Eagles at Saints live: Score, highlights and analysis from NFL playoff game

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Eagles at Saints live: Score, highlights and analysis from NFL playoff game

7:45 p.m.: Brutal. 

For a split second, it felt like the Eagles were going to find some magic and pull it out. But that INT that went through Alshon Jeffery’s hands ended it. You gotta feel for that guy. The TV broadcast showed Doug Pederson making sure to console him. 

This is possibly it for Nick Foles in an Eagles uniform. He got off to a hot start, but missed some chances. The Eagles had a lead in this game and even had a chance to win at the end and couldn’t get it done. There are some big questions coming this offseason. 

Final: Saints 20, Eagles 14 

7:36 p.m.: Will Lutz missed a 52-yard field goal and the Eagles have life. There’s 2:58 left in the game. Eagles down six. 

7:15 p.m.: The Eagles’ defense held up to force a 39-yard field goal to cap a 62-yard field goal. 

There’s 10:28 left in the game and the Eagles are still alive. 

Saints 20, Eagles 14 

7:04 p.m.: The Eagles got a first down with a pass to Zach Ertz, but then were forced to punt. That’s bad news because their defense has to be gassed after that last drive. 

6:51 p.m.: The Eagles had a few chances to stop the Saints on their drive in the third quarter and couldn’t do it. It was a monster of a drive: 18 plays, 92 yards over 11:29. In yards, it was the longest drive the Eagles have given up in the playoffs since a 96-yarder to the Bucs in the NFC Championship game back in 2003. 

There’s 1:40 left in the third quarter and the Saints just took the lead for the first time. 

Saints 17, Eagles 14

6:11 p.m.: What a crazy first half. The Eagles are up after two quarters, but it kinda doesn’t feel like it. They scored the game’s first 14 points and could have gone up even bigger but an interception ruined that and then the Saints scored the final 10 points of the half. 

At half: Eagles 14, Saints 10 

The Eagles failed to capitalize on some big chances and made some key mistakes. They’ve also been injured in this game. Brandon Brooks left with what is reportedly a serious injury. Rasul Douglas (ankle) hasn’t been back in since his injury. Michael Bennett and Fletcher Cox both got hurt, but were able to return. Cox immediately made a play once he returned. 

The Eagles out-gained the Saints 199-194 in the first half. It’s close right now. 

After their hot start and then cool-off, the Eagles have to keep their foot on the pedal. They have to keep their aggressiveness. Should be a fun second half. 

5:43 p.m.: This game feel a lot different than it did 10 minutes ago. The Saints picked off Nick Foles and went 79 yards on 12 plays in 6:12. They scored on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The touchdown was a pass to Keith Kirkwood. The Saints targeted Josh Hawkins, who was added to the active roster in December. He’s in the game for Rasul Douglas (ankle). The momentum has completely shifted after Foles’ INT. The Eagles also keep getting hurt, which hasn’t helped. 

There’s 7:23 left in the first half: Eagles 14, Saints 7

5:28 p.m.: Nick Foles just threw an INT. He under threw Zach Ertz down the left sideline. This might give the Saints some life. There’s 13:35 left in the second quarter. 

5:22 p.m.: Yeah, this isn’t November anymore. The Eagles are playing great right now. 

After 1 quarter: Eagles 14, Saints 0 

The Eagles out-gained the Saints 153-17 in the first quarter. 

Nick Foles completed 8 of 9 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Drew Brees is 2 for 6 for 30 yards and a pick. 

5:09 p.m.: The Eagles are rolling right now. They just took a two-touchdown lead. Nick Foles picked up his first-career postseason rushing touchdown to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:14 off the clock. 

The Eagles lost RG Brandon Brooks on the drive, but still scored. The big play came on 3rd-and-7, when Foles hit Alshon Jeffery for 30 yards. 

Still in the first: Eagles 14, Saints 0

4:49 p.m.: Holy crap, what a start! Nick Foles hit Jordan Matthews for a 37-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead in the Superdome. 

The drive was seven plays for 76 yards and took 4:05. They scored first after that big LeBlanc INT. LeBlanc and Matthews weren’t even on the opening day roster. 

4:42 p.m.: The Saints tried to attack Cre’Von LeBlanc on the first play of the game. Big mistake. The young DB picked off Drew Bree’s. Huge play. 

4:39 p.m.: Eagles win the toss and defer. The Saints get the ball first. This place is rocking. 

4:01 p.m.: We are nearing the kickoff of this big NFC divisional round game. Here are a few scenes from pregame warmups. 

3:12 p.m.: The Eagles won’t have Sidney Jones or Mike Wallace today. Both are inactive. But special teamer D.J. Alexander (hamstring) will return. 

Here are the Eagles’ inactives: 

Carson Wentz (back) 
Sidney Jones (hamstring)
Mike Wallace (ankle)
Bruce Hector
Chance Warmack
Matt Pryor 
B.J. Bello 

2:41 p.m.: We’re about a half hour from the inactives announcement, but I wanted to show you guys this video from GMFB. Pretty cool chat between Steve Smith and the Eagles’ top three wideouts. 

1:16 p.m.: I have arrived to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Right now is the calm before the storm. In just a few hours, this place is going to be really loud. 

10:52 a.m.: Out and about in New Orleans last night I saw a few Eagles fans, but they’re not going to take over the Superdome. It’s going to be loud and the Eagles are going to have to rely on their silent count for communication. That silent count has been working pretty well for them. 

10:20 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! Is it 4:40 yet? This day is going to go pretty slow, but I’m in New Orleans and will be heading to the Superdome in just a few hours. 

The big news last night was that the Rams beat the Cowboys, so we know if the Eagles are able to pull off the upset today, they’ll be heading back to the LA Coliseum next week. 

But for now, this is the only stadium to worry about. 

Tune in to Eagles Pregame live on NBCSP+ at 3 p.m. and come back after the game for Eagles Postgame Live. 

Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

There were plenty of people surprised about Boston Scott’s breakout performance on Monday night against the Giants. 

Eagles defenders were not among them. 

After a year of trying to stop Scott in practice, they were aware of just how dangerous the 5-foot-6 running back can be. They weren’t even surprised about this devastating juke move Scott put on veteran corner Janoris Jenkins in the fourth quarter. 

Heck, it’s even happened to Rodney McLeod before. 

“Yeah,” McLeod said with a laugh. “Well, I don’t know about that bad. I gotta talk to Jenk about that one. But, yeah, he’s given me a move in the open field. He has a good change of direction ability and quick burst. Glad to see him making plays for us.”

In the 23-17 overtime win, Scott finished with 10 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and added six catches for 69 yards.   

His 128 yards from scrimmage are the most ever in a game for the Eagles from a guy formerly on their practice squad. 

Scott finally got a chance to shine in a game, but he’s been shining in practice for a while now. Eagles defenders seemed happy that this time it was against Jenkins and the Giants.  

“He does that to us,” Nate Gerry said. “He’s done that for the last year.” 

Scott was a sixth-round pick by New Orleans out of Louisiana Tech last year. He arrived to Philadelphia last December after the Eagles signed him off the Saints’ practice squad. He spent the remainder of last year on the roster, but didn’t really get a chance to play. 

This offseason, Scott had a good training camp but Darren Sproles returned, which basically bumped him to the practice squad. He stayed there until Oct. 11 and didn’t really get a chance to play much until Monday night. 

But Scott was impressive all summer and even earlier this year in practice. 

“He definitely has that switch,” linebacker T.J. Edwards said. “He has that burst that’s a little bit different from others. You definitely saw that on the field, that they weren’t expecting because they didn’t know who he was. But he was definitely a big factor.”

Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson said Eagles will find a role for Scott in the offense going forward. With four games left, Scott might be able to make an impact. 

Based on the reactions in the locker room since Scott’s breakout performance, he seems to be a favorite of his teammates. Scott is the prototypical hard-worker, gets in early, leaves late, just needed a chance. He finally got it and made the most of it. 

“It wasn’t a surprise for me at all,” McLeod said. “I’m just really glad he got his opportunity to get out there and showcase what he can do.”

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A record for Boston Scott and more in this week's Roob Stats!

A record for Boston Scott and more in this week's Roob Stats!

If you want Boston Scott stats, you know where to go. If you want Carson Wentz, second-half defense and Eagles-Giants all-time series stats, you know where to go. Most importantly, if you want stats on two-yard touchdowns — and who doesn't? — you know exactly where to go.

Right here.

One thing we've learned over the years: The stranger the game, the better the stats. And Monday night's Eagles-Giants game was really strange.

HOT START FOR WARD: Greg Ward’s 11 catches are most in Eagles history by an undrafted player in his first four games. The previous high was nine, by both Paul Turner in 2016 and Mike Siano of Springfield (Delco) in the 1987 strike replacement games.  

HISTORIC SECOND HALF: The Eagles only allowed 29 yards after halftime in their 23-17 overtime win over the Giants. The last time they allowed fewer yards after halftime was Sept. 23, 2001, when the Seahawks netted only 23 in the second half of a 27-3 Eagles win in Seattle.

LEAVING SHADY BEHIND: With 69 scrimmage yards Monday night, Miles Sanders increased his total for this year to 948, most ever by an Eagles rookie running back. LeSean McCoy had 945 in 2009. Sanders now needs just 61 yards to break the overall franchise rookie scrimmage record of 1,008, set in 2008 by DeSean Jackson.

AND STILL CHASING SHADY: With 45 rushing yards, Sanders increased his season total to 565, passing Billy Ray Barnes (529), Mike Hogan (561) and Bryce Brown (564) and moving into a tie with Po James for 4th-most ever by an Eagle rookie. He needs 13 to pass Keith Byars, 22 to pass Correll Buckhalter and 73 to pass McCoy.

1) Scott's 120 scrimmage yards after halftime Monday night are the most by an Eagles RB after halftime since Shady had 170 in the second half in the Snow Bowl against the Lions in 2013.
2) Scott’s 128 scrimmage yards are the most ever by an Eagle who had been on the practice squad.
3) Scott is only the 7th Eagles running back since 1991 to net at least 128 scrimmage yards on 16 or fewer touches. Herschel Walker, Brian Mitchell, Correll Buckhalter, Brian Westbrook, McCoy and Sproles also did it.

FINALLY GAINING THE ALL-TIME EDGE: The Giants won the first three Eagles-Giants games [in 1933 and 1934] and 17 of the first 20 meetings. As recently as 2008, the Giants led the series 80-66. Going into Monday night, the all-time series was tied 84-84-2. The Eagles now lead the all-time series for the first time ever.

1) This was Ertz’s 19th game with nine or more catches. The only tight ends in NFL history with more are Tony Gonzalez [25] and Jason Witten [21]. Gonzalez played 270 games, Witten has played 252, Ertz has played 104.
2) Ertz has 827 receiving yards. He needs to average 58 in last three games to become the 9th tight end in NFL history with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
3) By surpassing 800 yards on Monday night, Ertz became the first Eagle in history with five straight 800-yard seasons. Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Harold Carmichael have all had four straight. The only other tight ends with five straight 800-yard seasons are Gonzalez (7), Witten (7), Travis Kelce (6) and Greg Olsen (5).

ELITE COMPANY: Carson Wentz has 22 TD passes and 7 INTs. If he throws three or more TDs in the final three games and no more than three interceptions, he’ll become only the 4th QB in NFL history with three straight seasons of at least 25 TD passes and 10 or fewer interceptions. That’s only been achieved by Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION: With Alshon Jeffery’s season over at 490 receiving yards, Nelson Agholor stuck at 363 yards with a knee injury, Mack Hollins next with 125 yards and now on the Dolphins, there’s a real possibility the Eagles won’t have a wide receiver with 500 yards this year. The last time that happened was 1964, when their top wideout, Ray Poage, had 479 yards.

1) The Giants game was the first in franchise history in which the Eagles scored three 2-yard touchdowns.
2) Ertz became only the 5th player in NFL history and the first Eagle with two 2-yard touchdown catches in the same game.  
3) Ertz had more 2-yard touchdowns Monday [2] than he had in his previous 103 career games [1].

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