Saints defeat Eagles on last second field goal
After a low scoring first half in the cold (but not the cold we expect today in Cincinnati and Green Bay), the Saints took a 20-7 lead in the third quarter. It took a while, but then the Eagles offense finally woke up, getting one touchdown back late in the third, then took a 24-23 lead with 4:54 to go. Darren Sproles broke a big return, and helped by a horse collar penalty, took the Saints to midfield. From there, they methodically moved down the field and chewed up clock. That set up a 32 yard field goal attempt with three seconds left by Shayne Graham, who had only recently joined the Saints. The kick sailed right through, and the New Orleans will move on.
For the Eagles, it's still a successful first season for Chip Kelly and Nick Foles, and until the inevitable Philadelphia self-destruction, it appears that they have a bright future. The Saints will move on to face the Seahawks, where they will look for revenge to a 34-7 beating they took at Whatever that Loud Field is Called Week 13, as well as the loss to a 7-9 Seattle team in the playoffs a few years ago. As a result of this game, the 49ers/Packers winner today will head to Carolina next week.