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LIONS’ 35-27 WIN OVER SAINTS POST GAME WRAP

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Detroit Lions’ 35-27 WIN over Saints on Monday, December 21, 2015.

MNF ROAD WIN
The Lions claimed a 35-27 win at New Orleans on Monday Night Football. The win was the Lions’ first road win on MNF since 1994 (at Dal, 20-17 OT win 9/19/94).

The road win was also the Lions’ first road win during a prime time game on any day since claiming a 28-14 win at Tampa Bay on Thursday, October 19, 2000.

Detroit’s 35 points scored at New Orleans set a new mark for the most points scored on the road on MNF and in any prime time game. The previous high on MNF was 28 points at the Los Angeles Rams December 14, 1970. In other prime time road games, the previous best was 30 points accomplished twice (at Min, 10/31/93; at Mia, 12/7/97).

RUSH DEFENSE
The Lions rush defense limited the Saints to 69 yards in the Lions 35-27 win over New Orleans. This is the sixth time this season that the Lions have held opponents to under 70 rushing yards (41 vs. Den 9/27; 47 at GB 11/15; 52 vs. Oak 11/22; 68 vs. Phi 11/26; 67 vs. GB 12/3). This year marks the seventh time since 1940 that the Lions have held opponents to under 70 rushing yards in at least six games during a season. Detroit has done this in each of the past three years (9 in 2013; 7 in 2014). The Lions have also held opponents to under 70 rushing yards in five out of the last six games.

RUSH OFFENSE
The Lions rushing offense churned up 150 yards on the ground in the team’s 35-27 win at New Orleans on MNF. The 150 rushing yards is a single-game high for the Lions in 2015.

Detroit has now rushed for 100+ yards in five consecutive games (109 vs. Oak 11/22; 108 vs. Phi 11/26; 101 vs. GB 12/3 and 111 at StL 12/13; 150 at NO 12/21). This is the Lions’ first five-game streak with 100+ rushing yards since October-November 2013.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
QB Matthew Stafford led the Lions to five touchdown drives and completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions’ 35-27 win at New Orleans on MNF. Stafford set a new team single-game record with a completion percentage of 88.0 pct. Stafford broke the previous single-game best set by QB Charlie Batch vs. Green Bay October 15, 1998 (16-of-19 for 83.2 pct.)

Stafford tallied a passer rating of 148.6, which set a new career single-game high. He broke his previous single-game best of 137.8 set this year on Thanksgiving vs. Philadelphia (11/26/15). This is the first time in his career that he has registered a passer rating of at least 130.0 twice in a season and he has accomplished both of these in the past four games.

Stafford’s 148.6 passer rating was the Lions’ seventh highest single-game rating since 1950 and the highest by a quarterback on the road.

In the first half at New Orleans, Stafford threw three touchdowns, including tosses of 1, 4 and 5 yards. It was Stafford’s fifth career game with three first-half touchdowns, and it was the second time this season he has accomplished this feat (vs. Phi, 11/26/15).

LS DON MUHLBACH
By playing at New Orleans, LS Don Muhlbach appeared in his 178th career game in the NFL, and he passed C Kevin Glover (177) for eighth on the Lions all-time career games played list.

WR CALVIN JOHNSON
On his 19-yard catch in the first quarter, WR Calvin Johnson reached 1,000 receiving yards for the seventh time in his nine-year career. Johnson also accomplished this for the sixth-straight season.

With seven career 1,000-yard seasons, Johnson has the most in team history. He also holds the team record for the most consecutive (6) 1,000-yard seasons. Johnson also recorded 1,000 yards in 2008 (1,331), 2010 (1,120), 2011 (1,681), 2012 (1,964), 2013 (1,492) and 2014 (1,077).

WR GOLDEN TATE
WR Golden Tate caught a game-high 6 passes for 45 yards and scored on touchdown receptions of 1 and 5 yards. With two touchdowns against the Saints, he registered 2+ touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. The last Lions player with 2+ touchdown receptions in consecutive games was WR Calvin Johnson in November 2013 (2 at Chi; 2 at Phi).

Tate now has six touchdown catches in 2015, marking the third time in his career (first with the Lions) that he has 5+ touchdown receptions in a season.

TE ERIC EBRON
TE Eric Ebron caught 4 passes for 79 yards in the Lions’ 35-27 win at New Orleans. Among his 79 yards included a 45-yard reception that ended the first quarter and helped set up the Lions’ second touchdown drive of the game. With a 55-yard reception earlier this year vs. Minnesota (10/25), Ebron became the first tight end in team history with two 45+-yard receptions in a single season.

RB THEO RIDDICK
RB Theo Riddick caught 2 passes for 27 yards in the Lions’ 35-27 win at New Orleans. Riddick’s 27 yards increased his season total to 605 yards. By surpassing 600 receiving yards, Riddick became the third running back in team history to record 600+ receiving yards in a season. He now trails RB Billy Sims (621 in 1980) and FB James Jones (662 in 1984) for the franchise record among running backs.

FB MICHAEL BURTON
FB Michael Burton caught a career-high two passes for 10 yards in the Lions’ 35-27 win at New Orleans on MNF. One of Burton’s receptions resulted in a 4-yard touchdown that gave the Lions a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. The touchdown was the first touchdown of the rookie fullback’s career.

Burton is the first Lions rookie fullback to score on a receiving touchdown since FB James Jones in 1983 (at Hou, 11/13/83).

RB AMEER ABDULLAH
RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 77 yards on 9 attempts and scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to open the second half. He had rushes for 21 and 27 yards in the game.

Along with his 77 rushing yards, Abdullah also caught 2 passes for 12 yards and returned four kickoffs for 123 yards (30.8 avg). In all, Abdullah totaled 212 all-purpose yards. On the year, he has 1,625 all-purpose yards and became the fourth rookie in team history and first since CB Terry Fair (1,617 in 1998) to record 1,600+ all-purpose yards as a rookie.

With 1,625 all-purpose yards, Abdullah trails RB Bill Sims (1,907 in 1980) and RB Barry Sanders (1,870 in 1989) for the most all-purpose yards gained as a rookie in franchise history.

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