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Eagles hold 7-6 halftime lead after Brees’ second interception

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t doing much to shake the doubts about his ability to play his best game in the great outdoors.

Brees threw his second pick of the first half in the second quarter on a pass that might as well have been handed directly to Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who returned the kick into New Orleans territory. A 22-yard pass to Riley Cooper and a seven-yard LeSean McCoy scamper set the Eagles up on the 10 and they cashed in when Cooper caught a 10-yard touchdown from Foles. That made the score 7-3 and the Eagles hold a 7-6 lead at the half after the Saints drove for a field goal just before the half.

Foles and the Eagles have found it tough going on offense to this point in the game and they squandered a great chance to score earlier in the second quarter, but can take solace in the fact that they still lead the game. McCoy hasn’t really gotten going with 32 yards on 10 carries, although Foles has been able to find success when they’ve used play action in the passing game.

Brees was also intercepted earlier in the half when he overthrew Kenny Stills on a deep ball that cornerback Bradley Fletcher reeled in. The Eagles couldn’t turn that takeaway into points, but the second time proved to be the charm.

Brees was 10-of-18 for 97 yards in the first 30 minutes and also underthrew running back Darren Sproles on what could have been a big play early in the game. The Saints have run well — 94 yards on 16 carries, including a pair of Brees sneaks for first downs — which has helped them gain an advantage in both yards and time of possession.

The turnovers have stopped them from turning those advantages into a lead, however, and they’ll need to be much sharper when they return to the field to move back on top on the scoreboard.

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14 Responses to “Eagles hold 7-6 halftime lead after Brees’ second interception”
  1. nfl4days says: Jan 4, 2014 9:46 PM

    I’m sick of watchig drew brees throw interceptions on the road and in playoff games. Sick of it.

  2. aaronfraudgers says: Jan 4, 2014 9:46 PM

    When Drew Brees goes on a vacation, he never leaves the hotel room because he hates going outside.

  3. o0omorriso0o says: Jan 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    I predicted the Eagles to lose, but you know what? The Eagles play better late in games because they wear defenses down. They get the ball to start the 2nd half up by a point, and look for Shady to get going as the defense gets winded.

    The Eagles defense (win or lose) has been outstanding against the 4th ranked offense. They were outstanding against (what was) the 2nd ranked offense in the Bears. About time we start giving them some credit…

  4. skoodsports says: Jan 4, 2014 9:50 PM

    I wasn’t aware that a QB lobbying for a call was grounds to throw the flag 30 seconds after the play was over.

  5. edshrinker says: Jan 4, 2014 9:54 PM

    Is it just me or does it always seem like when one game is lights out offense the next is a struggle? The 2 game today could not be more opposite…and exactly the opposite of how I would have predicted. This is why I avoid Vegas.

  6. rubenxx7 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:57 PM

    brees time

  7. bert1913 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:16 PM

    I predict whoever scores the most points will win the game #i’mneverwrong

  8. gbfanforever says: Jan 4, 2014 10:21 PM

    New coach, same playoff dissapoint for the eagles

  9. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:22 PM

    I thought Brees couldn’t play outside in the cold. Hummm?

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 4, 2014 10:23 PM

    Eagles are going down in flames. Punishment from the gods for signing the dog executioner.

  11. backdapack4evr says: Jan 4, 2014 10:24 PM

    Eagles are over rated

  12. arwiv says: Jan 4, 2014 10:24 PM

    The eagles are starting to get exposed….chip did a nice job this year, but he clearly didn’t bother getting his team prepared for this game. Its starting to get embarrassing and looking very much like another year without a title for the eagles.

  13. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jan 4, 2014 10:26 PM

    wouldn’t it be ironic if BOTH the Eagles and Andy Reid get knocked out of the playoffs today?

  14. arwiv says: Jan 4, 2014 10:38 PM

    The eagles clearly aren’t a great team, but neither are the saints. If things shake out the way they should, the seahawks will be playing the pats or broncos in the SB.

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