Drew Brees led a decisive fourth-quarter scoring drive. Tracy Porter made a game-sealing interception. A fourth-straight win helped New Orleans consolidate its NFC South Division lead.
For linebacker Scott Shanle, the Saints' latest win over Detroit on Sunday night, as well as the way they've played since the second half of the 2011 season began, has been reminiscent of New Orleans' Super Bowl run in 2009.
The winning streak has improved their record to 9-3, giving them a two-game lead in the NFC South while keeping them one game behind San Francisco for the second overall playoff seed in the conference.
Coach Sean Payton says his team has responded well to recent challenges, but still has areas on offense, defense and special teams where it can be more consistent.