NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates by dunking the football over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lions Vs. Saints, NFL Playoffs 2012: New Orleans Advances With 45-28 Victory Over Detroit

The New Orleans Saints are through to the next round after a 45-28 win over the Detroit Lions. For more on this game, check out Lions blog Pride of Detroit, Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and SB Nations Saints-Lions StoryStream.

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Arian Foster, Texans Dominate; Drew Brees, Saints Offense Explodes Again

The first day of Wild Card weekend is done. We saw the Texans claim a 31-10 victory over the Bengals and the Saints, as usual, explode offensively in a win over the Lions.

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NFC Wildcard 2012, Lions Vs. Saints Final Score: Drew Brees Lights Up Lions Defense In Victory

The New Orleans Saints punched their ticket to California to take on the San Francisco 49ers after dispatching the Detroit Lions 45-28 in the 2012 Wild Card round of the playoffs. The game was extremely close in the first half, including the Lions actually leading the Saints at halftime, limiting the high scoring offense to just 10 points and forcing two turnovers. The Lions couldn't capitalize on the fumbles however, including one that saw a potential touchdown wiped out by an inadvertent whistle.


Related: Saints Vs. 49ers: Divisional Round Matchup Set


The Lions offense put up plenty of points, as quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions late in the game while the Lions were trying to make their comeback. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson once again showed everyone why he's arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, picking up 12 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. According to the NBC broadcast, Johnson had the best NFL playoffs debut for a wide receiver in NFL history.

The New Orleans Saints offense was just another animal all together. The Saints offense didn't punt single time in the game, converting on three of their four fourth down attempts. Quarterback Drew Brees lit up the stat sheet, passing for the second most passing yards in NFL playoff history with 466 yards and three touchdowns. All-purpose player Darren Sproles also picked up two touchdowns on the ground while the Saints saw both Robert Meachem and Marques Coltson both go over 100 yards receiving. On the night, the Saints picked up 626 yards of total offense all by themselves.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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PHOTO: New Orleans Saints Fans Are Awesome

Time to play a game of eye spy with the crowd at the Superdome. Ready, go!

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First we have the man in the LSU polo, smiling with the biggest, goofiest grin. Geaux Tigers!

Follow that up with the man in the white hat staring directly at the camera, smiling in an incredibly creepy way. He's staring through your soul.

Next to him, a man who's very proud of his black Saints hat and wants to show it off. We see it, sir wearing a thermal under his t-shirt.

In the back, a somewhat oblivious pair raising their arms high. Again with the thermal under the jersey here, as well.

Redhead in the back left is looking the wrong way and not celebrating. Bad Saints fan.

Bam! Dude in the striped polo, no undershirt and blue beanie -- not wearing any Saints gear; not a New Orleans fan. He's also pounding his beer and giving the camera an eye, which makes him the winner of this photo.

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NFL Playoffs Schedule: Saints, 49ers Will Meet In Divisional Round

The Saints took care of business against the Lions and move onto the divisional round where they'll face the 49ers.

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Lions Vs. Saints 2012: Drew Brees Puts The Nail In The Lions Coffin

The Detroit Lions were able to pull the game within two scores, but the New Orleans Saints made sure to put the nail in the coffin after a failed on-sides kick. The Lions stuffed the Saints on a first down run, so the Saints decided to just throw the ball deep. Quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Robert Meachem for a 41-yard gain down to the Detroit 1-yard line.

The Saints tried to hit tight end Jimmy Graham in the endzone, but couldn't complete the pass. Running back Pierre Thomas punched the ball in the endzone this time, pushing the Saints lead to 45-28 over the Lions. On the night, Brees has 466 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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VIDEO: Calvin Johnson Setting Records And Scoring Touchdowns

The Detroit Lions are still losing by double digits to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game, 38-28, but we need to recognize the historic day Calvin Johnson is having. The Lions receiver now has 12 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

Via the NBC broadcast, it's the biggest receiving day for a player making his postseason debut in NFL history. Raymond Berry had 178 yards receiving while the Packers' Jermichael Finley had 159 yards receiving.

His latest touchdown was another good one, right in the middle of traffic:


Johnson has been the only constant on the Lions team throughout the game. 210 yards in a game with this atmosphere is impressive. He's a target for Stafford even when he isn't open and he needs so much attention that he creates opportunities for others.

Megatron just might be the best receiver in football. (Maybe.)

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Lions Vs. Saints Score: The Rout Is On As Saints Take 17-Point Lead

The rout is on in New Orleans With less than eight minutes to go the New Orleans Saints take a 17-point lead over the Detroit Lions. The Lions held a 14-10 lead after the first half and it looked like this would be a tight game. Instead, the Saints came storming out in the second half and now take a 38-21 lead with 7:29 remaining in the game.

The Saints offense is simply too good. That's the best way to put it. But things become even easier when the Lions secondary, who has seen a lot of criticism lately, completely blows assignments. On the Saints latest score, Brees dropped back to pass and quickly identified Robert Meachem, who was completely uncovered.

Brees now has 425 yards and three touchdowns in the game. His regular season was almost unbelievable and he's starting off the post season on the right foot.

The Saints are on their way to a blowout if the Lions can't mount a comeback in the final seven and a half minutes.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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NFC Wild Card: Lions Turn It Over, Saints Take Control In Fourth Quarter

The Detroit Lions are in serious trouble in the NFC Wild Card game. They're trailing the New Orleans Saints 31-21 with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter and Matthew Stafford just ended the Lions last drive by throwing an interception.

Stafford was under pressure and, as he's done a few times in the game, he fired a deep ball to Calvin Johnson. Unfortunately, that deep ball was intercepted by the Saints who sit in firm control of the game with a double digit lead less than 10 minutes remaining.

If Johnson had caught it he would add to what is already a memorable day -- nine catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Of course, we'll only remember it if the Lions can come back and win.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.


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VIDEO: Darren Sproles Touchdown Puts Saints Up 31-21

After the Detroit Lions cut into the New Orleans Saints lead with a touchdown, the Saints began another time consuming drive. A penalty on Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch gave the Saints drive new life on third down, setting up a 17-yard pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston on another third down to keep the drive going. On the very next series, the Saints needed a 3-yard run on fourth and two by Darren Sproles.

The Saints picked up short chunks of yards instead of their typical big chunks of yardage and just bled time off the clock. On another third and long, Brees connected with Sproles to pick up the first down. On the very next play, Sproles took the handoff off the left tackle for a 17-yard touchdown run, his second of the night, untouched.

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VIDEO: Matthew Stafford's Bomb To Calvin Johnson Sets Up Lions Score

The Detroit Lions trailed 24-14 late in the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints and they needed a big play to spark their team.

So why not throw it up to Calvin Johnson?

That's what Matthew Stafford did and, per usual, it worked.


Johnson caught the 42-yard bomb inside the Saints five yard line and on the next play Stafford boot-legged his way into the end zone for six points making the score 24-21. The Lions got down the field quickly and turned it into a one-score game, which is exactly what they needed.

Johnson now stands at nine catches for 173 yards which is....pretty incredible, as you might guess. He's an absolute beast and Stafford has the "No one's open so I'll just throw it deep to Megatron" attitude which actually works, like it did in this game.

The Lions are trailing, 24-21, nearing the end of the third quarter.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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Drew Brees' Second Touchdown Puts Saints Up 24-14

The New Orleans Saints forced the Detroit Lions to punt hoping to add to their lead. The Saints began a methodic march down the football field to take the lead on a 13 play drive that went 92 yards. It wasn't all in big chunks of yardage however, as the Saints offense also picked up some tough yardage on the ground including Brees leaping over the line to pick up a fourth down, which left ESPN's Chris Mortensen thoroughly impressed.

A few plays after the fourth down conversion, Drew Brees hit wide receiver Marques Colston deep for a big 40-yard gain to set the Saints up on the 3-yard line. Brees connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for his second touchdown pass of the night to put the Saints up 24-14.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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PHOTO: Spike Lee Might Be Lost

Spike Lee is in New Orleans, taking in the NFL playoff matchup between the Saints and Lions. That's not too surprising -- everyone wants to see the two high-powered offenses go at it -- but something tells me Spike is lost. After all, he did show up in a bright yellow hoodie and Knicks hat to a matchup between a team from New Orleans and a team from Detroit.

The Knicks were in Detroit on Saturday and beat the Pistons, by the way, so maybe he's rooting for the Saints?

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Those are some sweat frames, though.

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NFL Playoffs Update: Lions Come Up Empty, Saints Lead In Third Quarter

Trailing for the first time all game, following a long touchdown catch by Devery Henderson that put the Saints up 17-14, Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions took the field for their first drive of the second half. The Lions built up a 14-10 lead heading into the half, but fell victim to New Orleans' quick strike offense and needed an answer. And on the first play from scrimmage, Detroit got its drive started off on the right foot, picking up a large chunk of yardage.

Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson for 21 yards and a first down to open the drive -- a promising start for the Lions. But that was about the only positive on the drive as a run that went nowhere on first down was followed by a back-breaking holding penalty, putting the Lions in a second and long situation. Stafford's next pass was incomplete, and though he found Nate Burleson for eight yards on third down, the Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to a New Orleans offense that seems to be finding its groove.

Early in the third quarter, the Saints lead the Lions at the Superdome, 17-14.

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VIDEO: Drew Brees, Devery Henderson Connect For 41-Yard Touchdown

The New Orleans Saints got the ball first in the second half, trailing the Detroit Lions 14-10 after the first half. Pierre Thomas started off the drive with an 18-yard run on first down. On the very next play, quarterback Drew Brees took a shot deep down the field to wide receiver Robert Meachem, but Meachem dropped the football in what should have been a long gain. The Saints got another long run, this time from Chris Ivory for 19 yards and followed that play up with a touchdown pass.

Brees dropped back and hit wide receiver Devery Henderson deep down the field for a 41-yard touchdown pass, putting the Saints up over the Lions 17-14.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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ANIMATED: Marques Colston's Touchdown That Wasn't, And The Odd Personal Foul

There's a lot of weird things happening in this gif, and many are a result of interesting decisions by the officials. Late in the second quarter, Drew Brees found Marques Colston in the end zone on a play the officials initially deemed a touchdown. However, it's clear as day to anyone watching that Colston didn't actually come down with the ball, despite his best efforts, and the pass should've been incomplete.

In addition to the odd completed pass call, there was a flag on the play and the defender was called for a personal foul. See if you can figure out why:

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That grazing blow to the head that momentarily blocked Colston's vision but did little else? Yep, that's a personal foul. Hits to the head are one thing -- especially helmet-to-helmet ones -- but this seems a little overzealous. In the end, though, it didn't end up mattering a ton as the Saints had to settle for a field goal. But it's the principle that counts!

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Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson Lead Lions To Halftime Advantage Over Saints

The New Orleans Saints were double digit favorites over the Detroit Lions yet the Saints enter halftime losing to Detroit, 14-10. The first half story lines include the Lions passing offense, which has been solid, and the Saints' turnovers, which they've done twice.

Matthew Stafford has completed 14-of-22 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn't turned it over and they've been picking up yards in big chunks. Calvin Johnson has five of those receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. The Lions offense has been playing well enough to win, and maybe that could (as long as Stafford continues playing turnover-free football).

The Saints have turned it over twice in the first half -- a first quarter Marques Colston fumble and the Drew Brees fumble. The fumble by Brees was close but it appeared the officials got it right ruling it a fumble. The Saints offense has been moving the ball but they just can't punch it in.

The Saints haven't lost at home this season so the Lions are trying to do what no one else has done this season.

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NFC Wild Card 2012, Lions Vs. Saints: Detroit Holds New Orleans To A Field Goal

The New Orleans Saints got the football back after the Detroit Lions once again failed to capitalize on another Saints turnover, and the Saints once again began to methodically march right down the football field. Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Marques Colston for a 23-yard gain on the first pass of the drive. A few plays later Chris Ivory picked up a third and short to keep the drive alive.

Right before the two-minute warning, wide receiver Robert Meachem made a ridiculous catch on the sideline to put the Saints in third and short.

There were off setting penalties on the very next play and Drew Brees missed on third and one. The Saints went for it on fourth down with Chris Ivory pounding the ball off of the right tackle to muscle for the first down. Brees hit tight end Jimmy Graham for an 11-yard gain to get the Saints in the redzone. A few plays later, Brees took a shot in the endzone to Marques Colston who looked like he caught a touchdown, but after the review it was overturned because he did not maintain control through the catch to the ground.... or the Calvin Johnson rule.

There was a penalty also called on the play however, as a personal foul was called on cornerback Amari Spievey because of "contact to the helmet". Even after the penalty gave the Saints a new set of downs, the Lions defense was able to hold the Saints to just a field goal, taking a 14-10 lead into halftime.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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Lions Vs. Saints 2012: Detroit Offense Showing It Can Hang With New Orleans

The Detroit Lions continue to lead the New Orleans Saints, 14-7, in the Superdome. The Lions offense has looked terrific at times putting up 14 points on drives of eight and nine plays. Matthew Stafford is accurate, Calvin Johnson is heating up and the Lions are in good position as we approach halftime.

The Lions took over on their own 38-yard line midway through the second quarter after Detroit's defense caused a Drew Brees fumble (and you can see video of that play here). Unfortunately for the Lions, they couldn't put points on the board and ended up punting on the drive.

But overall, as we approach halftime, the Detroit offense is playing well enough to win.

Stafford has 180 yards passing already and looks like he and the rest of the offense can hang in there with the Saints. They're outplaying them through one half. Calvin Johnson looks terrific and has five receptions for 76 yards. When in doubt, Stafford tends to go deep to Johnson.

It's still early, yes, but the Lions really look like they're capable of pulling off the big upset. We'll see if the momentum carries into the second half.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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VIDEO: Drew Brees Fumbles, Early Whistle Wipes Out Lions Touchdown

After the Detroit Lions scored another touchdown to take a 14-7 lead over the New Orleans Saints, the Saints began again marching right down the football field. The Saints easily crossed midfield again after Drew Brees hit running back Pierre Thomas for a 14-yard gain on a short pass, but then the Saints fumbled the ball away again. Brees dropped back to pass and as he cocked back to throw, Willie Young knocked the ball out of Brees hand right before it went forward.

As you can see, it's clearly a fumble and it's clear the Lions recover the ball. The referees blew the whistle as the Lions were picking up what should have been an easy return for a touchdown to put the them up 21-7, but because of the whistle they could not advance the football.

Former director of officiating Mike Pereira explains:

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Lions Vs. Saints Score: Matthew Stafford To Calvin Johnson Gives Detroit 14-7 Lead

The Detroit Lions are playing well enough to hold a touchdown lead over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card. The Lions are holding a 14-7 lead over the Saints thanks to a 13-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson for a touchdown. The Lions offense is on it's game and they look sharp.

In a little over a quarter, the Lions have had drives of eight plays (80 yards) and nine plays 87) yards and both have gone for touchdowns. That's a good indication that the Lions are going to be able to move the ball and score a lot of points in this game. The Saints can do the same but they haven't seen many teams who can match their firepower like the Lions can.

The Lions are heavy underdogs in this game considering the Saints haven't lost at home all year. It's still early but it appears as if the Lions will make a game out of this.

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Lions Vs. Saints Score Update: Darren Sproles Touchdown Ties It Up 7-7

After the New Orleans Saints stopped the Detroit Lions offense and forced them to punt, the Saints nearly went three and out in their own territory. On third and long, however, Brees was able to connect with Pierre Thomas for an 11-yard pick up to keep the drive alive. A few plays later, Thomas ripped off a 31-yard run right up the middle, making safety Louis Delmas miss in the open field to get the Saints offense past midfield.

Just two plays later Brees dumped the ball off to fullback Jed Collins for a 15-yard gain down the sideline to put the Saints in the redzone as the first quarter ended. After three straight runs, the Saints finally punched the ball in the endzone on a Darren Sproles touchdown run off the left side of the line.

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Lions Vs. Saints 2012: Detroit Offense Loves Going Deep

The Detroit Lions methodically marched down the field on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game but they didn't have quite as much success on their second drive. They started on their own 18 yard line and in nine plays made it to the 50-yard line before deciding to punt.

The Lions converted two third downs on this drive so they've shown they can move the ball. They still hold a 7-0 lead over the Saints.

What's exciting to watch about the Lions offense -- and why they have the ability to beat the Saints -- is that Matthew Stafford won's hesitate to throw it deep to Calvin Johnson, one of the best receivers in the league. He's a mismatch with almost anyone and Stafford knows it.

It's still early but the Lions are playing well enough right now.

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PHOTO: Kyle Vanden Bosch Is Terrifying

I just ... I don't even know. I don't want to be anywhere near Kyle Vanden Bosch and this image is going to haunt me forever. He's possessed or something and we should probably just call this game off on account of AHHH DEVIL ON THE FIELD.

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You're welcome, Internet, and good night.

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NFC Wild Card 2012, Lions Vs. Saints: Marques Colston Fumble Gives Ball Right Back To Lions

After the Detroit Lions marched right down the field to take an early 7-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees took the field and began a drive of his own. Brees picked up 23 yards on his first pass to Devery Henderson and two plays later Darren Sproles took the ball 14 yards off the right side of the offensive line.

It looked like the Saints would easily go down the field and match the Lions' drive, but on a short pass from Brees to wide receiver Marques Colston the Saints turned the ball over. Lions linebacker Justin Durant popped the ball out of Colston's hands and the Lions recovered as the Saints were the first team to blink.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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Lions Vs. Saints 2012: Detroit Strikes First, Take 7-0 Lead

The Detroit Lions are heavy underdogs entering the NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints but apparently no one told them that. The Lions came out on their first drive and drove 80 yards in 4:02. Matthew Stafford completed 5-of-6 passes for 70 yards and Detroit looked like they were the 10-point favorites.

The Lions started things off quickly on their first drive. Seven yard run by Kevin Smith. 22 yard pass to Calvin Johnson. Eight yard end around by Titus Young. Stafford continued hitting Johnson and Young quickly moving into the red zone before capitalizing with a touchdown pass to the tight end. Johnson and Young combined for 60 yards on the drive.

It's early but the Lions have the lead over the Saints, 7-0.

The Saints are heavy favorites in this game by anyone you ask and probably for good reason -- they haven't lost at home all year and they're currently riding an eight game winning streak. That said, this Lions offense is one of the few teams that can have a shot at matching the Saints explosiveness offensively.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. For more on the Saints and their trip to the playoffs, check out SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles. For more on the Lions and their first playoff appearance in over a decade visit Pride of Detroit.

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Lions Vs. Saints, NFL Playoffs 2012: Lance Moore Leads List Of Inactive Players

The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints are preparing to face off in the first round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs. The teams will meet on Saturday night. Just a short while before kickoff, the teams announced which players will not be suiting up for the game.

The full inactives lists for Saturday night's game have been released. These come to us courtesy of our Lions blog, Pride of Detroit.

Detroit Lions Inactives
QB Drew Stanton
RB Joique Bell
OG Leonard Davis
DT Andre Fluellen
LB Doug Hogue
CB Brandon McDonald
S Chris Harris

New Orleans Saints Inactives
WR Lance Moore
TE John Gilmore
TE Tory Humphrey
OG Eric Olsen
DE Turk McBride
LB Jonathan Casillas
CB Leigh Torrence

The most significant name is Lance Moore, who was ruled out due to an injury yesterday.

For more on Saturday's game, head over to Lions blog Pride Of Detroit and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. Be sure to check our NFL hub and stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates.

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NFC Wild Card 2012, Lions Vs. Saints: Both Teams Meet Saturday Relatively Healthy

There are plenty of story lines to cover for Saturday night's NFC Wild Card game between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints. There's Drew Brees' record-setting season, the Lions' run to their first playoff berth since the 1999 season, etc. Something that thankfully won't be major a story line, however, are injuries to either squad.

The Lions enter Saturday's game with 11 players on the injury report. Only one of those players, safety Chris Harris, is listed as anything other than "probable," however. Harris has a back injury that will likely keep him out against the Saints. With Louis Delmas returning from injury, there was a good chance Harris would have seen the bench anyway.

The biggest absence for the Saints will be wide receiver Lance Moore, who also missed last week's game against the Carolina Panthers with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas and little-used tight end John Gilmore are also expected to sit. Robert Meachem and Jonathan Vilma are listed, but both are marked as "probable."

For more on Saturday's game, head over to Lions blog Pride Of Detroit and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. Be sure to check our NFL hub and stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates.

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Lions Vs. Saints, NFL Playoffs 2012: Watch Live Online

For those unable to find a television for Saturday night's NFC Wild Card matchup between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints, there's good news: NBCSports.com and NFL.com will be streaming the game live online for free. The decision to put the games on the web for the first time ever comes as a major relief to hamstrung football fans

For those stuck with only a capable mobile device, Saturday's game can also be found on the NFL Mobile app for Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, the game cannot be found on other carriers by legal means. Saturday's game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET in New Orleans. Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels will call the game for NBC.

For more on Saturday's game, head over to Lions blog Pride Of Detroit and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. Be sure to check our NFL hub and stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Lions Have The Firepower To Beat Saints

The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints will meet on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC for the first NFC Wild Card game on the 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. The Saints are heavy favorites but don't count out the Lions just yet. Pride of Detroit, SB Nation's Lions blog, knows the Lions have enough firepower to keep up with the Saints if everything falls into place just right.

We asked Pride of Detroit to tell us why the Lions will win and also why they'll lose.

Why the Lions will win: The Lions will win because they have Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Few teams in the league have the talent to win a shootout with the Saints, but the Lions have enough firepower on offense to do just that. On defense, the Lions should be helped this time around by Ndamukong Suh, Louis Delmas, Lawrence Jackson and several other players who were out the first time the Lions played the Saints this season (Detroit lost 31-17), giving them a much better chance to hang with New Orleans' explosive offense.

Why the Lions will lose: The Lions will lose because they don't have a strong enough secondary to contain Drew Brees. Although injuries have been an issue lately and the return of Delmas will make a big difference, it's tough to look past what Matt Flynn did to the Lions in Week 17. The secondary has been very inconsistent as of late, and if Brees gets into another groove, it could be a long night for the Lions.

Check out SB Nation's NFL playoffs picks. Here is the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Saints Over Lions, According To Most Experts

The New Orleans Saints will host the Detroit Lions at the Superdome on Saturday night for the NFC Wild Card game and they're expected by nearly everyone to win the game. The Saints are nearly unstoppable at home which is why the majority of picks are on the Saints.

We asked our Saints blog, Canal Street Chronicles, why the Saints will win the game, and also why they'll lose:

Why the Saints will win: The Saints are the hottest team in the league right now, winning their last eight straight games. They're also a perfect 8-0 this season at home in the Dome. With Drew Brees playing like a man on fire and the defense starting to hit their stride, the Detroit Lions will have an incredibly difficult time trying to take down the Saints on their own turf in primtetime.

Why the Saints will lose: I really think the only way any opponent can take down the Saints is to absolutely dominate on defense at the line of scrimmage and to beat the ever-loving crap out of Drew Brees. Early, often and until the end.

Check out SB Nation's NFL playoffs picks. Here is the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Lions Vs. Saints, NFL Playoffs 2012: Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels To Call Late Game on NBC

The Detroit Lions will take on the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday Night in the prime time game of the day. Both of the Wild Card matchups on Saturday are on NBC, but the Lions and the Saints will get the "A-team" for NBC, with Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels with Michele Tafoya on the sidelines giving updates.

Collinsworth, Michaels, and Tafoya are the standard NBC Sunday Night football crew, so it's only natural that they would handle the evening game. The game will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET in New Orleans and will be aired nationally on NBC. The game will also be live streamed on-line at NBC.com.



Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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NFC Wild Card 2012, Lions Vs. Saints: Detroit Looks To Limit Penalties In Rematch

The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions are set to meet on Saturday in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, and it will be their second meeting this season. In the first match up, despite posting nearly identical numbers on the stat sheet, the Saints bested the Lions on the scoreboard 31-17 however. SB Nation's Lions blog Pride of Detroit points out a key statistic in the reason for the Saints victory, penalties.

The Saints had 338 yards passing and 100 rushing; the Lions had 379 passing, 87 rushing. The Saints averaged 7.2 a play, Lions 6.8. The biggest difference was penalties. The Lions had 11 for 107 yards, while the Saints only had three for 30.

That big of a swing in penalties is huge, especially when penalties wind up giving teams new life on drives and handing players like quarterback Drew Brees first downs. The Lions developed a reputation this season as being a "dirty" team, taking on the torch that the Oakland Raiders used to carry in regards to penalties. If the Lions want to knock out the Saints, they'll need to limit the mental mistakes and the penalties.

Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Lions Vs. Saints, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Two of the more explosive passing offenses in the NFL this season will be on display when the NFC South Champion New Orleans Saints host the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 8pm ET on Saturday night.

NBC will have the broadcast with Al Michael and Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Michele Tafoya on the sidelines. That same broadcast crew called the Saints' 31-17 win over the Lions in the same venue on December 4. Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns in that win, which came when the Lions were playing without cornerback Chris Houston and free safety Louis Delmas, 50 percent of their starting secondary. Houston and Delmas remain on the Lions' injury report, but both are "Probable" for Saturday night's game.

Pride of Detroit notes that the Lions offense fared well against the Saints defense, with Matthew Stafford throwing for 408 yards and a touchdown. Stafford's 408 yards had been the second-most in his short career until he obliterated that with a 520-yard passing performance last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. To put that number in context, Stafford had just 535 yards passing in three games during an injury-shortened 2010 season.

Dave Cariello of Canal Street Chronicles writes the Saints defense is better than you may think.

Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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