PM
    The Saints are coming down to earth next week. They’ve faced one decent defense this year(Chicago) and that was at home.

    ======

    I agree, and that Park is slippery. Its whose ground game is going to set up play action fake. I will say this, the Saints are a different team on the road, and Rams got them this season.

    That being, said, the Saint offense could drop a 50 burger, real quick – they simply have too many people to cover and too many variations on routes that Brees uses. This is a grab and land on shoulder type deal for S.F. – they have to hurt him to slow him down, or its going to be a long day.

  31. randomguy9999 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:50 PM

    Lions looked like the weaker team all game… two Saints TDs were simply because the Lions secondary forgot to cover someone completely….

  32. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:50 PM

    i think they should build a dome over candlestick park for next weeks game to make it fair, because the saints can not play outside of their cozy dome.

    lets go 49ers, send these schmucks home.

  33. bearsnbills says: Jan 7, 2012 11:51 PM

    What a joke. The refs gave the saints so many opportunities it was blatant. The Lions should have just walked off the field… Doesn’t matter as the 9ers will destroy them…

  34. straightfromthedonkeysmouth says: Jan 7, 2012 11:51 PM

    “Oh when the Saints go marching on” and the Lions go home cause they couldnt go hard . I love Calvin Johnson you are great and you will be back next year, Matthew you’re the man 2 experience is the best teacher!!!!!!!

  35. bleed4philly says: Jan 7, 2012 11:51 PM

    Saints will lose to the 9ers.

  36. addictedtojane says: Jan 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    I think the SAINTS have to be considered the favorites to win it all right now. As a PACKERS fan I really want the 49ERS to beat them next week, but I don’t think they have a chance. It’ll probably play out like this game, the NINERS will keep it close for a half, but it’ll become a blowout. SAINTS are just on fire.

  37. KIR says: Jan 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    Daren Sproles, Pierre Thomas same as all good/great running backs…. easily replaceable. At least that’s what they tell me.

  38. texansfan2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    Meow Meow, can we have some some cans of Fancy Feast as we did make the Playoffs but got our butt’s kicked by the Saints. But we got there and feel we deserve nice food for the flight home to Detroit. I want the Cod, Sole and Shrimp feast, it’s the Green Can Mr. Schwartz, but Fancy Feast has a variety package that I’m sure will be loved by all of us.

    Thanks A lot
    Mathew Stafford

  39. cwinmill says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    Someone said the saints didn’t beat any good defenses. We beat the Houston Texans Tennessee Chicago the giants.

  40. tampajoey says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    Great game Saints!

    Detroit’s Defense was overrated just like I’ve been saying. How come we hear about Suh all week, every week as the media shoves him down our throats and I rarely hear his name mentioned in the game? Did Suh even play tonight?

    Good Luck next week New Orleans.

  41. dylanmusicfane says: Jan 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    I’m sick of the drew praise-a-thon. he’s good but put him outside his dome against that 49er defense and he’ll be exposed.

  42. cullenand99 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    Congrats to the Lions on a great season. They have a very bright future ahead of them. Next up San Fran. Watch out Niners, the best offense in the league is coming.

    @cornellsteelers So the Saints haven’t played a decent defense this year? Packers, Bears, Giants, and Texans don’t have good defenses? Not sure what your smoking.

  43. harleypuppy says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    After years of drafting at the top of the draft you the Lions now get to backpedal they won’t be loading up on anything Stafford looks good only because of Johnson any other receiver many of those passes are picks if he ever goes down look out.

  44. swgiblin says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    @cornellsteelers

    I hear the Texans have a pretty good D…

  45. scomibord says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    THAT VAUNTED 9ERS D WILL GET EXPOSED!

  46. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    How about that Danny Briere a fight and a natural hat trick !

  47. growler32 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    Great job NO. Detroit, you now know exactly what you need in the draft! A lot of defense. CB’s and LB’s. let’s be smart Mr Mayhew. Terrible second half by our D.

  48. roamingabriel says: Jan 7, 2012 11:57 PM

    All Harbaugh SB…

  49. franktherat96 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    The 49ers are going down next weekend. They really haven’t played any strong offensive teams this year. Its going to be one and done for the 49ers. Payback for all the pain they gave the Saints back in their NFC West days.

  50. packerpride03 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:59 PM

    Coach Payton still a scab!

  51. outlawshark says: Jan 8, 2012 12:00 AM

    I can’t possibly be the only one who thought the Lions were extremely jobbed on that game-changing fumble recovery. Jeez, I’m a Packer fan.

  52. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 8, 2012 12:01 AM

    Can Suh teach his teammates how to tackle? That was embarrassing.

  53. ryanf61 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:01 AM

    Like most greats, Brees won’t be fully appreciated until he retires, and that’s unfortunate.

  54. newtons2ndlaw says: Jan 8, 2012 12:01 AM

    The 9ers will get unbelievable CRUSHED next week.

    Can you imagine, Alice Smith trying to catch up to Brees? As much as you guys think the Niners D is top notch, their secondary is not the greatest. And I’ll bank on a Superbowl winning MVP QB over a guy who in 7 years of playing QB, hasn’t thrown for 300+ yards more than 4 times!

    Don’t believe me look that stat up. Alice is a joke. And the 9ers, joke of an offensive game plan will be nationally exposed yet again.. BOOK IT!

  55. allday296 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    Megaton flat out best Wr in football, 200 + in double and triple coverage,

  56. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    Who Dat! Then Lions have nothing without Megatron.

  57. catchhester23 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:02 AM

    Lions got a gift wrapped playoff apperance this year. If bears didn’t melt down completely this year after cutler got hurt the lions wouldn’t have been in the playoffs. I think green bay still wins it all, the saints can’t play outside in the cold.

  58. caboose12 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:06 AM

    Is it just me or do the lions look alot like the cowboys. Can’t come up with a stop, one to many opportunities missed. Yup just like the cowboys

  59. motownlion says: Jan 8, 2012 12:08 AM

    RE; irodex

    real show of class. You ever been to Detroit? Nah, I doubt it.

    You have no idea how this city is. You have no idea what your life would be without it.

    Why don’t you save your comments for the Jim Rome show and spare us all of the trollness.

  60. goldrush36 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:09 AM

    @cullenand99 you do realize the Packers have the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL right? So I don’t know what you are smoking and oh BTW they kicked your arse

  61. heyzeus143 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:12 AM

    watch the flags fly on SF, Roger likes offense cause it sells tickets and boosts ratings, enables him to placate whoever put his feet to the fire about player safety, damn arena football

  62. justwaittilnextyear says: Jan 8, 2012 12:14 AM

    I don’t mind losing when it’s fair but this screwing the Lions every chance the refs get is getting old. I like the Saints and football in general but please call the games fair. We want to win but not referee aided.Does NO Saints take their refs on the road with them?

  63. gdeli says: Jan 8, 2012 12:16 AM

    brees was amazing. great o-line. stafford threw a bad int then had a shame rage but it was his fault. he then composed himself. I feel sorry for megatron. Very hard game to really win the SB with 32 freaking teams. Great saints defense too. lions missed their 2 int’s and that killed them too. The saints will give the 49ers a run for their money and maybe win. Better than 50/50 chance.

  64. textexington says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 AM

    Packers>Saints

  65. tdk24 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 AM

    Buh-bye!

  66. woodyg says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 AM

    Hopefully, Lion fans will now go crawl back into their holes …… They’ve been an embarrassment all season long with their absurd commentary …..

  67. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 AM

    When people mention the Drew Brees fumble that should have been returned for a TD, I wonder if the whistle hadn’t have been blown would Meachem have at least TRIED to recover the ball????? He just stood there. It makes me wonder if he cares, but also justifies the reason of the rule that ended the play at the point of interception. The whistle made Meachem think the play was over AND because Detroit played through the whistle they GOT the turnover. Seems fair to me. At least as fair as the NFL gets.

  68. iambadkid says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 AM

    curtis painter lol

  69. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 8, 2012 12:22 AM

    No criticism for Stafford??? Really??? Dude can make every throw but honestly his best pass is the “jump ball” to Megatron. Throws 2 critical INTs yet escapes any flak.

    I know Deroit D missed sum opportunities in second half BUT they caused two turnovers in the first that Stafford couldn’t cash in on.

  70. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 8, 2012 12:22 AM

    Probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but I would have liked to have seen the Saints put in some backups, especially the QB, when then victory was sealed. The experience could be invaluable if one of the starters goes down next week or in future games.

    But they thought it more important to run up the score. Look at what happened to Indy and even Green Bay during the Diva years because they did this same thing – when the backup had to come in because of injury, he was completely unprepared and did very poorly. Do you want to risk that if Brees gets knocked silly in the fourth quarter in a non-blow out situation?

    Even if the starters stay healthy, putting the backups in gives you a chance to see what you’ve got to work with next year.

  71. jrmbadger says: Jan 8, 2012 12:26 AM

    Was it just me, or did anyone notice that after a Lion’s WR ran out of bounds on their final touchdown drive in the 4th quarter that the clock started running as soon as the ref placed the ball?

    Why? did someone screw up, or am I missing a rule?

  72. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 8, 2012 12:27 AM

    Did you expect anything different? Saints will make the niners look like the saints from 1986 next week. And for those goons who said how scary the lions were…I couldn’t help but to agree as the MVP took a knee on their 1/2 yard line with 2 min to play up by 17. Whew….scary.

  73. sjsuraider says: Jan 8, 2012 12:27 AM

    The 49ers are the perfect team for the Saints to play on the road because the weather in the bay area isn’t that adverse for their passing game unless it continues to be as windy as it has been recently.

  74. crawfish2011 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:28 AM

    The Niners defense is good but it isn’t the 85 Bears or the 2000 Ravens. However, the Saints offense is the best ever.

    The Niners gave up 27 pts to St Louis week 16. Not the Greatest Show on Turf St Louis, but the Kellen Clemens, Brandon Lloyd St Louis Rams.

    The Niners are a fraud and will be exposed next week.

  75. lilrob10201 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:28 AM

    Megatron deserves to be on a better team.

  76. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 12:34 AM

    oren120 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    I won’t even mention the fumble that should have gone back for a TD if not for an early whistle, and the HORRIBLE spot early in the 3rd quarter that gave the Saints a first down instead of a punting situation. (oops, I think that counts as me mentioning them.)
    ——————
    You must look as stupid as you are. First of all, the lions deserved to lose that game big time. They could not tackle. They could not stop the run or the pass. They don’t have a run game at all. They play arena football.

    Second, get a clue about english. Why would you mention it by saying I won’t even mention it.

    Most importantly, you are a whiner and a loser.

    Get used to Lions finishing second or worse in their division as long as Rodgers is playing in GB and that clown Dingdong Suh and that crybaby Schwartz are in Motor City.

  77. zaggs says: Jan 8, 2012 12:34 AM

    “cwinmill says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 PM

    Someone said the saints didn’t beat any good defenses. We beat the Houston Texans Tennessee Chicago the giants.”

    As a Giants fan I can tell you they dont have a good defense past the front 4. Plus for the Saints game there were on their 3rd or 4th defensive playcaller because Boley was out.
    Its convenient that what would have been expected to be a hard non division game for New Orleans before the season started was scheduled to be at their home (Indy, Houston, and Giants)

  78. nineroutsider says: Jan 8, 2012 12:34 AM

    The 9ers play a style of football that allows them to be in every game they play…and in most cases dominate. Their D will bend not break to the Saints; watch how many times the Saints will kick field goals.

    Great offense can be stopped. The 9ers will make enough plays to do it in a tight game. Then I’m off to Lambeau to see it done on the road…

  79. goldrush36 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:37 AM

    cullenand99 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    Congrats to the Lions on a great season. They have a very bright future ahead of them. Next up San Fran. Watch out Niners, the best offense in the league is coming.

    @cornellsteelers So the Saints haven’t played a decent defense this year? Packers, Bears, Giants, and Texans don’t have good defenses? Not sure what your smoking.
    ___________________________________

    Packers 32nd, Giants 27th, Bears 17th… they played Houston in week 3 and it was in New Orleans…… You were saying? They will face another top 10 defense BUT on the road where they aren’t nearly as good, in the cold and on a slippery field. Also against the stingiest team for points allowed. Little bit different

  80. comeonnowguys says: Jan 8, 2012 12:39 AM

    To be fair, I’m actually glad that Lion fans are complaining about officiating after a game. Yet again.

    If they weren’t, I’d worry that I should have bought the Mayan 2012 calendar.

  81. lookatthefarside says: Jan 8, 2012 12:44 AM

    The Schwartz was not with Schwartz tonight.

  82. louisianafootballfan says: Jan 8, 2012 12:44 AM

    Lions played a great game. You guys have a lot of great football ahead of you. You’ll be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.

  83. 1phd says: Jan 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    I hate the Lions but I want to commend the refs for another subtle game fixing performance. Numerous uncalled holds, favorable spots, etc. Maybe they wanted to show Roger Goodsellout that they could do their job well and impact the outcome in the subtle little ways the league wants, so it turns out like the NFL wants. Disgusting.

  84. bbkld5 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:46 AM

    Both teams look great, especially Detroit (not that far from 0-16). I see these teams switching places a year from now.

    Someone always cries about “running up the score.” It’s the Saints offense’s job to score points and the Lions defense’s job to stop them. That’s why they play the game.

  85. 1phd says: Jan 8, 2012 12:46 AM

    Oh and thanks for turning the league into Arena football Roger. I forgot to mention that.

  86. mrlynch33 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:48 AM

    Impressive win by the saints. Next week will be great game. To put it into the words of Mike Singletary, this game will be “Physical with an F”.
    Payton is gonna try to run up the scoreboard, Harbaugh hasn’t forgotten the beating the Saints gave us in week 1 of the preseason.
    This will be a close game, the lions defense blew it this week. The Niners D has playmakers at all 3 levels, probowler J. Smith, probowler P. Willis & All Pro Bowman & Pro Bowlers C. Rogers & D. Goldson.
    Matt Stafford threw the ball what 50 times…which means the Saints pass rush was non existant. The niners have possible rookie of the year A Smith who came half a sack short of beating the rookie record.
    I say it comes down to Alex Smith at the end….and I am pulling for him.

  87. forever8young says: Jan 8, 2012 12:49 AM

    Keep running your mouths Saints fans. Sean and Drew are in for a rude awakening next week at Candlestick. A very rude awakening.

  88. dvdman123 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:49 AM

    The Lions played a good game, the Saints did what they’ve done to their last 4 opponents…..just simply overpower them with their offense. Heck they even gave the Lions a few turnovers to start and that didn’t help. If I were the Niners I would be VERY VERY concerned. The Niners just don’t have the offense to keep up and their defense is not perfect.

  89. demdurtybirdz says: Jan 8, 2012 12:53 AM

    Is it just me, or is everyone tired of seeing the close up of drew brees doing his yoga poses on the sideline before each half?

  90. coachow says: Jan 8, 2012 12:57 AM

    I just learned Brees played in a spread offense in college. Currently playing it now. Is he good, yes. Is he great no. Brees and Strafford has had over 5000 yards this season. Does that mean anything? As a friend of mine reminded me, Dante Culpepper had 0ver 5000 yards at a time where the NFL wasn’t a passing game, you know the type of NFL where YOU COULD play tight defense or crush a QB, or offensive holding calls WOULD be called… Those are facts.

    Brees’ situational stats on grass: 9 tds 6 ints and a rating of 95.7 vs. on turf: 37 tds 8 int and a rating of 118.7. The new greatest show on turf.

    NOLA fans, you can “thumbs down” this post but those are facts on ya boy Brees.

    Today: 4 dropped ints and he threw 43 times without any holding calls? But you call him great? Go ahead(SMH) continue watching ESPN, and let them control what you see…

    p.s

    You and many others probably think P.Manning is the greatest QB ever overall, because he’s been to the playoffs over 10 times, but he only has ONE ring. All those stats… and in that game, he played against REX GROSSMAN, and Alex Smith is way better than REX. The NFC was trash that year as well. What happened since for P.Manning?

    Look back at the teams that won Superbowls in the last 25 years. Balance gets rings. Going to the SUPERBOWL and not winning is like going to the “prom” by yourself…and then the DJ plays that slow song, and your by yourself…. Niners have had 5 prom dates looking for a sixth. All their Superbowl teams were teams with great balance. Research yourself!

  91. ahs2 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:59 AM

    catchhester23 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 12:02 AM
    Lions got a gift wrapped playoff apperance this year. If bears didn’t melt down completely this year after cutler got hurt the lions wouldn’t have been in the playoffs. I think green bay still wins it all, the saints can’t play outside in the cold.
    _________________________________

    You keep telling yourself that; the Bears are on the way down to insignificance!

  92. diablito0402 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:59 AM

    Bad enough refs helping saints with dead ball whistles on fumbles, that could of been 7 points, and generous ball spots on key 3rd downs, lions dropped at least 3 easy interceptions and one possible pic six, thats why they going home,,,,

  93. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 1:00 AM

    The 9ers will get unbelievable CRUSHED next week.

    Can you imagine, Alice Smith trying to catch up to Brees? As much as you guys think the Niners D is top notch, their secondary is not the greatest. And I’ll bank on a Superbowl winning MVP QB over a guy who in 7 years of playing QB, hasn’t thrown for 300+ yards more than 4 times!

    Don’t believe me look that stat up. Alice is a joke. And the 9ers, joke of an offensive game plan will be nationally exposed yet again.. BOOK IT!
    —————
    I am as impressed with the Saints and Brees as the next guy, but to discount the 9ers would be mistake. Saints are different away from home. Didn’t they drop one to the lowly Rams?

    I appreciate the trash talk but will you be back if the saints lose?

  94. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 1:02 AM

    claymatthewsisonsteroids says:
    Jan 8, 2012 12:01 AM
    Can Suh teach his teammates how to tackle? That was embarrassing.
    ———-
    No he can’t. He doesn’t know how to!

  95. mrjackson206 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    The Saints won’t beat the Niners. Why because the Niners D is the difference maker. You Saints fans & Niner haters can talk about how Brees will carve up the Niners, etc but guess what?? Vick threw for 400 plus on the Niners too, & guess what happened? LOSS!!

    Blitz all you want because….

    A. As weak as your D is I think it can be exploited.
    B. The Niners run deception plays very well.
    C. Our passing game isn’t as weak as you think it is
    D. Can you say pass rush specialist Aldon Smith!
    E. We have the better secondary & D-line.

    Niners 30 – Saints 21

  96. greenandgoldgirl says: Jan 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    Congrats to the Saints on the win. It was fortunate for them that the Lions secondary had butter fingers tonight because that won’t happen against the 49ers or the Packers. Next weeks game should be interesting. Brees throws way too many balls up for the defense to grab and eventually that will cost them. If he does that next week all those records won’t keep the Saints from marchin’ home without any trophies.

  97. golfnutt67 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:07 AM

    The 9ers will get unbelievable CRUSHED next week.

    Can you imagine, Alice Smith trying to catch up to Brees? As much as you guys think the Niners D is top notch, their secondary is not the greatest. And I’ll bank on a Superbowl winning MVP QB over a guy who in 7 years of playing QB, hasn’t thrown for 300+ yards more than 4 times!

    Don’t believe me look that stat up. Alice is a joke. And the 9ers, joke of an offensive game plan will be nationally exposed yet again.. BOOK IT!
    ———————————————————–

    What you are failing to consider is the Niners have the best D and ST in the league. That’s 2 of 3 facets if the game edge Niners…….oh yea games is on grass the saints average about 23 ppg on grass ( I think) and I guarantee that field will be soaked, muddy and slow. That said the Saints are an awesome offence. It should be a good game….to say the Niners have no chance is flat out ignorant to the facts…….it should be a fun game of contrasting styles.

  98. eknirb says: Jan 8, 2012 1:08 AM

    Brees is one of the best QBs the league has ever seen. In the Dome, on the fast track, the Niners wouldn’t stand a chance. But on the grass here in SF, with (maybe) some wind/rain/fog—the Niners can take this team. But we’ll need more than just Akers to put up points.

  99. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 1:09 AM

    franktherat96 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:58 PM
    The 49ers are going down next weekend. They really haven’t played any strong offensive teams this year. Its going to be one and done for the 49ers. Payback for all the pain they gave the Saints back in their NFC West days.
    —————-
    Yeah I remember those days. But that tough saints D with Swilling, Jackson, etc used to give Montana and the 9ers fits.

    As regards the current niners, they did beat the lions in Detroit. I hear they have a pretty decent offense :)
    Also beat Giants and Eagles. They too are in the top 10.

  100. philtration says: Jan 8, 2012 1:10 AM

    No top 3 draft pick this time around Lion fans.
    Now you have to fix your problems like a real team and you will find that it is a whole different story when you are picking 26th.

  101. iamwhodat says: Jan 8, 2012 1:11 AM

    C’Mon the refs help the Saints win… Man we beat the kittens twice this year, kitten fans sound like viqueen fans from 2 years ago.

  102. sonoco says: Jan 8, 2012 1:16 AM

    The Lions defense must of bled about 100 yards and a half dozen 3rd down conversions due to missed tackles. That won’t happen against the 49ers. The Saints will continue their streak of road playoff futility and be 0-5 this time next week. 27-20 San Francisco.

  103. norcalmafia says: Jan 8, 2012 1:26 AM

    Niners defense will not be forgiving as the Lions..Niners have the most takeaways in the league everone will keep doubting the Niners and they will win again and all you guys talking smack will dissapear..Niners had the Saints on the ropes at candlestick last year..That was with Dingleberry as their coach and there D is even better this year..

  104. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2012 1:27 AM

    A week ago the headline said, Matt Flynn reaches new franchise records.

  105. bigredjbird says: Jan 8, 2012 1:29 AM

    Yeah, my money is on the Saints to destroy Niners. 21 points is enough to beat Niners, I can see Brees doing that easy.

  106. norcal031 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:30 AM

    Playoff football in The Bay!!!!????

  107. mwojo586 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:39 AM

    Can’t say my view is not a little bias being from Detroit but I take one thing away from this year and that is we have a QB. Yes anyone can throw to Calvin Johnson but if you watched this kid (23 years old) all seas for every snap like us in Detroit you would know that there are only a few QB’s in the league that makes the throws Stafford does.

    Defensive line huge disappointmentas well as secondary. Cannot drop a pick that keeps points off the board!

    And lastly I wouldn’t be from Detroit if I did not bring up the Ref’s. Swallow your whistle, blowing dead a fumble recovery that would have gone for a TD is inexcusable. And I know we lost but 40 or whatever but who knows what happens if that goes for 6! I thought they were supposed to let the play go and make a determination afterwards but I don’t know any rule in the NFL anymore. And just an FYI, when showing a highlight with the announcers praising the saints, it’s best if there is not a blatant penalty on them for every highlight. Holding on every play huh? True in game. And yes probably on both sides.

    TL;DR Sorry for rambling.. Lions have a QB, saints much better team, and NFL officials still suck!

  108. asublimeday says: Jan 8, 2012 1:40 AM

    Where’s lionsfan87? Where’s soulman? C’mon lions trolls, let’s hear ya now!

  109. phelbin says: Jan 8, 2012 1:42 AM

    Candlestick in January is a real home field advantage…it’s not just the fans. The winds swirl around and that field gets really slippery. A dome team with a high-flying pass attack will have a real tough time in SF.

    For those of you who claim the Niners are way overrated, SF played 4 of the 8 team playing this weekend…and beat all 4 of them. Saints fans who dismiss the Niners because they’ve been so bad the last decade are really setting themselves up for disappointment.

  110. carlsbadboltfan says: Jan 8, 2012 1:43 AM

    What’s all this whining about blown calls by the refs? Saints blew the doors off the Lions and that boy named Suh put a cap on a lousy year for him. Compare this season with last years and you’ll see what I mean.

  111. orcheon says: Jan 8, 2012 1:44 AM

    The only thing stopping Megatron is that he can’t throw it to himself.

  112. asublimeday says: Jan 8, 2012 1:51 AM

    I know it’s the popular thing to hate the Lions, but like it or not, they’re a team that’s going to make a lot of noise in the next couple years. And as a fan that has suffered for all these years, I cannot wait!

    ———

    Your defense is abysmal and staffords entire game is based on tossing it in Calvin’s zip code and hoping he comes down with it, and then making some wide open throws on the side because teams are doubling Calvin all day. I dont fault him for it but he’s not elite.

    As mentioned by catchhester, the lions got gifted a playoff bearth this year. Your coach can’t lead, and your defense is awful. The bears and packers dismantled you, which is a microcosm for the next decade. Goodnight.

  113. coolzog says: Jan 8, 2012 1:53 AM

    For those keeping score at home, it’s still just 1 playoff victory for the Lions in the last 55 years…

    Same number as the Texans

  114. valman61 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:54 AM

    Brewcity

    Solid comment I agree 100

  115. mrlynch33 says: Jan 8, 2012 1:55 AM

    I meant defensive rookie of the the year can newton has rookie of the year locked up

  116. fringetastic says: Jan 8, 2012 2:05 AM

    @cullenand99
    You included the Packers in your list of good defenses? LMAO. I hope the pack wins it all again this year but they do not have a good D.

  117. localbandhero says: Jan 8, 2012 2:12 AM

    http://www.csnchicago.com/sportsnetChicago/search/v/48615464/bears-pgl-reviews-key-plays.htm

    LOL at the Lions fans crying about blown calls.

  118. sschmiggles says: Jan 8, 2012 2:26 AM

    cullenand99

    lol @ including the Packers on the “good defense” list. Why is their defense good, but the Patriots’ sucks? They’re the same unit with slightly more turnovers and fewer sacks.

  119. ampking101 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:32 AM

    Anyone else realize that the Saints kneeled the ball to run out the clock on 4th down. How the heck did it not kill the clock and become Lions ball?

    Not that it would have made much of a difference at that point but go NFL officiating, your doing a mighty fine job! (sarcasm)

  120. frank booth says: Jan 8, 2012 2:43 AM

    While people are talking about how the Saints didn’t play any tough defenses, let’s not forget that the 49ers defense fattened up on a lot of bad offenses- the Hawks, Cards, and Rams (all played twice) were 23rd, 24th, and 32 in offense, the Redskins 26th, Bucs 27th, the Browns 30th.

    Good to see that the Lions fans are still blaming the refs for all of the Lions offenses. Bye Bye, Lions.

  121. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 8, 2012 3:04 AM

    Saints will lose to the 9ers.

    ************

    Your brain on drugs….

    any questions?

  122. mikehockhurtz says: Jan 8, 2012 3:07 AM

    Is it just me or do the lions look alot like the cowboys. Can’t come up with a stop, one to many opportunities missed. Yup just like the cowboys

    ***********

    They look nothing like the Cowboys….

    The Lions have heart and a owner that isn’t trying to prove Jimmy Johnson wrong.

    Signed,

    Cowboys fan

  123. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Jan 8, 2012 3:16 AM

    Houston had the #2 defense in the league.. and we hung 40 on them when they were #1 in the league. We also were 5-3 on the road with 2 of those losses decided on the final play of the game. If you think for 1 minute The Saints cannot go into Candlestick Park and thump the 49ers, you’re either a hater or a homer. This is a buzzsaw, and its gonna run right through Rice-A-Roni-ville….

  124. ishoulbeagm says: Jan 8, 2012 3:18 AM

    There are a bunch of Saints haters. That says something..

  125. bspurloc says: Jan 8, 2012 3:20 AM

    .
    so to just get the rules straight…..
    TOUCHING a receivers helmet is a penalty?

  126. akasaintsbaby says: Jan 8, 2012 3:24 AM

    All of these niner fans keep saying the Saints lost to the Rams. Didn’t the niners lose to the Cowgirls and the monster Cardinals? Keep talking. Deep down you’re worried. Scratch that, VERY worried.

  127. couchbasher says: Jan 8, 2012 3:32 AM

    video game is exactly right- the NFL rules are terrible and clearly favor the offense.

    All these offensive stats should have an asterisk next to them.

  128. couchbasher says: Jan 8, 2012 3:37 AM

    Brees is getting the big head. With these rules Marino could still pass for 5000 yards.

    Is football with this much offense really fun to watch? Why not make the NFL a flag/arena league?

  129. kappy32 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:51 AM

    The story of the game was how the Lions secondary couldn’t make plays that could’ve changed the game. The fumble with the whistle was BS; the refs are taught to let the play go on if there is any question of a fumble/interception with the challenge rules, but I guess it’s part of the game. The plays I’m mostly referring to were the 3 missed easy interceptions that resulted in 17 Saints points. There was the lob Brees threw into the end zone before the half that the corner dropped (3 points); then there was Eric Wright’s missed pick 6 in the 3rd quarter (7 points); and then there was the terrible throw by Brees that went through the arms & legs of the Saftey in either the 3rd or 4th (7 points). It was clear that the Lions playoff inexperience came through on those plays. Teams with playoff experience don’t let those plays get by because they know just how damn important they are. The Lions treated this game like a regular season game while the Saints played like it was win or go home.

    As a side note, did anyone else notice the huge man-crush Chris Collinsworth has on Brees? It’s embarrassing to see a national announcer gush so much over a player. Also, enough with the Katrina BS. It was a terrible event, but enough. Collinsworth mentioned it at least 10 times, even once while trying to compliment the Lions. Does he not remember that the Saints’ Super Bowl win was 5 friggen years after Katrina? I’m from NY & a huge Giants fan. I would be annoyed beyond belief if the Giants SB win in 2007 was continually tied to 9-11. Football is a game; death, destruction & tragedy are real life.

  130. childressrulz says: Jan 8, 2012 4:05 AM

    brewcitybummer says: Jan 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    Good game by the Saints but two rule changes need to happen this offseason to give defenses a chance:
    -The receiver no longer has the right to come back through the defender for the underthrown ball
    -Offensive Pass Interference needs to be a loss of down penalty. Otherwise its almost always a smart penalty to commit.
    __________________________
    Never going to happen as Goodell and the owners love selling tickets and high ratings which big offense draws. Teams that rely on big defense no longer stand a chance. Read the rules and adjust your team accordingly owners.

  131. fmwarner says: Jan 8, 2012 4:32 AM

    1. The Lions did get the short end of two calls, but anyone who watched the game knows that two calls weren’t going to change things.

    2. People are still complaining about running up the score? IN THE PLAYOFFS? Grow up.

  132. dreworleans says: Jan 8, 2012 4:35 AM

    600 plus yards 2 games in a row. Saints are unstoppable. For all naysayers, 18-6 on the road in the last 3 years=best in NFL. Saints will destroy SF, and ATL will upset the Pack, so back to our dome for the NFC Title. Lambeau won’t be an issue.

  133. jessethegreat says: Jan 8, 2012 4:40 AM

    This should remove all doubt…. Brees is almost as good as Matt Flynn. Some team (wheather it be SF next week, winner of ATL NYG vs GB, BALT or NE, is going to smack him around (before the whistle) and really throw him off his game. Once DB is rattled, NO is going down.

  134. cobrala2 says: Jan 8, 2012 5:41 AM

    I wouldn’t say the Lions are overhyped but some people have a point that their losses to quality teams says a lot about them.

    The Saints offense is just SICK.

    I’m glad someone else commented about Brees’ incredible luck with dropped INTs. He throws 2-3 easy picks a game and these damn d-backs prove week after week why they’re not WRs. It’s pretty amazing, really.

    Anyways, vote only on this last comment please: thumbs up if you think Schwartz is anywhere from shady to borderline sniveling weasel. Thumbs down if you think he’s an alright guy.

  135. hscorpio says: Jan 8, 2012 5:54 AM

    The Packers JV offense put 45 on the Lions in sloppy conditions last week so I’m not sure how impressive it is to match that in the climate-controlled dome. If the Lions don’t get great play from their DL, they have big trouble defensively and that Lion DL has not been playing well.

    The Saints have a west coast trip for a game outside up next. That wasn’t kind to them last year against a sub .500 team. We’ll see if this year is any different. The 49ers are a very good football team, unlike last year’s Seahawks. That 49er defense gives them a chance whenever they take the field and they excel in the king daddy of all stats, TO margin.

  136. orangeflh says: Jan 8, 2012 6:02 AM

    Only one “take it to the bank” comment.

    Only one “stay classy” comment.

    Only one “book it” comment.

    Only one “(points) burger” comments.

    Zero “cue the_________” comments.

    Zero (even worse) “queu the___________” comments.

    I’m shocked, yet pleasantly surprised.

  137. jimmylions says: Jan 8, 2012 6:06 AM

    We got beat. It sucks. It wasn’t the refs fault. It was because the defense didn’t tackle well. There were lots of plays that gained a lot more than they should have.

    Stafford is awesome. He throws bullets side-arm and hits receivers in traffic. We’ve got a great corps of receivers including our TEs. Obviously Megatron is a beast, but Stafford should also have been picked for the Pro Bowl.

    No running game this year, but Michael LeShore was out for the season, and Javid Best’s career is probably over. If LeShore plays like the star he supposedly is, our offense will rip up the NFL next year.

    We still need help in the secondary. :(

    Given that the haters all said we wouldn’t even play .500, and would finish last in the NFC North, you’d think those people would shut up and eat crow for being so wrong! Oh well – haters are gonna hate no matter what!

    I’m really happy for Kevin Smith, who went from unemployed and watching football on the couch on Sundays, to playing the best football of his career.

    Not bad for just 3 years after the Matt Millen disaster era! Looking forward to next fall!

    Looks like Frisco and Pitt in the Super Bowl.

  138. dolphins4 says: Jan 8, 2012 6:14 AM

    They’re still the motor city kitties.

  139. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2012 6:42 AM

    I thought the big difference between these two teams was the running game for the Saints.

    If everyone played as hard as Pierre Thomas, what a game it would be, love that guy.

    The Lions were up 14-7 for some time in the game and I remember thinking that if they could score another TD and go up by 2 TD’s, that the Lions would have a real good shot at winning.

    The Saints defense wouldn’t let them in the end zone though, that was huge.

    Also, why didn’t Swartz challenge that first down in Saints territory where the WR was clearly short of the marker?

    That was a colossal mistake.

  140. mikemcdorman says: Jan 8, 2012 7:05 AM

    Video game football is right. You happy yet, Mr. Goodell?

    I miss the NFL of five years ago.

  141. youreallmorons says: Jan 8, 2012 7:22 AM

    Thankfully we can now stop hearing about the Lions. They started off as a nice turn around story but unfortunately were overshadowed by Suh and his BS.

    Bottom line you cant be taken seriously giving up over 1000 yards in back to back weeks against the class of the NFC.

  142. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:27 AM

    So did the Punter have to take a shower since he didn’t play?

  143. i10east says: Jan 8, 2012 7:31 AM

    This time the Christians fed on the Lions.

  144. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 8, 2012 7:39 AM

    So let me get this straight. Everyone is assuming that the Saints will easily beat a top 5 D on the road where the Saints average 27 points a game(vs 41 at home)?

  145. gb4mn0 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:02 AM

    It seems I’m a contrarian Packer fan on this but I want the Saints in GB for the NFCCG. Isn’t winning the SB about beating the best on the way?

    Eric Wright’s 2 dropped ints and the inadvertent whistle after the Brees fumble would have changed the game but probably not the outcome.

  146. rgirgis1 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:07 AM

    On the TV coverage, NBC stated the Lions have not won a playoff game since 1957 or something like that. This is false. They crushed the Cowboys in 1991, 38-6.

  147. tdrundmc says: Jan 8, 2012 8:37 AM

    The Saints are done next week..they’ll actually play a team that tackles and plays defense.

  148. bucforever says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 AM

    The fourth quarter the Lions looked a lot like our Bucs. Can you say”give up”? I really hope Brees and the Saints can go all the way . Would be nice to see a champ from our division.

  149. tdrundmc says: Jan 8, 2012 8:47 AM

    Drew Brees throws the worst deep ball in the nfl, looks like a tecmo bowl floater. Stick to your check downs Mr. dink and dunk.

  150. buckeye1nation says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 AM

    @Ampking. I noticed that also. Ran for 10 on 1st, then took a knee three times. It was 4th down onthat last kneel down.

  151. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jan 8, 2012 8:54 AM

    For the idiot who accused the Saints of running up the score: were you paying any attention during the season?? The Lions had FOUR come-from-behind victories (they were down by +10 points in all of them).

    For the cry-babies accusing the ref’s of fixing the game: GET OVER IT! Ref’s are not perfect and it’s just a fact of the game that they aren’t going to get 100% of the calls correct. Great teams are able to overcome bad calls. Was it the ref’s fault that the Lions were unable to make any tackles? (It looked like they were trying to play flag football). Was it the ref’s fault that the Lions secondary had multiple blown coverages???? Was it the ref’s fault that Detroit had no running game to keep the Saints offense off the field???
    The better team won last night…Period.

  152. buckeye1nation says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 AM

    @ampking, They had first and goal at the 12 and I think the officials mistakenly gave them a 1st down on the 10 yard run when it was really 2nd and goal. Then 3 knees..

  153. FinFan68 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:57 AM

    Both offenses played well. The saints were unstoppable and the lions looked very sharp in the first half. The lions looked like a very young/inexperienced team but one that will need to be reckoned with for the next few years. Their defense failed to cover on several occasions and tackling was horrid.

    That said, the officiating once again was sufficiently bad as to impact the game. Non calls, bad calls, questionable spots, an early whistle and some clock shenanigans give lions fans a valid reason to complain. The NFL should be embarrassed by what the officiating has become the last few years. It is utterly ridiculous. I still think that the saints would have won, but to say that the refs didn’t effect the game (in favor of the saints) is not being honest/objective.

  154. prmpft says: Jan 8, 2012 9:16 AM

    …i think the temperature in hell is startin’ to drop a little – AGAIN!

  155. 1historian says: Jan 8, 2012 9:35 AM

    IMO the playoffs are as much if not more about character as they are about talent.

    The Lions have a lot of talent but they had their “welcome to the NFL playoffs” moment last night and how they react next season to the butt-kickin’ they got last night will determine how much character they have.

  156. easyeddie says: Jan 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    localbandhero says: Jan 8, 2012 2:12 AM

    http://www.csnchicago.com/sportsnetChicago/search/v/48615464/bears-pgl-reviews-key-plays.htm

    LOL at the Lions fans crying about blown calls.
    —————————

    Not a saints hater, but a saints fans hater.

  157. easyeddie says: Jan 8, 2012 10:40 AM

    irodex says: Jan 7, 2012 11:36 PM

    Have to feel for the Lions. It’s bad enough to lose. It’s even worse to have to fly back to Detroit.

    ———————————–

    New Orleans is the homicide capital of the United States. Also no. 1 in the list of least healthiest places to live in. It’s basically a sewer. Look it up.

  158. ratedgap says: Jan 8, 2012 11:11 AM

    coachow says: Jan 8, 2012 12:57 AM

    I just learned Brees played in a spread offense in college. Currently playing it now. Is he good, yes. Is he great no. Brees and Strafford has had over 5000 yards this season. Does that mean anything? As a friend of mine reminded me, Dante Culpepper had 0ver 5000 yards at a time where the NFL wasn’t a passing game, you know the type of NFL where YOU COULD play tight defense or crush a QB, or offensive holding calls WOULD be called… Those are facts.

    —————————————————

    Please point to the year Culpepper threw for over 5000 yards. You and your friend are clueless. That is a fact.

  159. bobhk says: Jan 8, 2012 1:57 PM

    akasaintsbaby says:
    Jan 8, 2012 3:24 AM
    All of these niner fans keep saying the Saints lost to the Rams. Didn’t the niners lose to the Cowgirls and the monster Cardinals? Keep talking. Deep down you’re worried. Scratch that, VERY worried.
    ————-
    Not that anyone is going to read this post, BUT,
    The cowboys have talent and the cards were on the rise (both are .500 or just below).

    Everyone is entitled to a bad game (which is what Saints had) but they lost to the rams….the RAMS with a 2 win season. With a backup QB no less.

    please don’t compare.

  160. packersweep says: Jan 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    dreworleans says:
    Jan 8, 2012 4:35 AM

    600 plus yards 2 games in a row. Saints are unstoppable. For all naysayers, 18-6 on the road in the last 3 years=best in NFL. Saints will destroy SF, and ATL will upset the Pack, so back to our dome for the NFC Title. Lambeau won’t be an issue.

    ————————————————–

    Maybe you ought to wait till the other games are final before you run your ratchet. Only thing that the Falcons have over the Saints is that they have one more week of offseason to enjoy.

  161. comeonnowguys says: Jan 8, 2012 11:27 PM

    rgirgis1 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 8:07 AM
    On the TV coverage, NBC stated the Lions have not won a playoff game since 1957 or something like that. This is false. They crushed the Cowboys in 1991, 38-6.

    L.M.A.O.

    How bad would you laugh at a Packers fan bragging about the Ice Bowl? About a Bears fan gloating about 73-0? Multiply that by 10, and that’s how silly your “crushing” recollection is.

    And FWIW, NBC’s premade animation that went decade-by-decade did in fact credit that “crushing” victory.

  162. packerbadger says: Jan 9, 2012 8:13 AM

    IF Saints get by Fortyniners and their waaaay over watered down field and being outdoors; and if the Pack (which they should) beat the Giants, the Saints will get a rude awakening at Lambeau when its in single digits, on real grass, outdoors (like football was meant to be played). Enuf said.

  163. hurricanes88 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    Motor City Kitties… I kinda like that (as a Lions fan).

    Bad officiating? Maybe the early whistle on the fumble recovery, but the Lions abysmal tackling and missed picks had WAY more effect on the final score.

    That, and the fact that NO’s offense is hitting on all cylinders – they really looked good.

    The Motor City Kitties (see? I like it) definitely need to add to the secondary as job #1, then get some depth at the running game. We will be back next season. And for all the Stafford haters who claim that the only reason he looks good is because of Calvin? You need to watch him more. He is the real deal.

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