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.
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