Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saints beat Eagles on final play

PHILADELPHIA — Shayne Graham, signed by the Saints on Dec. 18, kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give them their first road playoff victory, 26-24 over the Eagles on Saturday.

Graham's fourth field goal sent the Saints to Seattle for a division game. The Seahawks routed the Saints 34-7 at home during the regular season.

"It's loud. It's crazy," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of Seattle's home field. "They've got a good thing going there."

The Saints had been 0-5 in postseason games outside of New Orleans since entering the league in 1967. They were 3-5 on the road during this regular season.

"It's just believing in each other," Brees said, "ignoring what everyone else has to say."

Philadelphia wound up 10-7 in Chip Kelly's first season as coach. The former University of Oregon coach guided them from worst to first in the NFC East, but they went 4-5 at home.

"I just told the guys I was proud of them for making every day feel special this season," Kelly said.

The Eagles trailed 20-7 late in the third quarter. QB Nick Foles, who was 23-of-33 for 195 yards and two touchdowns, hit tight end Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:54 left in the game to put them ahead 24-23.

Darren Sproles returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards, and a 15-yard penalty for a horse-collar tackle gave Brees and the Saints the ball at the Eagles' 48-yard line. New Orleans ran it on nine of 10 snaps to gain 34 yards and put Graham in position.

"I'm hurting right now in my heart," Foles said. "But I'll hold my head high. I love this city, team, organization. I'm proud of our fight.

"We played for each other and played until the final whistle blew."

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