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January 5, 2014

Saints edge Eagles 26-24 in NFC wild card game

Graham's game-winning field goal gives New Orleans first road playoff victory

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PHILADELPHIA —

“We know what we’re all about,” he said. “This was a great testament to that. Coming on the road, hostile environment, great team, one of the hottest teams in football and getting one of those big victories.”
Two teams with prolific offenses couldn’t get on track for much of the wild-card game. 
Graham’s 46-yarder as the first half ended made it 7-6 as everyone wondered where all the offensive fireworks went. The teams combined for an average of 816.7 yards and 53.5 points per game during the regular season.
When Riley Cooper, who earlier scored Philadelphia’s first touchdown, had a huge drop in the third quarter, the Saints immediately made Philly pay. A 66-yard drive highlighted by Benjamin Watson’s 27-yard reception led to Ingram’s TD from the 4 for a 20-7 lead.
That’s when the Eagles finally made a dynamic play with the ball, DeSean Jackson’s leaping 40-yard catch over Corey White. NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy scored from the 1 on fourth down to make things close.
Jackson helped make it closer with a 29-yard punt return that set up Alex Henery’s 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, cutting the Saints’ lead to 20-17.
Another 40-yard completion, from Brees to seldom-used Robert Meachem, led to Graham’s 35-yard field goal, setting up the frantic finish.
Jackson was the central figure in setting up Ertz’s go-ahead score, drawing a 40-yard pass interference call on the beleaguered White. But Brees then guided the winning drive.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
 

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