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Saints Beat Eagles 28-13: Postgame Links, Transcripts, and Videos

This is your one-stop shop for all the postgame coverage of the New Orleans Saints' 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football yesterday.

Drew Brees salutes the fans after beating the Eagles 28-13.
Drew Brees salutes the fans after beating the Eagles 28-13.
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Philadelphia Eagles 13 New Orleans Saints 28 |
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Philadelphia Eagles 13, New Orleans Saints 28 |
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New Orleans Saints Defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13, on Monday Night Football |
Brees goes 21-27 for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Saints handle struggling Eagles, 28-13 |
Drew Brees threw for 239 yards and a pair of scores on Monday night, as the New Orleans Saints held off the sputtering Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints play complete game, pound Philadelphia Eagles 28-13 |
Larry Holder - Patrick Robinson's 99-yard interception return for TD turns game in Saints favor.

New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Postgame Notes |
QB Drew Brees extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 51.

Saints vs Eagles Photo Gallery |
Michael C. Hebert

Eagles @ Saints Photos |
Gallery: PREGAME

Eagles @ Saints Photos |


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints find their swagger again in classic prime-time performance: First take |
Mike Triplett - Saints were aggressive on offense and defense in 28-13 victory over Philadelphia Eagles.

New Orleans Saints tailback debate remains unsettled after Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram both break out |
Saints columnist Mike Triplett offers 10 more observations from the Saints' 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

New Orleans Saints find run game in win over Philadelphia Eagles | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - A bad break unwittingly provided a helping hand to a broken down New Orleans Saints running game Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Saints utilize depth at running back | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - With running back Darren Sproles out with a broken left hand, the New Orleans Saints were forced to go deep into their stable of halfbacks for Monday night’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Saints defend the dome, hold on to beat Eagles 28-13 |
Bradley Handwerger - Heading into Monday night, it was hard to tell whether New Orleans or Philadelphia was the more embattled team.

New Orleans Saints, fans have fun in 28-13 romp over Philadelphia Eagles |
Jeff Duncan - Team puts Sean Payton distraction aside for a night.

Handwerger: Far from perfect but enough to build on, Saints defense comes through |
There was no grand speech. No giant gesture. Nothing to signify that times and effort needed to change. Saints first-year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo did none of that.

Time to hit the sack | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Statistically, the beleaguered New Orleans Saints defense couldn’t possibly slip any lower in the NFL rankings going into Monday night’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patrick Robinson, Saints defense make big plays | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - Rumors of Patrick Robinson’s demotion, it seems, were premature.

Saints - Eagles game recap: How the Saints won the game
James Varney - Defensive line applied great pressure, finished with seven sacks.

Saints-Eagles game recap: Did you see? |
James Varney - The Eagles get big gains early against the Saints.

Saints-Eagles game recap: Did you also see? |
James Varney - The Saints' running backs break out against Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick's struggles continued against Saints |
Terrance Harris - Vick was sacked seven times and the Eagles offense was 0 for 5 in the red zone.

Drew Brees doesn't need a 300-yard night to keep moving up in record books |
Katherine Terrell - Wide receiver Marques Colston moves into No. 2 for touchdowns in franchise history.

For the New Orleans Saints defense, there's good news and bad news from the record books |
Katherine Terrell - Saints are still on pace to allow the most yards in NFL history.

New Orleans Saints are at their best on 'Monday Night Football' |
Katherine Terrell - Saints now have an eight-game win streak on Monday Night football.

Game balls for the New Orleans Saints victory over the Philadelphia Eagles |
James O'Byrne - On the eve of the national election, the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles was considered a tossup between two struggling -- some would say reeling -- teams.

New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the offense |
Doug Tatum - Three fleur de lis out of four.

New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the defense |
Doug Tatum - Three fleur de lis out of four.

New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the special teams |
Doug Tatum - 1.5 fleur de lis out of four.

New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the coaching |
Doug Tatum - Three fleur de lis out of four.

New Orleans Saints players caught off guard by news of Sean Payton's contract status |
Nakia Hogan - Brees 'absolutely' believes Payton will return to Saints.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 28, Eagles 13 - NFL Nation Blog |
Ashley Fox - Some quick thoughts on New Orleans Saints' 28-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football."

Halftime thoughts on Saints and Eagles - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - There’s a very strange game going on in New Orleans and I’m not just saying that because the Saints, who have struggled most of the season, are leading the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-3, at halftime.

Saints Sack Eagles 28-13 |
Andrew Juge - For once this season the Saints got an incredibly impressive team effort that resulted in a much deserved 28-13 win.


Gleason Goes To Hospital But Is OK/Gleason Gras

Former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason taken to hospital from Saints game on Monday Night |
Katherine Terrell - Gleason currently "alert and resting" at hospital.

Gleason transported to hospital; alert and responsive |
Bradley Handwerger - The New Orleans Saints have announced that Steve Gleason was taken to the hospital from the Superdome during the Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hundreds raise money for ALS research at Gleason Gras |
Monica Hernandez - (Includes video.) Despite rain Sunday, hundreds came to Champions Square for the second annual Gleason Gras, aimed at raising awareness and money for ALS through Team Gleason.


Eagle-Eye View

Saints take advantage of free-falling Eagles |
Les Bowen - Anything can happen now.

Eagles-Saints Report Card |
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Saints.

Eagles-Saints Up-Down Drill |
Jeff McLane - The highs and many lows from the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday night.

Paul Domowitch: Saints run over Eagles' defense
You knew Drew Brees was going to be a problem for the Eagles' defense Monday night.

Michael Vick and Brent Celek share blame on pick six |
Jeff McLans and Zach Berman - Here are some observations and ruminations about the Eagles-Saints game.

Eagles' Sims just one of the poor tacklers |
Frank Seravalli - Wandering around the Superdome turf like a well-hydrated straggler on Bourbon Street, Eagles safety David Sims' first professional performance at the position on Monday night perfectly encapsulated the Eagles' Bayou Beatdown.

Eagles Notes: Eagles tackle Todd Herremans leaves game with injury |
Zach Berman - Todd Herremans left Monday night's game against the Saints in the second quarter with an injury in the area of his right ankle.

Vick is uninspiring and unlucky in loss |
Bob Ford - Michael Vick said this would be the week he regained his "swag" on the football field, and found the brashness, not to mention the production, that had been missing from his game.

Vick's brother: Trade Mike |
THE EAGLES' offensive-line struggles have been well documented this season.

Decision to fire Castillo a "miscalculation" |
It may sound like an obvious statement after the last two games, but the Eagles' decision to fire Juan Castillo over the bye week was labeled as a "miscalculation" by one of the team's decision-makers following a 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday night.

That song you hear is the Eagles' funeral dirge |
Marcus Hayes - When the Saints scored a touchdown, which was often, the 77,099 bopped and bobbed en masse to the funkiest celebration song in the history of the NFL.

Inside the Eagles: Poor draft decisions on lines weakened Eagles |
Jeff McLane - If you want to find the source for the Eagles' below-par play on both lines, start with the draft - or start with the men who run the draft.

Rich Hofmann: When would a quarterback change make sense for Eagles? |
We watched the sideline at the start of the second half for any clues. Michael Vick warmed up, Nick Foles warmed up, and it all seemed the same as always.

Missed Chances In Red Zone Costly |
Dave Spadaro - On the verge of scoring a touchdown and taking a lead early on Monday night against the Saints, the Eagles made the kind of mistake that has plagued them for two years now, and one that turned the game against New Orleans around in a hurry.

Specials Teams Inches From Big Play |
Bo Wulf - That it was the absolutely perfect play call only makes the heartbreak of Brandon Boykin's illegal forward pass hurt more.

Eagles vs. Saints Photo Gallery |


Postgame Quotes



"The offense got the running game going. I was proud of our football team to be able to be improve on some things we really worked on and emphasized this week. Make no mistake, we've got a long way to go. We've got to tackle better defensively, and we'll continue to work on that. The red zone defense, the pressure ... was very encouraging.

"Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) and our players have worked very, very hard from day one. This is a credit to their work ethics and the way they've stuck together.

"Offensively, we were able to get this running game going. We shuffled our backs in and out. We made plays down the field when we had to. I thought our offensive line, for the most part, protected well against a Philadelphia Eagles defensive line that is known for penetration and pressure."

(on the running game) "I think we had some set plays that we felt good about. We went back to doing some of the things we've always done around here by formation, people and shuffling our backs in and out. I thought the offensive line did a good job with their pad level. We tried to keep them off balance with our cadence. We have a lot of work of do, but certainly it was encouraging."

"We take one game at a time. We had some improvement tonight, which was encouraging. (I'm) happy and proud of the coaching staff and our players for their work habits, commitment and togetherness, but we start all over again tomorrow with our next opponent. We'll see. It's a work in progress. I've said this a million times - every week takes on a life of its own. We've got to worry about matchups, who's healthy and who's dinged and the opponent you're playing. We're going to go back to work tonight - we've got a short week - and get ready for our next opponent, Atlanta."

(on Patrick Robinson's interception) "That was a big play. That was a 14-point swing - the seven we got and the seven they didn't. We've made plays before in the red zone, we work awful hard in the red zone and coaches prepare our players to play well in the red zone. I think our players are really starting to get some confidence in the way Spags wants this defense to be played in the red zone. It was great."

(on pass rush) "I thought we had a good rush plan all week long. Michael (Vick) has taken some big hits this year. I don't know that his escapability, maybe because of some of the hits he took, was as good as it was four or five years ago. We had a good rush plan. We kept our people fresh. We had a good week of practice. When you prepare well, it gives you a chance to compete well."

(on use of timeouts) "I have a long way to go. I've need to get better. We were able to take some time outs in the first half to get the ball back to the offense - I think there was 43 seconds left. We took some shots down the field and it didn't work out, but at least we put the offense in a position to get some points. I think the game kind of dictated there wasn't going to be a lot of critical time management down the stretch. I've got to get better everyday."

(on Chris Ivory) "Chris is a powerful back. He runs with a good pad level. He's one of those unique backs that can make the first guy miss or he can run over him. He's grown as a back. He's more secure in the offense. Obviously, we trust him as a back; we like Chris. It was exciting to see him run well."

(on the report about Sean Payton's contract) "I haven't seen the report or heard the report. I've heard the people, second-hand, tell the report to me. Seventy-five percent of things that are reported aren't true anyway, so I don't want to have any comment. This team loves Sean, and Sean loves this team. This city loves Sean, and Sean loves this city. I think that's a tough combination to beat."

(on allowing 400 total yards) "I don't understand about total yards. Points against, red zone defense, turnovers and pressure on the quarterback (are the statistics that matter most). We were able to get that accomplished. I am fully aware that they had some big plays called back. That's the fun of coaching - to try to improve and get better every week. Total yards - those are stats. When we won the Super Bowl, we were 26th in the league in total defense. We forced turnovers, gave good field position to the offense. Stats are what they are."

(on offensive tempo) "It was something that was an emphasis this week. Our offense works very hard on tempo. We were better this week. Our guys are professionals. When you tell them what a key to victory is, they work hard on it and it carried over into the game. We had good tempo. We were in and out, up and down, on and off. Personnel groupings were on and off the field. The tempo in and out of the huddle, the motions, the shifts, we got better. We got a long way to go."

(on red zone defense) "If you hold them out, the advantage is to the defense. If they score, the advantage is to the offense. We held them out, so I would think that advantage won."


"I thought the tempo was good. I thought the balance was good. I thought we made some plays in both the run and pass game, really sustained drives, great on third down, good when we got in the red zone. Today was very efficient. We really didn't run that many plays, surprisingly. I think it was 52 plays, which is kind of on the low side for us, but that's because their offense was doing a good job of handling the football. Our defense did a phenomenal job of keeping them out of the end zone and getting two key turnovers at critical times."

"I actually believe they'll be back, but I think I know as much about it as you do.

(on offensive line) "I trust those guys with my life, literally. They did a phenomenal job today, both in the run game and the pass game. At times, we had to hold up for a long time to let routes work down the field, and they allowed that to happen. We were able to make a few big plays. A lot of credit goes to the O-line tonight."

"Tonight was fun. When you're moving the ball offensively, when you're scoring points, when you're rallying around your defense when they make a big play - that interception return, almost 100 yards, that's a 14-point swing. That's a huge, huge play in the game, especially at the start of the game, when you're trying to build some confidence and get rolling, that's a great way to do it."

(on running backs) "Those guys did a great job. When given the opportunity, they made the most of it. We've got a stable of backs - a good problem to have. A lot of guys, the ball can only get touched so many times. You try to find ways to balance it out among all the guys we have on offense. In the end, we've got a great group of guys and there's no selfish guys. Everybody knows their opportunities will come. Everybody knows that on any given Sunday, any given game, we're going to feed it to the hot hand. There's times when one of those guys is going to get 15-20 carries a game, other games it might be another guy catching the ball 15 times like (Darren) Sproles did this year. They never know, but they know to be ready."

(on goals) "Let's see if we can win eight straight to finish the season. That'd be a good goal. Obviously, the position we're in right now, it's never more important than one foot in front of the other, one game at a time and just thinking about the next opponent on a short week. Atlanta comes in here undefeated, a very good football team, a divisional rival. This would be a huge victory for us and a great way to continue this run."

(on Pierre Thomas) "He's the most tenured guy in that room as far as being with the Saints. Pierre's been here a long time. Pierre's traveled the hard road, too. Pierre came in as an undrafted free agent, really had no chance of making the team when we came in and yet he'd always show up and we knew what to expect out of him. He grinded it out on special teams and before you know it, he started the last game of that '07 season (at Chicago) and rushed for 100 (yards) and had over 100 receiving as well. He established himself through hard work and perseverance as a mainstay in that backfield. Chris Ivory has a chance to do that. Travaris Cadet has a chance to do that. They're both undrafted free agents as well. Having a model like that, the way Pierre conducts himself as a pro and the road he's traveled."

(on Jimmy Graham) "I don't want to embarrass him, but I love Jimmy and trust him completely. He's the big man, he's the matchup. (There's) never a time where I feel like he's not going to make the play for us, for the team, to keep the drive going, catch a ball in the end zone, make the big play, whatever it is. I love his fire, passion and drive. He's young, so we've got to keep him humble and keep him thinking about getting better each day. I love having him on my team."

(on defensive performance) "That was huge. The most important stat at the end of the day is points. A lot of things happen in between that - there's yards, there's third-down conversions, there's red-zone efficiency, turnovers and all that. In the end, it doesn't matter if they put up 500 yards of offense, if you can take it away twice, you can return one for a touchdown, you can keep them out of the end zone when they're inside the 10-yard line after we fumble a kickoff. The defense came up with some big plays tonight, huge plays. Hold a team to 13 points, we're going to win a lot of games.

(on this team) "We got the right type of guys. We're really a veteran group. Every year, it's about coming together and finding your identity. You need some good things to happen to build confidence. There's these defining moments throughout a season - big plays, big wins, team efforts, individual play, whatever it might be that kind of brings you together and lets you see a vision of what you can be, what you can accomplish. Here we are at the midway point. It's gone by fast. We've played well at times. I feel like it hasn't always been as consistent as we would like, but with the exception of last week in Denver, I truly believe we've gotten a little bit better each week, culminating in this victory tonight. This was a great team win. Offensively, I felt like we were very efficient with the opportunities we were given. Defense came up with some huge plays against a very explosive Eagles offense. This is the type of momentum we want going into the second half of the season."


(on the play of the defensive line) "We saw earlier in the week on film that they were giving up a lot of sacks and letting Michael Vick get hit a lot. We're glad that the defensive line got together and capitalized on that. It's all about the defensive line getting after it."

(on his sack-forced fumble) "I liked it. We just seized the opportunities that were presented to us."


(on if the defense played with more intensity tonight) "I think so. The sense of urgency is high. We're climbing up a mountain and we've got to keep fighting. We know we didn't play well last week, so we wanted to come out and have a better performance."

(on the pass rush) "We think we had a good pass rush on the defensive line. The problem is we never got into a situation the last couple of weeks to really rush the passer. We gave up a lot of yards rushing and teams were able to control us. Today, they got a couple of big runs here and there, but we were able to contain them."


(on the running game) "In the beginning, I told the guys that we needed to set the tone. We knew going into the game that we were going to use Mark (Ingram) and Chris (Ivory) a lot tonight. I told them that it was going to start with them. I told them to set the tone early and the team will rally behind that. I told them to go out there and run hard."

(on tonight's performance giving the running game confidence) "It will give us a lot of confidence. It shows us that we can run the ball no matter what. We can run the ball as a group. We just have to go out there and establish it. The offensive line did a heck of a job of opening up holes. The receivers did a great job of blocking down field. We all came together and worked as a team. Everything out there was smooth."


(on the red zone defense) "I thought we gave up some big plays, but we played together once we got to the red zone. We played fast. We held them to field goals or no points. It was great from a momentum standpoint. We played well tonight in the red zone and have been playing better there the last couple of weeks."


(on his play tonight) "I definitely think tonight was a step forward for me. I've been trying to get off this ankle for three or four weeks now. I finally got push tonight. I've been rehabbing it every day. I'm going to keep taking those steps forward. We've got Atlanta next week on a short week, so I've got to get in the treatment room and get ready for next week."



"There are several problems to the game when you are 0-5 in the red zone, you have seven sacks and your tackling is terrible, you are going to struggle to win football games in this league. As coaches and as players, we obviously have to do a better job and that starts with me."

(on the tackling of the defense not improving with new personnel) "Well, we have to tackle. That is what you have to do. When you are put in the position to tackle, you have to get the guy down. We have to analyze if the guys are in the position to make the tackle or are they out of position? When you are put in the position to make the tackle, that's what you do."

(on the first interception) "The ball got tipped. I thought there was a fairly aggressive play on the tight end, it was questionable, but you have to make the plays. I felt like he was restricted a bit to get to the ball."

(at 3-5, what can you do as a head coach to get back in it) "You stick with your fundamentals, your basics and you keep practicing. Practice harder. You correct the mistakes. These are correctable mistakes. We have to do better than that."

(on the same mistakes not being corrected week in and week out) "In the red zone, those are not the same mistakes. We are not scoring there and you have to make sure that you score there. With the tackling, we've had a couple weeks here where we haven't been tackling well and we need to make sure that we get back to doing that better."

(on if he is concerned his players are not responding right now) "If I saw they weren't playing hard, I'd question it, but I think they played hard."

(on the offensive line struggling) "The guys need to keep working at it and get better. With some of those sacks you can look at coverage, and with some you can look at play calling, but we have to do better. The bottom line is we have to block the guys and do a better job."


"We are out there, fighting as hard as we can, giving it everything we got. I love each and every guy in that locker room. And if I could make every play right I would. And I know they would do the same."

"We had so many opportunities in the red zone and we just didn't capitalize. And that's tough. We worked on the red zone all week and when you get down there you've got to score points."

(on interception return for TD by Saints) "No, that wasn't an audible. It was an all out blitz by them and I actually thought we were going to get a holding call. But we didn't get the holding call and it was a tipped ball and it turned out to be a turnover in the red zone, and that's not good."

"It's very frustrating. We are coming out and playing games against teams we have opportunities to win (against). But when you get that chance everything has to come together. You have to be dead on and capitalize and you can't miss. You almost have to be perfect on every drive. It's very frustrating but you have to keep pushing forward."

"I am out there as a competitor trying to win. And I know I can do a better job in getting the ball out quicker. As the quarterback of this football team I take full responsibility. And you have to take advantage of every opportunity, and that means scoring points. Especially in this league, playing against a player like Drew Brees; he's one of the best players in the league."

"We try and go out and play every game for all of us - as players and for our coaches. As an organization we are not thinking about the situation at hand. When you step out on that field you are playing for one another. It's difficult at times but you've got to keep the course. It is what it is. We've got to keep our heads up high. We've just got to get wins. I care about this football team, and when you don't get wins its going to be rough. But to turn things around we have to win."

"I don't think it's too late, even at 3-5. We've just got to get better in all phases of the game. We've got to get better on offense, on defense, on special teams. We've got to block better, tackle better - everything you guys saw out there we've got to do better."


"I don't care what other people say because I'm a Coach (Andy) Reid guy. I love Coach Reid to death and I'm behind him 100 percent. We've just got to work through this - as a team and in practice. And whatever happens upstairs is way out of our control. All we can control is what's going on the field. And that means we have to play a lot better."

"We just didn't get it done in the red zone tonight. We had those two turnovers in the third quarter to make it a one possession game. But we just didn't convert. And you can't do that - especially playing in another team's stadium, in front of a hostile crowd."


"I just feel bad for the entire team: our quarterback, coach - everybody. If I had the answer about how to fix how we're playing, we would have won tonight."

"There were a lot of small things that added up out there that caused us to lose. Yes we were running the ball great, but then we got into the red zone and couldn't score. I know what you guys are asking. But it's not all Coach Reid's fault. All he (Reid) can do is put us in the right position to make the plays. And then it's up to us to execute the plays and compete. Right now we're just not getting it done."


(on 77-yard touchdown catch) "They actually blitzed on that play, and Michael (Vick) threw it up there and let me catch it on the run. And that freed me up a little bit to make a play. And it was a big play for us at the time."

"It's really frustrating to gain 400 plus yards and lose by the score we did. I mean if we gain that much we should score at least 30 points. There are a lot of things going on, but we aren't pointing fingers at anyone. We've just got to find a way to get through this. All I can do is keep the energy up, working hard in practice and trying to convince everyone to keep fighting."

"Our team is too talented to play like this. And we can't keep sitting around worrying about changes. It all starts this week in practice. We're having great practices and preparing the right way, but it's just not translating onto the field."


V-Roll Roll Call

Video: Saints vs. Eagles Highlights |
NFL Network highlights package.

Video: Joe Vitt's Postgame Press Conference |
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt speaks with reporters after the Saints-Eagles game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Video: Drew Brees' Postgame Press Conference |
QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after the Saints-Eagles game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Video: Jimmy Graham Postgame Press Conference |
TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after the Saints-Eagles game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Saints-Eagles Videos |

This page includes Drew Brees and Pierre Thomas interviews, as well as breakdowns from Triplett and Holder. I couldn't get any of them to play, so instead of embedding vids that don't work, I provided the link to the main video page in case they get the issue resolved later today.