(NEW ORELANS) — The Detroit Lions will battle the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy Saturday night in an NFC wild-card showdown.
It will be the first time in playoff history that a game is going to feature two quarterbacks, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, who tossed for 5,000 yards or more during the regular season.
“Obviously we know what’s at stake. We have a great opportunity, but at the same time we got to prepare like it’s any other game,” Stafford said. “We got to go out there and do our homework on these guys, get to know them as good as we can and really it’s going to come down to making plays on Saturday night.”
Detroit’s offense had a season to remember, setting team records for most points scored and total net yards. Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards and had a team-record 16 touchdown receptions. He became the first Lion since Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders to score 15 touchdowns or more in a season.
These two teams met in the regular season back in Week 13 in New Orleans, with the Saints defeating the Lions, 31-17. The rematch is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN