- One of the oddest games of the year. The Saints had a 45-10 lead in the 3rd quarter, only to have to hang on for the victory. The game saw four defensive TDs (three by Saints), a punt return TD, and the Saints defense tip 16 passes.
- After getting to a five-touchdown lead, the Saints offense played poorly from midway through the 3rd quarter to the end of the game. The play clock management was not good at all, and gave the Lions an opportunity to get back into the game.
- In the first half, however, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton showed a good run-pass mix; the plays were well practiced as the Saints were coming off a bye week. In the 2nd quarter, Payton ran back-to-back gadget plays successfully as they continued to use rookie RB Alvin Kamara in a variety of ways.
- With :19 left in the half and the Lions losing 31-10, the Lions chose to bypass an easy FG from the Saints 6-yard line. Instead, Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell chose to go for the 4th & goal from the six. The try failed, and as it turned out, the choice to bypass the points would affect the game in the 4th quarter as the Lions would have actually had an opportunity to take the lead. We see this trend frequently at HCR – head coaches that choose to pass up FGs and PAT points that later prove to be meaningful. This is particularly egregious when you’re the road team.