Baggage be gone: Saints boot Eagles for first road playoff win

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
New Orleans Saints' defensive end Cameron Jordan sacks Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles in the Saints' 26-24 NFC Wildcard Playoff victory on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field.  
COURTESY PHOTOS/New Orleans Saints

PHILADELPHIA - Recently acquired kicker Shayne Graham booted the sixth-seeded New Orleans Saints into the divisional round of the playoffs with a 32-yard field goal as time expired in a 26-24 win over the Eagles on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

It was the Saints' first road playoff win in franchise history. New Orleans (12-5) will take on the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks (13-3) Saturday at 3:35 p.m. in a divisional playoff game.

"I'm not interested in the franchise's history," Saints' coach Sean Payton said. "If that were the case, we would be carrying a lot of baggage with us. Our job is to win and our job is to be consistent and successful whether we play at home or on the road."

The kick was Graham's fourth field goal of the game and running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson turned in strong efforts. Ingram finished with 18 carries for 97 yards and a 4-yard touchdown run while Robinson had eight carries for 45 yards

Darren Sproles gave the Saints great field position on the final drive with a 39-yard kickoff return while carrying the ball four times for 29 yards and catching four passes for 31 yards.

After a tough first half in which he threw two interceptions, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 20-of-30 passes for 250 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to Lance Moore.

The Saints' defense held Philadelphia (10-7) in check most of the night and the Nick Foles-led attack only managed 256 total yards of offense.

Foles was 23-of-33 for 195 yards and two touchdowns while LeSean McCoy rushed the ball 21 times for 77 yards and a TD. Receiver DeSean Jackson had three receptions for 53 yards.

The defense had to make do without two of its top defenders - cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Pars Haralson - who both left the game with injuries and didn't return. Cameron Jordan led the team with 1.5 sacks and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks shared a sack with Jordan.