Reactions to Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints game

Connor Muldowney
The Detroit News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) reacts after fumbling the ball and the Saints recovered in the first half on Sunday.

Here are reactions to notable moments during Sunday's Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints game, compiled by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.

A late comeback effort fell short as the Lions were downed by the Saints 52-38 on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.

The Lions (3-3) got off to a slow start, falling behind 45-10 after a number of turnovers batted balls by the Saints’ defense. Matt Stafford was getting crushed by the Saints’ pass rush from the get-go, but he fought through nagging injuries to lead a comeback effort.

In fact, the Lions pulled within seven, 45-38, before another Stafford interception which was tipped and caught by the Saints (3-3) for a touchdown essentially sealed the game.

Stafford finished with 312 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

The Lions will have a bye in Week 7 before hosting the Steelers on Monday night in Week 8.

Another fluke Matt Stafford interception led to a first down for the Saints going the other way. That essentially sealed the win for New Orleans.

Cameron Jordan did exactly what A'Shawn Robinson did for the Lions a few minutes earlier, picking off a Matt Stafford pass in the end zone for a Saints touchdown.

A'Shawn Robinson picked off a Drew Brees pass at the 1-yard line and walked into the end zone to make it a one-score lead. The fans were starting to feel the comeback.

Optimism was growing for a late comeback after Jamal Agnew returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown to pull within 14.

The Lions inched slightly closer with a touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Darren Fells. However, injuries to multiple players on the drive have forced backups into action at just about every position.

Marvin Jones Jr. caught an incredible one-handed touchdown pass, fighting through defensive pass interference.

Matt Stafford throws a pick-six and the Lions are down by five touchdowns.

Nothing seemed to be going right for the Lions as the Saints marched down the field for another score, 38-10.

Matt Prater missed a field goal from 56 yards out, which was a rare sight for fans.

The Lions' Darius Slay picked off Drew Brees on the Saints' first drive of the second half.

The Lions went for it on fourth down and goal and were stopped at the 1-yard line with seconds to go before halftime.

Mark Ingram added another rushing score to take a three-touchdown lead, 31-10.

Even with a 41-yard Matt Prater field goal to trim the Saints' lead to 24-10, Lions fans weren't happy.

The Saints took a commanding lead, 24-7, after a Mark Ingram touchdown.

Another takeaway for the Saints on a Matt Stafford mental lapse had fans searching for answers.

The Lions' defense allows a quick touchdown drive to give the Saints the lead right back, and fans weren't enthused.

Matt Stafford bounced back after taking an awful sack and fumbling in his own end zone. He found Golden Tate for a nifty catch and run and leap into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.

Matt Stafford was sacked in the end zone and fumbled after holding the ball too long. Kenny Vaccaro picked it up for a Saints touchdown.

Not a good way to start the game as the Lions were forced to start their first drive inside the 2-yard line after a strong punt and holding call.