NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Saints didn’t play a meaningful game in three weeks when they met up with the Eagles today. The rust showed early, falling behind by 14 points in the first quarter.
But the Saints defense tightened up, and the offense came alive, scoring 20 unanswered points. It was enough for the Saints to book a trip into the NFC Championship game, beating Philadelphia, 20-14.
This is the first time the Saints clinch an NFC title game berth since 2009, the only time they won a Super Bowl.
The Eagles were driving for the winner down 20-14, but Marshon Lattimore nabbed his second interception of the game to seal the win.
The comeback was fueled in the second quarter by the defense.
Marshon Lattimore intercepted his first Nick Foles pass to kill an Eagles drive.
Drew Brees capitalized on the turnover, connecting with Keith Kirkwood for a touchdown on 4th-and-goal.
The gutsy call by Coach Sean Payton brought the Saints back to life, splitting the Eagles lead, 14-7.
The Saints mounted an 18-play, 92-yard drive in the third quarter, ending with a Brees to Michael Thomas 2-yard touchdown. The connection gave the Saints their first lead lead of the game, 17-14.
Brees finished the contest going 28-of-38 passing, 301 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Things didn’t start smoothly for Brees and the Saints. No. 9 was intercepted by Cre’Von LeBlanc on a deep ball that was under thrown. The pick came on the first play from scrimmage.
That turnover would lead to a Foles-Jordan Matthews 37-yard touchdown. The connection staked the Eagles to a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles weren’t done in the first quarter. Foles found the end zone on a 1-yard TD. Philadelphia doubled the advantage to 14-0.