(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Win the 28-13 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Lions improved to 8-4 on the season and claimed the team’s seventh victory in the past eight games. This marks the best eight-game stretch in a season since 1995 when Detroit won the final seven games that year and finished with a 7-1 record over that series.
Detroit’s 15-point victory at New Orleans also represents the Lions’ largest win on the road since winning 31-14 at Jacksonville in November 2012. As well, the win was the Lions’ largest on the road against New Orleans since claiming a 27-10 win against the Saints in October 1990.
The Lions held the Saints to just 13 points on Sunday, extending their streak of holding opponents to 20 points or less to six-straight games. Under head coach Jim Coach Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the Lions have held opponents to 20 points or less in 25 of the team’s 44 games played since the beginning of the 2014 season.
Defensively, Detroit registered 3 interceptions in a game for the first time since grabbing three picks at Chicago in the 2015 season finale. The Lions did not allow a passing touchdown by the Saints in the win, snapping Saints QB Drew Brees’ NFL record 60-game streak with a touchdown pass at home.
The Lions defense also held the New Orleans Saints to 50 rushing yards, which marks the lowest single-game total allowed by the Lions this season and was the eighth time since 2014 that the Lions allowed 50 rushing yards or less in a game, which is tied with Denver and Seattle for the most such games over the past three seasons.
Kicker Matt Prater set a single-game career high with five successful field goal attempts, including field goals of 27, 29, 32, 27, and 52 yards. He finished the game 5-for-5. Prater became the first Lions kicker to make 5 field goals in a game since Jason Hanson went 5-for-5 against Green Bay in November 2003.
Prater made the 5 field goals as well as 1 point-after attempt to accumulated a single-game career high of 16 points. Previously, Prater scored 15 points vs Tennessee on December 8, 2013 and at Dallas on October 6, 2013 while with Denver.
QB Matthew Stafford completed 30-of-42 passes for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 111.3. Over the span of three drives in the first and second quarter, Stafford set a new franchise record by completing 13 consecutive pass attempts. He broke the previous record of 12 set by QB Jon Kitna in 2006.
With 341 passing yards against the Saints, Stafford surpassed 3,000 passing yards on the year. With a total of 3,224 yards through 12 games, he has now thrown for 3,000+ yards for the sixth-straight season.
Wide receiver Golden Tate provided offensive firepower in the Lions’ win by catching 8 passes for 145 yards and scoring on a 66-yard touchdown. The 66-yarder came with 11:38 to go in the fourth quarter on 3rd-and-10, just after the Saints scored a touchdown to narrow the score to 19-13.
Running back Theo Riddick scored on a one-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and set a new career single-season high for receiving touchdowns. Riddick has caught five touchdowns this season and surpassed his previous career high of 4, originally set in 2014.
Riddick is just the sixth Lions running back in team history to record 5+ receiving touchdowns in a single-season.
Safety Glover Quin helped guide the Lions pass defense in the win at New Orleans. Quin registered his second interception of the season with a remarkable pick along the Saints sideline midway through the third quarter. He now has 13 interceptions over the past three seasons and 16 since joining the Lions in 2013. His pick against the Saints was his 21st career interception.
In the game, Quin totaled five tackles, one interception and two pass defenses. This was his third career game with 5+ tackles, one interception and 2+ pass defenses.
The Lions will next face the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 11 at 1:00pm.