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Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Lions defeated the Saints 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


It hasn’t been pretty this season for the Lions, but a 5-2 record speaks for itself. The Lions reeled off 14 points in the final 3:38 of the game on Sunday to defeat the Saints. Matthew Stafford overcame two interceptions and finished with 299 passing yards and two touchdowns. Golden Tate, who has stepped up during the absence of Calvin Johnson, racked up an impressive 10 catches for 154 yards and a score. Meanwhile, the defense — ranked No. 1 in the league this year — struggled to contain the Saints offense for the first three quarters of the game, but safety Glover Quin came up with an interception in the clutch to seal the victory. The running game, or lack thereof, remains an area of concern for the Lions, however Johnson’s return from injury will provide the biggest boost that this team needs.