The Eagles rallied back from a 20-7 deficit in the third quarter and took a 24-23 lead with just 4:54 remaining. However, the Saints drove down the field and Shayne Graham's fourth field goal of the game - a 32-yarder - went through the uprights as time expired to give the Saints a 26-24 victory over the Eagles in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs.
With the ball at the Eagles' 48-yard line, Saints running back Khiry Robinson gained 22 yards on three carries to help set up the short field goal. The Eagles used their final timeout just after the two-minute warning and could only watch as Graham's field goal ended the first season with Chip Kelly as head coach.
The Saints entered the game without the services of their leading rusher Pierre Thomas, who was out with a chest injury. Typically a prolific passing attack, the Saints churned out 185 yards on the ground led by Mark Ingram, who had 97 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The Eagles, who were the NFL's top rushing team in the regular season, only gained 80 yards on the ground. NFL rushing champion
Quarterback Drew Brees completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 250 yards with a touchdown against two interceptions. In his playoff debut, quarterback Nick Foles completed 23-of-33 pass attempts for 195 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.0 quarterback rating.
The Eagles led 7-6 at halftime and had the ball to start the second half, but came out listless. The Saints took control as Brees connected with wide receiver Lance Moore for a 24-yard touchdown and Ingram punched the ball from 4 yards out for their second score of the quarter.
The spark for the Eagles came in the third quarter when Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis suffered a head injury as he broke up as pass intended for wide receiver
Sproles led the Saints receiver with four receptions for 31 yards. The Eagles contained All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham to three catches for 44 yards.
This playoff matchup featured two of the league’s most explosive offenses, but early in the game it was all about the defense. Linebacker
New Orleans responded to the Eagles' touchdown with an eight-play, 47-yard drive that ended with a 46-yard field goal by Graham as the first half expired cutting the Eagles' lead to 7-6.
The Saints got on the board first thanks to a Shayne Graham 36-yard field goal. The Eagles had briefly forced a third turnover when linebacker DeMeco Ryans knocked the ball out of tight end Jimmy Graham's hand as he reached for the first down at the Philadelphia 14-yard line. However, the replay showed that Graham's knee was already down, but the Eagles held the Saints to the three points.