Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes and Patrick Robinson scored on a 99-yard interception return as the New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia 28-13 at home, sending the Eagles to their fourth straight loss.
Chris Ivory also had a rushing touchdown for New Orleans last night at the Superdome as the Saints (3-5) won for the third time in their past four National Football League games. The Eagles fell to 3-5.
The Saints missed a field goal on their opening drive, yet took a 7-0 lead when Robinson intercepted a pass from Eagles quarterback Michael Vick at the New Orleans 1-yard line and raced the length of the field for a touchdown. While the pass went off the hands of Eagles tight end Brent Celek, it was the ninth interception of the season for Vick, who coach Andy Reid considered benching last week in favor of rookie Nick Foles.
After a field goal by Philadelphia’s Alex Henery, Ivory scored on a 22-yard run and Brees threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston to give the Saints a 21-3 halftime lead.
The Eagles pulled within 21-13 midway through the third quarter as Vick threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson and Henery added a 37-yard field goal. Brees threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the closing minutes of the third quarter to push the Saints’ lead back to 28-13.
Any chance for an Eagles comeback ended when Celek fumbled at the New Orleans 8-yard line with about three minutes remaining. It was the sixth time this season that Philadelphia has had a turnover within an opponent’s 20-yard line, the most in the NFL.
Brees completed 21-of-27 passes for 239 yards, while Vick connected on 22-of-41 attempts for 272 yards and was sacked seven times. Vick rushed for 53 yards and LeSean McCoy rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries for the Eagles.
To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.com