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Eagles vs. Saints score, takeaway: New Orleans prevents Philly from building home-field advantage in NFC

Eagles vs. Saints score, takeaway: New Orleans prevents Philly from building home-field advantage in NFC

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles will have one more chance to claim home field advantage in the NFC playoffs after coming up short in a 20-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. In what was arguably their worst offense of the season, the Eagles were unable to muster more than 10 points against a Saints defense with Jalen Hurts losing his second straight game.

Gardner Minshew sealed the Eagles’ fate by returning an interception 12 yards to Marshon Lattimore with 5:10 to play. The Eagles, trailing 13-10, had to drive 91 yards for the win, but the team’s first giveaway came at the worst possible time. Philadelphia never led in this one, going three-and-out on its first four possessions and allowing New Orleans to build a 13-point lead that the Eagles couldn’t overcome.

The Saints took the lead on a 15-play, 75-yard drive with 8:58 left on the clock to start the game, with Taysom Hill’s 1-yard touchdown run to put New Orleans up 7-0. Wil Lutz made field goals of 54 and 20 yards before halftime to extend the lead to 13-0. The Saints hung in there, stopping the Eagles on fourth-and-1 with Minshew’s fourth-quarter fumble and Lattimore’s fourth-quarter interception to hang on for the victory.

Philadelphia will need a win in Week 18 against the New York Giants, who clinched a playoff berth and the No. 6 seed on Sunday, for the NFC East crown and home-field advantage. New Orleans kept its shot at the NFC South alive with the win, but the Saints were eliminated from playoff contention by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Why the Saints won

New Orleans’ defense came into play against Philadelphia, holding the Eagles’ offense to a season-low 10 points and 313 yards in the loss. The defense kept the Eagles offense in check by pressuring Gardner Minshew, who was only pressured 12 times but had six sacks. Cameron Jordan had four pressures and three sacks in the win, taking advantage of an Eagles offensive line without Lane Johnson.

The offense built enough of an early lead to hold on in the end, and Marshon Lattimore sealed the victory on a Minshew interception in the fourth quarter. The Saints defense has allowed just 38 points over the last three quarters.

Why the Eagles lost

Philadelphia’s offense clearly misses Jalen Hurts, as the Eagles had just one offensive touchdown in the loss. Minshew was unable to convert a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak with 8:35 left and threw an interception return for a touchdown on the next possession to seal the win for New Orleans. The Eagles started their first four possessions with three-and-outs, an all-too-unusual feat for a football scoring offense heading into Week 17. They ran the ball just twice on those possessions and had just 21 yards when the Saints built a 13. 0 lead

The Eagles were outplayed all day, but still had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. Hurts will be back next week in a must-win game for home field advantage.

Turning point

The Eagles were at midfield with 8:35 left in the game at 13-10 and fourth-and-1 at 13-10. As the drive went, Philadelphia called Minshew’s number for a first-down quarterback sneak, but he didn’t convert. Jalen Hurts was 27 of 30 on quarterback sneaks this season, while Minshew was 1 of 2, including Sunday’s botched attempt.

Philadelphia didn’t have Hurts, but tried anyway. That shows how valuable he is to an offense.

the game

Marshon Lattimore’s interception of Gardner Minshew was all the Saints needed to steal the win in Philadelphia. With 5:31 left in the game at 13-10, Lattimore easily read Minshew’s misdirection to AJ Brown and scooped up the ball before it reached him – ending the Eagles’ chances.

Minshew has three crucial interceptions in the second half of his two games, all of which played a role in the losses. The Eagles were able to take the lead, running the ball 91 yards for a field goal with just over six minutes remaining as the possession began.

Quote

“We can’t expect the season to be peaches and cream all the time. Unfortunately, we’re put in this situation and we have to find a way to win next week.” — James Bradberry to CBS Sports on the Eagles’ recent woes.

Philadelphia hasn’t hit home field advantage in the past two weeks. The Eagles are still in control of their destiny, and need a win against the Giants — who have nothing to play for — next week.

the next

The Eagles (13-3) face the New York Giants in the regular season finale with a win needed to seal home field advantage. The Saints (7-9) finish their season against the Panthers.





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