It was definitely a team win for the Detroit Lions who beat the New Orleans Saints 24-23 on Sunday at Ford Field.
Here are five Lions who stood out:
1. Golden Tate had career highs with 10 catches and 154 receiving yards. His 73-yard touchdown is his second longest in his career. That touchdown was the catalyst that gave the Lions a chance to win late in the game.
2. Corey Fuller’s first-ever touchdown catch was the game winner. He said he had the easy part, but that took some work to get both feet down. He had just three catches but all were impressive for the second-year player who is getting more targets with Calvin Johnson out.
3. Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions, but he also threw two touchdown passes. That fourth-quarter game-winning drive was the 13th in his career. There was a time a few years ago he was briefly called The Comeback Kid. It was also his ninth game-winning drive with less than two minutes left. Also, he did complete 68 percent of his passes. Jim Caldwell’s goal is for Stafford to complete at least 62 percent in each game. In four of the five wins, Stafford has gone over the 62-percent mark.
4. Glover Quin’s interception, his third of the season, kept the Lions in it. This was no fluke. Caldwell said Quin’s football IQ is off the charts. His teammates talked about his preparation.
5. James Ihedigbo has proven what a solid free agent signing he was. He had the only sack of Drew Brees along with a fumble recovery and eight tackles. Dig hits hard and plays with such an intensity. He’s one solid reason the defense is rated No. 1 in the NFL.