Brees Shines as Saints Ground Stumbling Eagles
New Orleans, LA
Drew Brees passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints grounded the skidding Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13, in Monday Night Football at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Brees completed 21 of 27 passes for a passer rating of 128.2 while Patrick Robinson intercepted Michael Vick's pass and returned it for a 99-yard touchdown for the Saints, who won three of their last four games after a 0-4 start.
Vick hit 22 of 41 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver DeSean Jackson added 100 yards on three catches and a score while LeSean McCoy had 119 rushing yards on 19 carries for the Eagles, who lost their fourth straight after a 3-1 start.
The Saints took advantage of the Eagles' failure to score a touchdown in five red-zone opportunities.
In the first period, Vick brought the Eagles at the New Orleans' six-yard line but his throw was tipped into the hands of Robinson, who returned the interception for a 99-yard score and a 7-0 New Orleans lead.
In the second quarter, Vick engineered an 11-play, 76-yard drive that landed them at the New Orleans 4-yard line but came up empty handed after three tries and settled for a field goal to make it 7-3.
Saints running back Chris Ivory then capped a seven-play, 76-yard drive with a 22-yard scoring run before Brees threw his first touchdown pass of the game to wide receiver Marques Colston for a 21-3 advantage.
Vick tried to spark a comeback in the third period, throwing a 77-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and Alex Henery kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-13.
However, Brees launched a two-play, 83-yard attack capped by a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham for a 28-13 cushion.
Graham finished with 72 yards on eight catches while Ivory garnered48 yards on 10 carries for the Saints.
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