NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints in any case discovered their rhythm, they marched one step nearer to the Tremendous Bowl.

The use of a dominant ball-control offense and a couple of gambles that paid off, the Saints were given two landing passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling in the back of 14-Zero. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles’ go from the Saints 27 deflected off most often sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two mins closing. A pair dozen Saints gamers surged off the sideline towards the top zone in birthday celebration, whilst Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony.

“We have been actual calm and poised and we knew we have been going to get issues achieved,” Brees stated.

New Orleans (14-Three) will host the NFC identify sport subsequent week in opposition to the Rams (13-Four). Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 on the Superdome in November, will take a look at once more subsequent week, with the winner going to the Tremendous Bowl. The Saints’ win completed off a sweep of the divisional spherical by means of groups coming off byes.

Wil Lutz added two box targets for the Saints, who closing were given this a long way in 2009, once they gained the Tremendous Bowl.

Philadelphia (10-Eight) won’t repeat as NFL champion; no crew has achieved so for the reason that 2004 Patriots.

This was once truly two video games in a single. Philly scored on its first two drives because the Saints may do nearly not anything proper.

“Pay attention, they were given off to a quick get started, they are an ideal crew,” Brees stated. “Nick Foles has achieved a fantastic task for them. We knew it was once going to be other than closing time.”

After that opening duration, it was once all New Orleans, but the resilient Eagles stored it shut sufficient that once Lutz neglected a 52-yard box target with 2:58 closing, they have been most effective one-score in the back of.

Foles, the hero of closing yr’s Tremendous Bowl run, were given them in place for but some other past due profitable rating — similar to closing week at Chicago and closing February in opposition to New England for the championship.

Then, Jeffery could not take care of a second-down go, and it was once over.

“That is an ideal championship crew,” Saints trainer Sean Payton stated of the Eagles. “We remained assured.”

Brees had 2-yard landing passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and All-Professional wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for a franchise playoff-record 171 yards.

Thomas’ landing capped an 18-play, 92-yard pressure during which the Saints in reality lined greater than 100 yards on account of consequences. It lasted 11½ mins.

“What you noticed from him these days is what I see each day in follow,” Brees stated of Thomas. “He is a big-time participant who desires to be the man to make performs.”

Philadelphia had the ball for greater than 9 mins within the first quarter, and then the Eagles had the ball about 13 mins and not scored.

New Orleans, which routed Philadelphia 48-7 in November, gambled on its first play — and misplaced. Brees was once a little quick on a deep go to Ted Ginn Jr., and it was once picked off by means of Cre’Von LeBlanc, certainly one of a number of Eagles backups getting used within the secondary because of accidents all the way through the common season.

“I simply assume we needed to to find our rhythm,” Brees stated. “I attempted to take a shot at the first play. Sadly, that did not paintings.”

After the primary quarter, despite the fact that, so much labored for New Orleans.

Foles finished all 5 throws on a 76-yard pressure capped by means of Jordan Matthews’ 37-yard TD catch . The Eagles, who temporarily fell in the back of 17-Zero in that earlier Superdome loss, all at once led 7-Zero.

No longer lengthy after, a 75-yard pressure highlighted by means of a 30-yard go to Jeffery ended with Foles’ quick jump over the target line for a 14-Zero edge.

Certainly, the guests have been in management till Lattimore picked off Foles’ deep throw to Zach Ertz. The Saints confirmed quite a few moxie on their 79-yard march to a landing, faking a punt at their 30, with Taysom Hill operating Four yards for a primary down. Additionally they went on fourth-and-goal from the two, and Philadelphia’s all of a sudden depleting protection surrendered Kirkwood’s 2-yard landing.

With Brees discovering the variability and his receivers discovering a variety of room to roam, New Orleans crept to 14-10 at halftime on Lutz’s 45-yard box target.


Possibly the Saints have been rusty after their wild-card bye, however they were given two first downs, together with one by means of penalty, received 17 yards, and Brees threw an interception and had a fumble that was once recovered by means of teammate Ryan Ramczyk within the opening duration. In the meantime, Philly received 153 yards and scored two TDs, and Foles went Eight of nine for 113.

However Foles was once intercepted by means of Lattimore early in the second one quarter, and the Saints in any case were given going.


Brees, who turns 40 Tuesday, completed 28 for 38 in spite of the grim get started, throwing for 301 yards. Excluding Thomas, who was once focused 16 instances — he led the NFL with 125 catches — nobody stuck greater than 4 passes for New Orleans. Alvin Kamara had 4 for 35 yards and likewise rushed for 71 yards. Mark Ingram added 53 yards at the floor because the Saints outrushed the Eagles 137-49.

Foles was once 18 for 31 for 201 yards. Jeffery had 5 catches for a team-leading 63 yards ahead of the game-sealing drop.


In a span of 3 performs, two starters have been harm and had to be carted off.

First, Saints defensive take on Sheldon Rankins went down halfway within the first quarter, not able to place any weight on his left foot. Two performs later, Eagles proper guard Brandon Brooks harm his proper leg and departed.

Philly additionally misplaced DB Rasul Douglas in the second one quarter to an ankle damage, however he was once again in the second one part. DLs Fletcher Cox, an All-Professional, and Michael Bennett additionally have been sidelined from time to time ahead of returning. Within the fourth quarter, left take on Jason Peters left.


The Saints host the Rams within the early sport subsequent Sunday, with the winner going to the Tremendous Bowl.


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