There were no punts by the New Orleans Saints, but there was a swift kick on their way out of Detroit.
The year was 2008, and the Lions were one loss away from the inevitable — the only 0-16 season in NFL history. The Saints had just humiliated them, 42-7, a game in which New Orleans never punted. Still, Coach Sean Payton awarded punter Glenn Pakulak a game ball.
There was a hint of legitimacy buried in the hubris; Pakulak was from the Detroit area. But it was also a playful parting shot by a team that was 11 of 11 on third down before taking a clock-killing knee in the fourth quarter.
Six years later, the situation is strikingly different for the Saints and Lions,...