Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lions hold off Saints, move to 9-3

The Detroit Lions continued the NFL’s fee good story of the year with a 33-28 win in New Orleans.

The Lions racked up the points, scoring 30+ for the 6th time this season. It was a brilliantly balanced performance from the Lions offence with 205 yards passing to 142 rushing, and 2 touchdowns on the ground and in the air. Detroit is streaking away with the NFC North crown, and are firmly in the hunt for the NFC’s number 1 seed.

LIONS ROOKIE LAPORTA CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

Lions rookie TE Sam LaPorta had a breakout game amassing 9 catches, 140 yards and a touchdown on 9 targets. And there was plenty of praise for LaPorta’s performance. “I’m as comfortable with him as anyone I’ve ever played with,” Lions quarterback Jared Goff said. “For a rookie, it’s pretty tremendous. He’s such a reliable guy and a guy I count on in those crunch times. I know he’s a clutch player.”

The Saints lost starter Derek Carr with back, shoulder, and concussion injuries. “Any time you have a concussion, it’s concerning,” Saints head coach Dennis Allen said. Backup Jameis Winston didn’t impress in short relief.

Detroit LionsNew Orleans Saints
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs912
Rushing 1st downs710
1st downs from penalties21
3rd down efficiency6-136-12
4th down efficiency0-00-1
Total Plays5667
Total Yards347362
Total Drives1212
Yards per Play6.25.4
Passing205249
Comp-Att16-2519-29
Yards per pass7.98.0
Interceptions thrown01
Sacks-Yards Lost1-82-18
Rushing142113
Rushing Attempts3036
Yards per rush4.73.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-54-4
Penalties6-456-50
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost01
Interceptions thrown01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:5032:10

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