Some takewaways from today’s comeback win:
– Golden Tate III stepped up
Tate finished with 10 receptions for 154 yards, including a huge 73-yard reception TD to bring the Lions back to 23-17. This was a crucial, crucial play, following the Saints’ field goal kick when momentum for the Lions had been killed. What a play. What a guy.
– Matthew Stafford can play patiently
Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards, which meant only 11 yards per reception average on the day. There were dinks and dunks, 12-play touchdown drives and efficient play-calling. Even the drive in the 4th quarter that ended in the pick was patient play by the Lions’ offense.
– This was a team win
The Lions gave up 408 yards, but won. Stafford threw 2 interceptions, but played well enough to be a crucial part of the win. The massive TD by Tate was followed shortly after by the massive pick by Glover Quinn (who had a stellar day). Corey Fuller’s touchdown catch was a brave play which could well cement him as the team’s 3rd best receiver.
– The Lions showed resilience
They never gave up. They started the second half 17-3 but put together a long touchdown drive soon after. They started the 4th quarter down 20-10 but put together an almost scoring drive soon after. They were down 23-10 with 5:24 left but 1:46 later were back within one score. They fought. They won.
– The defense stepped up when needed to
On the Saints’ final 5 drives, the Lions’ D only allowed two field goals and managed to pick Brees off to set up a crucial go-ahead score. DeAndre Levy was a machine again.