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Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates his touchdown on an interception late in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 52-38 loss in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reacts after throwing

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reacts after throwing a pick-six in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis commits a facemask penalty

Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis commits a facemask penalty on Saints running back Alvin Kamara in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Saints won, 52-38.  Bill Feig, AP
Saints DE Cameron Jordan hits Lions RB Theo Riddick,

Saints DE Cameron Jordan hits Lions RB Theo Riddick, causing him to lose the football and resulting in an interception late in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 52-38 loss in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints quarterback

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, after the Saints won, 52-38, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints coach Sean

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints coach Sean Payton shakes hands with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, after the Saints won, 52-38, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
A Detroit Lions fan attends the game against the New

A Detroit Lions fan attends the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
A New Orleans Saints fan cheers during the second half

A New Orleans Saints fan cheers during the second half of the game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Jim Caldwell reacts in the first half of the Lions'

Jim Caldwell reacts in the first half of the Lions’ 52-38 loss to the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Lions tight end Darren Fells catches a touchdown against

Lions tight end Darren Fells catches a touchdown against Saints safeties Marcus Williams (43) and Vonn Bell (48) in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions' Jamal Agnew returns a punt for a touchdown in

Lions’ Jamal Agnew returns a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Lions receiver Marvin Jones pulls in a one-handed touchdown

Lions receiver Marvin Jones pulls in a one-handed touchdown over Saints cornerback Ken Crawley in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions receiver Marvin Jones pulls in a one-handed touchdown

Lions receiver Marvin Jones pulls in a one-handed touchdown over Saints cornerback Ken Crawley in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints linebacker

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) tackles Lions running back Ameer Abdullah in the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) celebrates

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown with Ted Ginn (19) and Justin Hardee (34) in the second half against the Lions in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Lions receiver Jared Abbrederis tries to shake the

Lions receiver Jared Abbrederis tries to shake the tackle of the Saints’ Ken Crawley at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Wesley Hitt, Getty Images
Saints running back Alvin Kamara leaps over Lions cornerback

Saints running back Alvin Kamara leaps over Lions cornerback Darius Slay in the second half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Saints receiver Ted Ginn stiff-arms Lions cornerback

Saints receiver Ted Ginn stiff-arms Lions cornerback DJ Hayden in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions coach Jim Caldwell calls out from the sideline

Lions coach Jim Caldwell calls out from the sideline in the first half against the Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions cornerback DJ Hayden tackles Saints receiver

Lions cornerback DJ Hayden tackles Saints receiver Ted Ginn in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reacts after fumbling

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reacts after fumbling against the Saints in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions receiver Golden Tate runs for a touchdown past

Lions receiver Golden Tate runs for a touchdown past Saints safety Marcus Williams in the first quarter in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions receiver Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown

Lions receiver Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown in the first half against the Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Saints receiver Ted Ginn dives past Lions cornerback

Saints receiver Ted Ginn dives past Lions cornerback Darius Slay and reaches for the pylon for a touchdown reception in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Saints running back Mark Ingram scores a touchdown

Saints running back Mark Ingram scores a touchdown past Lions safety Glover Quin in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Bill Feig, AP
Saints' Alex Okafor gets past Greg Robinson (73) to

Saints’ Alex Okafor gets past Greg Robinson (73) to force a fumble on Matthew Stafford in the first quarter that was recovered for a Saints touchdown at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Matthew Stafford hands the ball to Ameer Abdullah during

Matthew Stafford hands the ball to Ameer Abdullah during the first half against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints running

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints running back Alvin Kamara tries to avoid Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel (69) in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports  Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints safety Kenny

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro recovers a fumble in the end zone against Lions running back Zach Zenner in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
Lions QB Matthew Stafford fumbles as he is hit by Saints

Lions QB Matthew Stafford fumbles as he is hit by Saints DE Alex Okafor, causing a fumble recovered in the end zone for a Saints touchdown in the first quarter in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.  Butch Dill, AP
Lions players link arms during the national anthem

Lions players link arms during the national anthem before the game against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans. Pictured are Jeff Locke (18), Theo Riddick (25), Graham Glasgow (60) and Emmett Cleary (77).  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Members of the New Orleans Saints, including QB Drew

Members of the New Orleans Saints, including QB Drew Brees (9), kneel for a moment of silence for fallen New Orleans Police officer Marcus McNeil before the game against the Lions in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The players then stood for the national anthem.  Gerald Herbert, AP
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints players,

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Saints players, including running back Mark Ingram (22), kneel before the national anthem before the game against the Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
Lions QB Matthew Stafford laughs while warming up after

Lions QB Matthew Stafford laughs while warming up after talking with Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi before the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2017 in New Orleans.  Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warms up before the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints

Oct 15, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports

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What the players and coaches said after the Lions lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, 52-38.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, on being 3-3: “We’ve had some good moments and some bad moments. I think we’ve been up and down. We got to work that out. We got to be trending in the right direction at all times and playing at a higher level, it’s myself included. I think we are banged up. We got to have guys find a way to get back healthy as soon as possible come and help us and go on from there. There is a lot to learn not only from this game, but the first five, and we will learn from that and go from there.”

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell, on run defense: “Any time that we allow a team to run consistently on us and run well, we are not happy about that. One of the things when we start (game-planning) is being able to stop a team on defense, in terms of the run. We weren’t able to do that consistently. Once things got turned down a little bit, we started playing better defense and started tackling better. We gave ourselves a chance.”

Lions punt return Jamal Agnew, on his touchdown: “It was cool. Whenever we get an opportunity like that, there is no doubt in my mind that we can score. Just because our punt return team works really hard. I think we have one of the best punt return units, as a whole, in the league, just because we have all 11 guys doing their job and eager to do their job. So whenever we get an opportunity there is no doubt in my mind that we can get some points.”

Agnew, on fielding the ball deep in Lions territory: “I just got to make a better decision. As a return if you have any doubt in your mind if you should catch it or not, you got to just let it go. I should have let that roll into the end zone. I got a little too excited. Great punter (Thomas Morstead). He hung that thing up there. A lot of credit to him, but I just got to make a better decision.”

Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, on his frustration: “Up and down. Roller coaster. I got to do a better job as a player and as a leader to keep my composure during the game”

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Saints coach Sean Payton, on the batted passes: “We knew Matt (Stafford) was going to be getting rid of the ball quick. They were banged up at the offensive line and, obviously, he was banged up. When you start getting that early passing game to avoid the pressure guys will look good.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, on this crazy game: “The first half was bang, bang, bang. Obviously, we come in at halftime at 31-10. We had the momentum as well because defense came up with a huge fourth down stop there at the one-yard line to prevent them from getting any points coming into halftime. Then (we) got a big stop, I think thee-and-out to start the third quarter. Offensively, we knew the type of game this was going to be in the second half. They’re a high-powered offense. We knew that they were going to kind of make a run at it. Unfortunately, there were certain things that couldn’t happen that ended up happening. We knew that we could not turn the ball over. We turned the ball over three times in the second quarter that cannot happen.”

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, on this game: “It was wild and we almost did everything that we could to let them back in it. I was proud of our defense because we still kept getting turnovers. Usually when you are up 45-10, you lay back a little bit and play more zone. We kept that aggressive mentality. Dennis Allen did a great job of calling the plays. We were able to create two to three more turnovers on the last few drives and it helped.”

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