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Saints quarterback Derek Carr (4) writhes in pain after being tackled and injured during the second half of New Orleans' 33-28 loss Sunday (Dec. 3) to the Detroit Lions.
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By James Meche - ESPN 103.7

Following a loss on the road to the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints returned home to the Caesars Superdome for a matchup with the Detroit Lions. The Black and Gold found themselves in a huge 21-point hole early. New Orleans battled back and made it a one-score game late but dropped to 5-7 in the 33-28 loss.


The Lions received the ball to begin the first and kept the ball on the ground with David Montgomery getting the ball on the first four plays. Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs got passed on Alontae Taylor for a rush of 36 yards following a roughing the passer call on Carl Granderson. Montgomery finished the opening drive with a stretch to the right for a two-yard touchdown.

Derek Carr and the Saints offense’s first possession of the game didn’t last long. Derek Carr rolled out right to dump it off tight end Juwan Johnson. The football bounced out of Johnson’s hands and got intercepted by Brian Branch.

Detroit started at the New Orleans 17-yard line and made it a 14-point game quickly. Quarterback Jared Goff connected with rookie Sam LaPorta over the middle for the 13-yard score.

Following a New Orleans three-and-out, the Lions had a second three-play drive that resulted in a touchdown. On 2nd & 10, LaPorta made a 29-yard catch, and Amon-Ra St. Brown ran past the entire Saints defense and found paydirt from 25 yards out. Detroit was up 21-0 with 8:15 left in the first quarter.

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