Saints win 45-28

It's final: New Orleans Saints beat the Detroit Lions 45-28.

Pierre Thomas' 1-yard run with 3:36 left upped the Saints' lead to 45-28.

Matt Stafford's 12-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left in the game, closed the Saints' lead over the Lions to 38-28.

Drew Brees' 56-yard touchdown pass to Robert Meacham upped the Saints' lead to 38-21 with 7:29 left.

Darren Sproles scored on a 17-yard touchdown run with 9:53 left in the game to up the Saints' lead over the Detroit Lions to 31-21.

Matt Stafford's 1-yard touchdown run closed the Saints' lead earlier to 24-21 with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

The Saints had upped their lead to 24-14 on a Brees 3-yard TD pass to Jimmy Graham with 4:03 left in the third quarter.

The Saints took the lead for the first time, 17-14, on Brees' 41-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson with 13:09 left in the third quarter.

The score was Detroit 14-10 coming into the second half of the NFC wild card clash.

Detroit had gained the lead over New Orleans with Calvin Johnson catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford with 9:18 left in the first half to make the score 14-7.

The Saints kicked a field goal at the end of the first half to up the score to 14-10 at halftime.

The Detroit Lions drew first blood Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Stafford's 10-yard touchdown pass to Will Hiller put the Lions up 7-0 with 10:58 left in the first quarter.

The Saints had tied it up on Darren Sproles' 2-yard touchdown with 14:01 left before halftime.

Sun Herald will update Saints coverage from the game as scores become available.