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Saints vs. Eagles NFL Wild Card Playoffs Final Score: Saints Win 26-24

The New Orleans Saints were out today to prove that they could win on the road. Trailing 6-7 at the half, they rallied in the second half with 20 points and win 26-24 over the Philadelphia Eagles.


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 Good

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.


The Bad

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.


The Ugly

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

Keenan Lewis


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 &quot;You Suck&quot; translates to &quot;Good Luck&quot;&#10;<a href=";src=hash">#WHODAT</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Injury Update

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.


What's Next

New Orleans will play the Seattle Seahawks in a divisional playoff game next weekend at Century Link field


Final Stats

Team Stats

First Downs 26 17
Total Yards 434 256
Passing Yards 249 176
Rushing Yards 185 80
Penalties (Yds) 7(85) 4(38)
Turnovers 2 0
Punts (AVG) 3(25) 5(39)
Time of Pos. 34:53 25:07

Top Performers

D. Brees 20/30 250 1 2
M. Ingram 18 97 1 18
K. Robinson 8 45 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sproles 4 31 0 9
J. Graham 3 44 0 21
K. Stills 3 35 0 14

N. Foles 23/33 195 2 0
L. McCoy 21 77 1 11
N. Foles 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Cooper 6 68 1 22
J. Avant 5 21 0 6
L. McCoy 4 15 0 7