Saints beat Eagles 26-24 for first ever road playoff win

Sean Payton (Source: New Orleans Saints/MGN Online)
Sean Payton (Source: New Orleans Saints/MGN Online)

PHILADELPHIA, PA (WAFB) - Saints kicker Shayne Graham connected on four field goals, the last as time expired, to lift New Orleans to a 26-24 win over the Eagles in one of the NFC wild-card playoff games. It was the team's first ever playoff win on the road.

Graham's final field goal was from 32 yards out. Graham also connected on field goals from 36 yards, 46 yards and 35 yards. He has made all six field goals he's attempted since joining the Saints late in the season after kicker Garrett Hartley was cut by the team.

"Obliviously, it was exceptional," head coach Sean Payton said of Graham's performance after the game. "He was fantastic."

The Saints defense held the league-leading rushing attack of the Eagles to only 80 yards. The Eagles averaged 160 yards per game on the ground coming into the matchup. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had 77 yards rushing and one touchdown on 21 carries.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees struggled early in the game, throwing two interceptions in the first half. He finished the game completing 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Lance Moore caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Brees in the third quarter.

The Saints (12-5) racked up 185 yards on the ground, with running back Mark Ingram leading the way on 18 carries for 97 yards and one touchdown. Running back Khiry Robinson helped to pick up some of the slack left by Pierre Thomas being out with a back injury. Evans finished with 45 yards on eight carries.

Brees completed passes to nine different players. Running back Darren Sproles had four catches for 31 yards, while tight end Jimmy Graham hauled in three receptions for 44 yards.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 23 of 33 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and later with tight end Zach Ertz from three yards out in the fourth. The Eagles finished the season 10-7.

Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Pars Haralson both left the game with injuries and did not return.

The Saints will next play at Seattle (13-3) to try to exact revenge after a 34-7 loss to the Seahawks in the regular season.

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