After jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead, and being only a few yards from making it at least a three-TD lead, the Saints weathered a two-turnover, 10-straight-Eagles-points run at the start of the third quarter, and held on for a 28-13 win to get to 3-5 on the season after an 0-4 start.
The defense gave up more than 400 yards for the 8th consecutive game (a record!), but they sacked Michael Vick seven times, picked him off once (for a 99-yard TD by Patrick Robinson), and stopped the Eagles five times in the red zone. THAT'S WINNING!
On the other side of the ball, Drew Brees was efficient, but not as prolific as he has been, and he found Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham for passing scores while the running game hit for 140 yards on a 5.6 yard per carry average.
But what I was most impressed with was that they didn't fold when things started going the Eagles' way early in the second half. Here's hoping this represents that start of a new run for the Saints.
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Eagles vs Saints coverage
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