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Saints vs. Eagles Playoff Recap: Saints End Road Playoff Drought, Defeat Eagles 26-24

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For the first time in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints finally achieved a road playoff victory against the no. 3 seed Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night. It wasn't always pretty and the Saints offense continued to play less efficiently in a road game than they usually do at home, but a playoff victory is a playoff victory. Rob Ryan and the Saints defense deserve a lot of credit for limiting LeSean McCoy and other Eagles playmakers for most of the game. The Saints will now travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in the next round of the playoffs.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Front page of the T-P today. <a href="http://t.co/e3nSths2EI">pic.twitter.com/e3nSths2EI</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/419822846844862464">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Philadelphia Inquirer sports page front on Saints&#39; 26-24 win over the Eagles. <a href="http://t.co/N94hJaoxZx">pic.twitter.com/N94hJaoxZx</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/419801914612924416">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Who dat nation is truly amazing...plane touched down at 4:30a and the airport streets were flooded with fans. We do it for yall <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; David Hawthorne (@D_Hawthorne57) <a href="https://twitter.com/D_Hawthorne57/statuses/419790268154802176">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Finally drove home from the airport down <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> alley I&#39;m proud to be apart if this yrs team on towards this <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23quest4nyc&amp;src=hash">#quest4nyc</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/419785556436873216">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>4am and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> is out at the airport full force! <a href="http://t.co/h55HhcsDJY">http://t.co/h55HhcsDJY</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/419785445397233664">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So many fans out waiting when we arrived</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/419783435129851904">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> fans greeting the team at the airport - 4:40 am <a href="https://t.co/1EI7Mv518P">https://t.co/1EI7Mv518P</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/419780088776101888">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> Is out in full force at the airport..... At 4:37 AM.....&#10;&#10;Best fans ever</p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/419779874874593280">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> K Shayne Graham on last-second kick to vanquish Philly: &#39;I felt no fear or anxiety&#39; <a href="http://t.co/GggpOfbcyp">http://t.co/GggpOfbcyp</a></p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/419731351428800514">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hahaha! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/ericweems">@ericweems</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50">@CurtisLofton50</a> aye man next time you do an end game interview take that nelly bandaid off your eye</p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/419726628156375041">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Well. Me (great white shark) and my guy (baby rhino) the_dream99 folding foles... Thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="http://t.co/z1meSQAgCY">http://t.co/z1meSQAgCY</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/419725512798638080">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hush little baby don&#39;t say a word! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23night&amp;src=hash">#night</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23backtotheNO&amp;src=hash">#backtotheNO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23playoffs&amp;src=hash">#playoffs</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZY8vMixHKl">pic.twitter.com/ZY8vMixHKl</a></p>&mdash; akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_Dream99/statuses/419722121191780353">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Shayne Graham: &quot;This was probably one of the most comfortable feeling I&#39;ve ever had, probably in my whole career.&quot;</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/419717201864581120">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55">@sfujita55</a>: The <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> won and <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason">@TeamGleason</a> told a boner joke. Great night. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/419715072727195648">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> win!!!!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NuffSaid&amp;src=hash">#NuffSaid</a></p>&mdash; Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobinRoberts/statuses/419685567421378561">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Also got word that the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> will travel to Seattle on Thursday night.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncan_/statuses/419724877608660992">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I come home and my daughter is starting to call me bush you will address me as daddy lol</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/419835197421793280">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Headed to work lol no time for sleep</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/419829129916456960">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Keenan Lewis looked quite alert quickly after his injury. That means he has a shot at passing concussion tests for next week. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; JR Ella (@BornInBlues) <a href="https://twitter.com/BornInBlues/statuses/419711079418036226">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Enjoy winning with my team,another great complimentary win! Love bein apart of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodatnation&amp;src=hash">#whodatnation</a> no 24 hr rule time to look towards the seahawks</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/419710173016776704">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Man I love my team! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles/statuses/419709501202132992">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On busses Getting ready to FLY home. <a href="http://t.co/VNFq6jZ3z7">pic.twitter.com/VNFq6jZ3z7</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/419708473203769344">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Never quit believing!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/419707753247309824">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5">@GHartley5</a> Thanks bro!!</p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/419705905148858368">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>1 down, 3 to go....&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BeatTheSeahawks&amp;src=hash">#BeatTheSeahawks</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/419705115143335936">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Special Thanks to the folks <a href="https://twitter.com/Reebok">@Reebok</a> for a quick order on sweat suits! Also Foley Marketing in Harvey,for the Saint logos stitched in 24 hrs!</p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/419704119050653696">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> on your 1st <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> Playoff Road WIN! On to the next one! <a href="http://t.co/9STAmO0ykZ">pic.twitter.com/9STAmO0ykZ</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/419699697063038976">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Only teams happier than the saints.....49ers and packers knowing no seattle for them next week!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23carolinapanthersanyday&amp;src=hash">#carolinapanthersanyday</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/419698042371964928">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>2-point win by <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> is smallest margin of victory in a playoff game</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/419697083416064000">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saw Parys Haralson in a sling after the game. <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo">@MikeGarafolo</a> reporting he has a torn pectoral muscle.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/419694410130280448">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Live look-in at Philadelphia after the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Eagles&amp;src=hash">#Eagles</a> lost to the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>: <a href="http://t.co/tqKx0WSI1e">pic.twitter.com/tqKx0WSI1e</a></p>&mdash; NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) <a href="https://twitter.com/NOTSportsCenter/statuses/419690909974790144">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>These guys kno their football huh <a href="http://t.co/sSM9VLMKMv">pic.twitter.com/sSM9VLMKMv</a></p>&mdash; F O C U S E D (@GoHamma) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoHamma/statuses/419689280186105856">January 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints Get 26-24 Wildcard Round Playoff Victory Against the Eagles

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Publicly, the Saints have at all times taken the high road during the first season after Payton’s suspension.  Privately, the franchise surely took extra satisfaction in Saturday night’s win, especially since it was witnessed by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was sitting with the Eagles.

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Phil Sheridan and Mike Triplett break down the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win and a disappointing end to the Philadelphia Eagles' season.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Can't win a big game on the road? Can't win in the cold? Can't rely on the run game when it counts? Not this time. The New Orleans S

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With Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints are capable of winning anywhere, even Seattle, writes Ashley Fox.

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His Saints defense, the worst in league history last season, holds the high-powered Eagles to just 256 yards in a 26-24 victory.

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For years Philadelphia fans have earned the reputation of being boorish, crude and often crossing the lines when it comes to treating players and those cheering for the other side, And while the stories have been a bit overstated , they're not without some merit.

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From the Eagles' Nest

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The Birds get a C-minus for coming close; mark was dragged down by both lines' struggles.

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The Eagles had other problems - a dreadful run defense, Nick Foles' follies - but the game turned when Cooper couldn't make a play amid a New Orleans rally.

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It's rare for an NFL team to lose a close game in the playoffs and not hear members of the roster say afterward that they were actually the better team even if their opponents are the ones advancing to play another day.

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Transcripts

Sean Payton, Saints players talk about wild-card victory
They met with the media following 26-24 win in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles postgame quotes
Coach Chip Kelly, players talk about 26-24 defeat

Eagles Locker Room -- Defense

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Up Next - Seattle Seahawks

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When Shayne Graham kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Saints a 26-24 wild-card victory over the Eagles on Saturday night, it sent New Orleans back to Seattle for a divisional-round game against the Seahawks next Saturday.

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New Orleans' 26-24 wild-card win over the Philadelphia Eagles means the Seahawks will meet the Saints in the NFC's divisional-round on Saturday, Jan. 11 at CenturyLink Field.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "Proud of how we fought to the end"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton recaps the team's NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees: "An impressive team win tonight"
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees recaps the team's NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Shayne Graham talks about the game winner
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier talks with kicker Shayne Graham about his game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

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ESPN Video: Merril Hoge and Trent Dilfer break down the Saints; 26-24 win over the Eagles.

VIDEO: QB Nick Foles

VIDEO: Eagles Run 'D' Falters At Critical Time