Final

Eagles 24

(4-2, 2-1 away)

Saints 27

(5-1, 3-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 15, 2006

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 3 14 724
NO 10 7 0 1027

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 275 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 16 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: R. Brown (PHI) - 6 REC, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Carney's field goal at buzzer lifts 5-1 Saints over Eagles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- After a quiet five games, Joe Horn suddenly looked like the star player he was in 2004, with his shoulder-shaking end zone dances and game-changing catches.

He wasn't the only one dancing.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Saints outplayed the Eagles in all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams). The Saints used a ball-control game plan to keep Donovan McNabb and the Eagles offense off the field, winning the time of possession battle in the first and fourth quarters. The Saints had the ball for close to nine more minutes than the Eagles. Drew Brees (above) used a short, quick-rhythm passing game to get the ball out of his hands before the Eagles' pass rush could put pressure on him. With the Saints running the ball effectively it set up the play-action pass.

McNabb and the Eagles' offense struggled to move the ball in the first half. The Eagles missed WR Donte' Stallworth, who was inactive due to injury. His replacement, rookie Hank Baskett, struggled to get open and to hold onto the ball.

A packed crowd in the Louisiana Superdome watched the revamped New Orleans Saints pull out a legitimizing victory over one of most feared teams in the NFL. Kept out of the end zone until Sunday, Horn caught touchdown passes of 14 and 48 yards, then John Carney hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired for a 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I've got to keep doing a better job of getting him involved early on," Saints first-year coach Sean Payton said of his veteran receiver, who finished with six catches for 110 yards. "He plays hard and has been fantastic. He is everything you want in a player. If he has two catches and we win he is happy. ... I admire that about him."

New Orleans (5-1) enters its bye week atop the NFC South. If anyone still doubts the surprising start of a team that went 3-13 last season, the Eagles (4-2), favored on the road coming in, can't be counted among the critics. Nor could many in the raucous, sold-out Louisiana Superdome, which rained down earsplitting cheers in support of New Orleans' defense and erupted in celebration as Carney's winning kick left his foot clearly on target.

"It's a whole different team," said Eagles defensive end Darren Howard, who played for New Orleans last season. "They're doing it with a young set of guys who don't remember what happened in years past. ... It's six games and they're 5-1. It's hard to say anything but they're legitimate."

The Saints' leading receiver much of the past six seasons, Horn was a non-factor for most of 2005 after pulling a hamstring. Now healthy, the 34-year-old was off to a relatively slow start.

The talkative Horn also has not spoken to reporters for about three weeks and did not meet with the media after Sunday's game because of what team officials described as a family emergency.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees continued his impressive start in New Orleans after offseason throwing-shoulder surgery. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns and did not take a sack against a defense that has 23 this season.

"Before the game, coach Payton looked that unit dead in the eye and said, 'No sacks today," Brees said of the offensive line. "That was a big challenge to them and they did an excellent job with it."

Brees led a 72-yard, 16-play winning drive that chewed up the final 8:26. Deuce McAllister, who missed much of the first half after tweaking his hamstring, made a key first-down run before the game-ending field goal.

Donovan McNabb, off to a torrid start this season, was 19-of-32 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. But the Saints threw him off his rhythm intermittently, sacking him three times.

The Saints built a 17-3 lead on Horn's first touchdown and a scoring pass from Brees to rookie Marques Colston set up by a muffed punt return deep in Eagles territory.

"We can take something positive out of this game," McNabb said. "They're a good team, well coached, and those guys did exactly what they had to do in order to swing the momentum."

The Saints also held Brian Westbrook to 72 yards rushing and only 3 yards receiving.

Saints defensive lineman Hollis Thomas had six tackles and a sack in his first game against the team with which he spent the last decade.

The Eagles needed only three plays to change the tone of the game in the second half. McNabb found Reggie Brown wide open along the left sideline, then Brown stopped and ran away from five defenders back toward the far side for a 60-yard score.

Brown wound up with 121 yards receiving on six catches. And another Brown reception for 17 yards on third-and-15 extended the Eagles' next scoring drive, which ended with a 3-yard pass to L.J. Smith to tie the game at 17 late in the third quarter.

The Eagles were back in scoring position three plays later. Brees' pass to Colston was knocked out of the receiver's hand by Juqua Thomas, and the ball landed in the arms of defensive lineman Darwin Walker, who was tackled at the New Orleans 15.

On the next play, Brown scored on a reverse, with McNabb blocking.

However, the Saints responded quickly when Philadelphia's coverage broke down on Brees' rollout and the quarterback found Horn on a long pass to tie it at 24.

Game notes


Horn's second touchdown reception gave him 48 with the Saints, tying the franchise record of Eric Martin, who played in New Orleans from 1985-93. ... Receiver Donte' Stallworth was listed as inactive by the Eagles in his return to New Orleans since being traded shortly before the regular season began. ... Brown's touchdown catch was also his longest career reception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
NO
1st Downs2022
Passing 1st downs
1214
Rushing 1st downs
56
1st downs from penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
3-108-16
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5468
Total Yards325373
Yards per play6.05.5
Total Drives1112
Passing226275
Comp-Att
19-3227-38
Yards per pass
6.57.2
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-210-0
Rushing9998
Rushing Attempts
1930
Yards per rush
5.23.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-3
Penalties8-677-64
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:5734:03

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb19/322477.7213-21
NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees27/372757.4320-0
Horn0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook16724.5013
Brown11515.0115
NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
McAllister12645.3012
Bush11262.407

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown612120.2160
Smith44812.0129
NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Horn611018.3248
Colston44010.0112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHINO
noFG9:01John Carney 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yds, 6:04
03
noTD0:24Joe Horn, 14 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:49
010
SECOND QUARTERPHINO
phiFG3:10David Akers 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 51 yds, 4:49
310
noTD0:19Marques Colston, 7 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 19 yds, 1:29
317
THIRD QUARTERPHINO
phiTD13:35Reggie Brown, 60 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:40
1017
phiTD1:06L.J. Smith, 4 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 76 yds, 3:51
1717
FOURTH QUARTERPHINO
phiTD15:00Reggie Brown, 15 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 0:00
2417
noTD13:01Joe Horn, 48 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 69 yds, 2:02
2424
noFG0:03John Carney 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 16 plays, 72 yds, 8:26
2427