Matthew Stafford connected with Will Heller on a 10-yard touchdown and the Detroit Lions, making their first playoff appearance since 1999, jumped to a surprising 7-0 lead on the New Orleans Saints after the first quarter at a raucous Superdome on Saturday night.
Stafford quickly silenced the crowd with a 22-yard completion to Calvin Johnson on the second snap of the game. Then, on third-and-7 from the Saints 48, the quarterback made the first of four straight completions for double-digit yardage, connecting with Titus Young for 15 yards with the fans roaring again and the Saints blitzing. That was followed by an 11-yard completion to Young, a 12-yarder to Johnson and the scoring pass to the tight end, who sneaked off the line in the middle of the field and wasn't covered. Heller hauled in the pass at the 4 and got to the end zone before the defense could close in.
On the drive, Stafford completed all but one of his six throws for 70 yards.
New Orleans looked just as unstoppable ...