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- Feb 1, 2004
- Reaction score
- Monroe, La
By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune
Considering the number of points and yards the New Orleans Saints accumulated in Sunday's 45-27 rout of Detroit it was easy to overlook their fine defensive effort.
National pundits superficially looked the box score and have been to quick to write off the Saints' new-look defense because of the number of points they allowed.
Fact is, the Saints offense and special teams gift-wrapped 17 of those points. The Lions scored a touchdown on a 65-yard fumble return by Louis Delmas. They set up another touchdown with a 43-yard punt return by Dennis Northcutt to the Saints 13-yard line and a field goal with Aaron Brown's 87-yard kickoff return to the Saints' 12. The Lions had to drive less than 20 yards to score those 17 points.
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