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Game Recap: Saints Find Pass Rush, Ground Eagles 28-13

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In the must-win game of the week for both teams, the New Orleans Saints made more plays than the Eagles and came away with a 28-13 victory on Monday Night Football.

TUSK!!!! found his way to the end zone last night as the running game excelled last night.
TUSK!!!! found his way to the end zone last night as the running game excelled last night.
Chris Graythen

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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Team Stats


PHI
NO
First Downs 24
20
Total Yards 447
371
Passing Yards 226
231
Rushing Yards 221
140
Penalties (Yds) 7(58)
4(35)
Turnovers 2
2
Punts (AVG) 4(38)
3(43)
Time of Pos. 33:30
26:30

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 21/27 239 2 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
C. Ivory 10 48 1 22T
M. Ingram 7 44 0 23
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Graham 8 72 1 17
M. Colston 4 46 1 21
L. Moore 2 61 0 3

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Vick 22/41 272 1 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
L. McCoy 19 119 0 34
M. Vick 6 53 0 15
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Avant 6 56 0 13
B. Celek 5 47 0 14
D. Jackson 3 100 1 77T