The Eagles’ struggles on offense without Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson continued as they fell to the Saints 20-10 on New Year’s Day at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles now must beat the New York Giants in Week 18 to secure the NFC East division title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Saints extended their win streak to three games in an effort to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Saints vs. Eagles Match highlights
The Eagles’ offense struggled to get going, and they were unable to get a first down until just before halftime. The Saints, on the other hand, had a strong start with a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession of the game. The drive was highlighted by the use of direct snaps to Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara, which kept the Eagles defense guessing. The Eagles did have a spark of life after a 78-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to A.J. Brown late in the third quarter, which cut the Saints’ lead to 13-10. However, a fourth-quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Marshon Lattimore sealed the win for the Saints.
Saints vs. Eagles Key players
Gardner Minshew threw for 274 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles, while Miles Sanders gained 61 yards on the ground. A.J. Brown had four catches for 97 yards and the touchdown, and DeVonta Smith led the way with nine catches for 115 yards. For the Saints, Taysom Hill threw for 24 yards and rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown, and Alvin Kamara gained 74 yards on the ground and 7 receiving. Wide receiver Rashid Shaheed led the Saints with 79 receiving yards on six receptions.
Saints vs. Eagles Strategy and tactics
The Saints used a mix of direct snaps to Hill and Kamara, as well as a strong running game featuring Kamara, to keep the Eagles defense off-balance. The Eagles’ offense struggled without Hurts and Johnson, and Minshew was sacked six times in the game. The Eagles’ defense recorded seven sacks, with Brandon Graham and Haason Reddick each notching two. Include quotes from players and coaches about the match, such as their thoughts on the game’s outcome and key moments.
Stats and figures
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- Eagles: 274 passing yards, 61 rushing yards, 18 first downs
- Saints: 204 passing yards, 128 rushing yards, 20 first downs
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Recap of the final score – Review the final score and any notable takeaways from the match, such as the Eagles’ need to beat the Giants in Week 18 to secure the NFC East division title.