STREAK­ING LIONS KNOCK OFF SAINTS

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new or­leans» Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touch­downs, and the Lions beat the Saints 28-13 on Sun­day.

Golden Tate ex­ploited a cov­er­age break­down on third-and-long for a 66-yard touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter when De­troit was cling­ing to a six-point lead. The Lions, who have won seven of eight, dom­i­nated sta­tis­ti­cally, but four op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side the New Or­leans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, al­low­ing the Saints to stay close un­til the fourth quar­ter.

This time, how­ever, the Lions pulled away for their most com­fort­able vic­tory of the sea­son af­ter seven pre­vi­ous vic­tory mar­gins of one to seven points.

The Lions also be­came the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from com­plet­ing a touch­down pass, although tight end Coby Fleener had a pass bounce off his hands at the goal line. Brees fin­ished 31-of-44 for 326 yards and was in­ter­cepted three times.

SUN­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Andy Dal­ton threw a pair of touch­down passes and Cincin­nati fi­nally got its de­pleted of­fense mov­ing with­out re­ceiver A.J. Green, and the Bengals sent the Ea­gles to their most lop­sided loss of the sea­son, 32-14. Dal­ton had com­ple­tions of 50, 44, 29, 23 and 21 yards as the Bengals scored on each of their first six pos­ses­sions. … Car­son Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touch­downs, David John­son scored twice and the Car­di­nals held on to beat the Red­skins 31-23. The loss by the Red­skins clinched a play­off spot for the 11-1 Cow­boys. Palmer’s 25-yard touch­down pass to John­son with 11:09 to play put Ari­zona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the se­cond half. Af­ter a Wash­ing­ton field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard touch­down pass to J.J. Nel­son with 1:56 left gave the Car­di­nals a 31-23 lead. Wash­ing­ton drove to the Ari­zona 28-yard line be­fore Pa­trick Peter­son’s in­ter­cep­tion of Kirk Cousins’ pass with 41 sec­onds left sealed the vic­tory. … Jor­dan Howard ran for 117 yards and a career-high three touch­downs and the Bears handed San Fran­cisco its 11th straight loss, beat­ing the 49ers 26-6 in the snow. … Jameis Win­ston threw a goa­head, 12-yard touch­down pass to Cameron Brate mid­way through the fourth quar­ter and Keith Tandy in­ter­cepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buc­ca­neers their fourth straight vic­tory, 28-21 against the Charg­ers. Rivers had the Charg­ers on the move in the fi­nal min­utes be­fore Tandy got in front of a pass to Don­trelle In­man and picked it off. Tandy’s momentum car­ried him into the end zone, giv­ing the Bucs the ball on their 20. Then they ran out the clock. … Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touch­downs, and the Pack­ers pulled away from the Tex­ans with two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs for a 21-13 win to get back to .500. Brock Osweiler con­nected with DeAn­dre Hop­kins for a 44-yard touch­down pass with 1:51 left to get Hous­ton within eight. The Tex­ans had one last shot af­ter the Pack­ers failed to run out the clock. But Osweiler’s last-ditch, pass-and-lat­eral play from Hous­ton’s 12 with four sec­onds left failed. … Ben Roeth­lis­berger passed for 289 yards and two touch­downs, Le’Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of to­tal of­fense and the Steel­ers’ resur­gent de­fense ha­rassed Eli Man­ning into a flurry of mis­takes in a 24-14 win over the Gi­ants. An­to­nio Brown edged Odell Beckham Jr. in their per­sonal show­down, catch­ing six passes for 54 yards and an ac­ro­batic scor­ing grab at the back of the end zone. Man­ning com­pleted just 24-of-39 passes for 195 yards with two touch­downs and two picks in the red zone. … Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touch­downs in the first half, Tyler Lock­ett took a re­verse 75 yards for a score to open the se­cond half and the Sea­hawks routed the Pan­thers 40-7. An­other prime-time game in Seat­tle was clouded with odd story lines right from the out­set when Carolina quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was benched for the first play, only to watch backup Derek An­der­son throw an in­ter­cep­tion. It was the start of mis­er­able night for Carolina and a laugher that moved Seat­tle one step closer to the NFC West ti­tle. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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