After hearing all of the talk this past week about how they had troubles winning not just on the road, but in the cold weather on the road , the New Orleans Saints hushed those naysayers–for now–as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday night in their NFC Wild Card Playoff game, 26-24.
With three seconds left in the game, kicker Shayne Graham banged through a 32-yard field goal to send the Saints into the Divisional round, where they’ll take on the Seattle Seahawks, again on the road.
The Saints were able to get the win, despite QB Drew Brees not exactly playing the best game of his career, tossing for just 250 yards and two interceptions with just one scoring strike.
If anything, they were able to control the ball on the ground with the rushing efforts of former Heisman winner Mark Ingram who carried the ball 18 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.
With the loss, the Eagles wrap up their first season under Chip Kelly a lot better than most assumed at 10-7, with a ton of momentum to carry into next season.
But tonight, it was the Saints that proved their doubters wrong.