Halftime: Lions 14, Saints 10
January, 7, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
NEW ORLEANS — A few thoughts at halftime from the Superdome, with the Lions up 14-10:
- The New Orleans Saints averaged 42 points per home game during the regular season, so the Detroit Lions should be thrilled to have limited them to 10 in the first half Saturday night.
- Two turnovers might be the difference between the Lions' lead and a potential Saints lead. The Saints have driven into scoring possession on every possession. Marques Colston lost a fumble at the Lions' 18-yard line, and quarterback Drew Brees lost a fumble at the Lions' 37-yard line. The Lions weren't able to covert either touchdown into a score, but there is value in simply ending a Saints possession given how prolific their offense is.
- The teams have combined for 466 offensive yards, including 256 by the Saints. Brees has completed 17 of 21 passes, but the Lions' defensive line broke through a few times late in the second quarter to either rush throws or hit him. That contact will add up as the game moves to the second half.
- Despite the Saints' best efforts, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has gotten the ball five times to receiver Calvin Johnson. Included in those catches was a 13-yard touchdown, in which Johnson split a double team in the corner of the end zone.
- Remember, the Saints haven't lost at home this season. They'll get the ball to open the quarter. To maintain momentum for an upset, the first five minutes of the third quarter will be crucial for the Lions.
- The Lions played part of the second quarter without cornerback Chris Houston, and safety Louis Delmas also left the game briefly. Both were back for the final series of the half.
- OK, now back to our NFL Countdown Live chat.