Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/7/12
OK, LET’S KNOCK OUT THE OBVIOUS:   Despite the New Orleans Saints (13-3) having a stellar 8-0 record at home this season, the Detroit Lions (10-6)are banking to show the world they’re not just a “one-and-done” wild card contender, but eventual Super Bowl opponent. Detroit has won every game since losing to New Orleans except their heartbreaking 45-41 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Day. Twenty years is a long time for a playoff win. But after losing 41-36 to the Seattle Seahawks in last year’s wild card game, the Saints believe 20 weeks – the time since they were beaten by Seattle – have been too long to go without the title of Super Bowl champions.   We know there will be a lot of yards passed by both Saints’ and Lions’ quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Stafford, respectively. Both of them average more than 300 passing yards per game and more than 10,000 yards have been thrown by the both of them.   We know Calvin Johnson is going to have a huge game – or shall we say
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