Lions and Saints swap late pick-sixes on the goal line

Monday, 16 Oct, 2017

The third-round rookie has 7 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns this season, but the majority of that production came in the first game of the season.

Wait a minute - the defensive scores did not stop there!

After the Saints again failed to pick up a first down, punter Thomas Morstead backed up the Lions at their 1-yard line.

The Lions suffered a 52-38 defeat at the hands of the Saints over the weekend. The punt team pinned the Lions at the 1, and on the Lions' second play of the possession, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan intercepted a pass in the end zone, extending the lead back to two touchdowns with 5:08 remaining. If the Saints could have survived two more quarters, they would have become the first National Football League team ever to go the first five games of the season without a turnover.

While Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, much of that production came during Detroit's desperation comeback attempt. Ingram ran the ball 25 times for 114 yards, including a season-long 51-yarder and his first two TDs of the season.

The Saints' defense swarmed Stafford in the first half, forcing two fumbles on sacks that led directly to touchdowns.

-The game's first score was a fumble recovery in the end zone by safety Kenny Vaccaro.

The Saints then went on to score on four consecutive possessions.

New Orleans' defense has been the bane of the team in recent seasons - historically bad, but Dennis Allen's unit looked like the real deal in the 52-38 win over Detroit. That was just the start for Ginn, who the Lions could not seem to tackle. Stafford is the leader of this team, and Detroit has a better chance of winning this game with him under center.

But it wasn't enough as poor offensive line play, a lack of defense and turnovers had done more damage than another fourth quarter comeback could fix. New Orleans should be ecstatic to be 3-2 through six weeks.