Saints Survive Philly to Advance in Playoffs


Veteran kicker Shayne Graham nailed a 32-yard field goal to push the No. 6 seed New Orleans Saints to a 26-24 win over the No. 3 seed Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild card round of the NFL playoffs on Jan. 4 at Philadelphia, Pa.

The Eagles came back in the third quarter after being down 20-7 and took a 24-23 lead with nearly four minutes left in the fourth quarter when second-year quarterback Nick Foles threw a three-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Zack Ertz.

But that was enough time for Saints quarterback Drew Brees to lead his team down the field into scoring range for the game-winning field goal by Graham.

It was Graham’s fourth successful field goal in the game. He had also made field goals from 36 yards, 46 yards and 35 yards out.

Brees struggled early, throwing two interceptions in the first half of the game, but eventually warmed up and completed his only touchdown pass of the game on a 24-yard strike to veteran receiver Lance Moore in the third quarter. Brees completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 250 yards. New Orleans, however, leaned on its running game as Saints running back Mark Ingram ran for 97 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Veteran running back Darren Sproles also ran for 29 yards on four carries for the Saints.

Foles was flawless in the loss. The second-year quarterback completed 23 of 33 passes for 195 yards and two touchdown passes and did not commit any turnovers.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

The loss eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs with a 10-7 record, while the Saints move up to 12-5 and will take on the No. 1 seed Seattle Seahawks (13-3) on Jan. 11 at 4:35 p.m. ET.

Saints Survive Philly to Advance in Playoffs

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