Trying to get their first-ever road playoff win, the New Orleans Saints started well defensively, holding the 2nd-ranked offense in the NFL to seven points in the first half.
After an injury to cornerback Keenan Lewis, the Saints defense allowed 17 points in the second half. Fortunately for New Orleans, the offense woke up and Shayne Graham's 32-yard field goal sealed a 26-24 victory.
The Turning Point
Keenan Lewis was injured while making a tackle early in the second half. From that point, the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to regain their explosive form on offense and scored on the next play.
The Saints running game was outstanding. For once, Sean Payton did not abandon the run when the team got into a fist fight.
Shayne Graham was perfect on all three field goal attempts, including the game-winner. He's still perfect on all kicks with the Saints.
Drew Brees threw two first half interceptions and looked every bit of the "Road-Drew" Saints fans all dread. Fortunately, he turned it around in the second half.
Eagles fans booed at every opportunity when a Saints player got injured. Stay classy, Philadelphia and see you next year.
Saints Offensive MVP
Mark Ingram had 18 carries for 97 yards and one touchdown. Who would have thought?
Drew Brees showed why he is a 100 million dollar man. He shook off a bad first half to play near flawlessly in the second half. His field goal winning drive was a thing of beauty.
Saints Defensive MVP
Before he got hurt, Keenan Lewis held Eagles receiver Desean Jackson to zero catches. ZERO!
Saints Who Starred
Saints Who Struggled
Roman Harper again, was vicitmized at times in coverage.
Crazy Stat of the Game
Well into the third quarter, Eagles wide receiver Desean Jackson had 0 catches for 0 yards
Tweet of the Game
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Trying to help some of the young guys understand these Philly accents, keep telling them "You Suck" translates to "Good Luck" <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WHODAT&src=hash">#WHODAT</a></p>— Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/statuses/419600129029844992">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Keenan Lewis left the game in the third quarter with an apparent concussion. His availability for the next game in Seattle is still to be determined.
New Orleans will play the Seattle Seahawks in a divisional playoff game next weekend at Century Link field
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