Eagles Up-Down Drill
He went up-tempo early and often, but the Saints were ready. Kelly also wandered away from the run game perhaps a touch too early. LeSean McCoy wasn't getting free, but you need to feed arguably the NFL's best running back, something Kelly corrected early in the third quarter.
He held onto the ball way too long and took several unnecessary sacks. It's become an issue for Foles late in the season. But he also avoided any major mistakes and made some big-time throws when it counted.
He certainly wasn't the indoors Brees that lights up the scoreboard. The Saints quarterback tossed two first-half interceptions and was confounded by Bill Davis' zone defenses before the half. But he rebounded after the break and fired a 24-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore.
Eagles run 'D'
It had been the one area the Eagles defense could rely on. But the Saints, even though they were without starting running back Pierre Thomas, were effective on the ground.
The Eagles receiver was a nonfactor in the first half. He didn't register a catch and was only targeted once.
He was the best receiver on the field in the first half. Cooper caught three passes for 38 yards, including a leaping, 10-yard catch in the end zone. Foles threw it high, and Cooper skyed for the Eagles' first touchdown. He dropped an easy third-down pass in the third quarter.
The front five - Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, and Lane Johnson - gave Foles all kinds of time in the pocket for most of the game. Foles had nearly six seconds before he hit Cooper for a touchdown.
The little-used outside linebacker picked up the Eagles' first sack when he motored around left tackle Terron Armstead and dropped Brees just before the half. Trent Cole added another sack during the drive, and the Saints had to settle for a field goal.
The Eagles kicker had made nine straight field goals to end the regular season - three of the last four from 47 yards or longer - but he hooked a 48-yard try wide left in the second quarter.
Just when it seemed as if the Saints might take control late in the second quarter, the Eagles linebacker read Brees' eyes and intercepted the quarterback. Ryans has been the heart and soul of the defense all season and he came up with a huge stop there.
The Eagles outside linebacker has been a pass-batting machine all season. He knocked down a Brees toss before the half. Barwin also drew a holding penalty in the third quarter when he shot into the backfield.
- Jeff McLane