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10 crazy facts and figures from Eagles-Saints history

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Did you know that a former Eagle set an NFL record for passing yards by a quarterback in his first NFL start?

Did you know that another Eagle is the only player with three lifetime interception returns against the Saints?

And did you know that it's been 17 years since a quarterback other than Drew Brees has beaten the Eagles?

All that and more in our Eagles-Saints historical factoids top-10 list! 

The greatest fourth quarter ever

In their 1992 playoff game at the Superdome, the Eagles outscored the Saints 26-0 in the fourth quarter. That remains the most fourth-quarter points in NFL postseason history, and their 26-point scoring margin is also the largest ever in an NFL postseason fourth quarter. It’s also the Eagles’ largest fourth-quarter scoring margin in any regular-season or postseason game.

Following in Max Hall's footsteps

Jalen Hurts will be the second QB to make his first career start against the Saints this year. Kendall Hinton of the Broncos, a practice squad wide receiver, was 1 for 9 for 13 yards with two INTs and a 0.0 passer rating in the Saints’ 31-3 win over the Broncos last month.

But three of the last four real QBs to make their first career start against the Saints won — Max Hall of the Cards in 2010, Robert Griffin III of Washington in 2012 and Kyle Allen of Carolina in 2018. It was the only career win for Hall.

An NFL record for Kevin Kolb

The only Eagles QB to make his first career start against the Saints was Kevin Kolb in Week 2 of 2009. He completed 31 of 51 passes for 391 yards with TD passes to DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant in a game the Saints won 48-22 at the Linc. 

 

At the time, the 391 yards was the most passing yards in NFL history by a QB in his first start. Cam Newton threw for 422 yards two years later against the Cards.

Jaws lights up the Saints

The highest passer rating ever by an Eagles QB against the Saints was Ron Jaworski’s 130.1 at the Superdome in 1980. Jaws was 21 for 32 for 323 yards with three TDs and no INTs. It was Jaws’ highest passer rating ever in a road game.

Get Woodeshick the rock

In 32 games against the Saints, the Eagles have had only seven 100-yard rushers and have never had anybody with more than 122 rushing yards in a game. Tom Woodeshick ran for 122 in the Eagles’ 29-17 win over the Saints at Franklin Field in 1968.

Mamula and Clyde

The only Eagles defensive ends with a multiple-sack game against the Saints are Clyde Simmons in 1993 and Mike Mamula in 1995. 

New guy each time

Jalen Hurts will be the seventh starting quarterback to face the Saints in their last seven games against the Saints, following Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz.

Taysom Hill will be the first Saints quarterback other than Drew Brees to face the Eagles since Aaron Brooks in 2003. Brees has started the last nine, winning seven. The last Saints QB other than Brees to beat the Eagles was Bobby Hebert in 1991 (although he got benched in the second quarter for Steve Walsh after getting picked off by Rich Miano and Andre Waters).

Brodrick Bunkley was a Saint?

There are only seven players who’ve played at least 32 games for both the Eagles and Saints: Malcolm Jenkins (96 Eagles, 83 Saints), Darren Howard (64 Eagles, 81 Saints), Eric Allen (110 Eagles, 48 Saints), Darren Sproles (61 Eagles, 44 Saints), Brodrick Bunkley (76 Eagles, 38 Saints), Hollis Thomas (126 Eagles, 36 Saints) and Mark Simoneau (46 Eagles, 32 Saints). Russell Gary, Elois Grooms and Mark Royals didn’t make the cut. 

Eric Allen is the man

The Eagles have three interception return TDs in franchise history against the Saints and all three were by Eric Allen. In the 1992 playoff game, Allen picked off Hebert in that 26-point fourth quarter and returned it 18 yards for a TD. And in a 37-26 Eagles win late in the 1993 season Allen picked off Walsh twice, returning the INTs 33 yards in the third quarter and 25 yards in the fourth quarter for touchdowns. Allen is the only player ever with three INT return TDs vs. the Saint.

Playoff domination

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Saints 17-15, but they’re 2-7 in the last nine, including playoff games after the 2006, 2013 and 2018 seasons. No team has beaten the Eagles more in the playoffs. The Saints and Cowboys are the only teams to beat the Eagles in three straight playoff games. The Cowboys did it from 1992 through 2009. Brees is the only QB to beat the Eagles three times in the postseason.

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