The Philadelphia Eagles hold a narrow 7-6 lead over the New Orleans Saints heading into the second half of Saturday's Wild Card matchup. Philadelphia took advantage of Drew Brees' second interception of the day to set up solid field position, which the Eagles turned into a couple first downs and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Riley Cooper.
The Saints managed a field goal early in the second quarter, but it was nearly a touchdown. Brees successfully ran a quarterback sneak to convert on 4th and 1 from the 14, but New Orleans was called for a false start and had to settle for the 36-yard field goal. Shayne Graham kicked a second field goal as time expired in the half, this one from 46 yards out, to make it 7-6.
The game got off to a slow start, with the first fireworks coming with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Brees was looking for Kenny Stills deep, but Stills tried to undercut it. Meanwhile, Philadelphia cornerback Bradley Fletcher properly went on the outside and picked off the pass.
Philadelphia started to put together a drive for the first time all game but came up short when LeSean McCoy was stopped on a 3rd and 1 play at the New Orleans 23-yard line. The Eagles looked like they might try and get off a quick snap to catch the Saints off balance, but a New Orleans player was injured on the play.
Whatever the case, the Eagles still ran it and converted for the first down. Eventually, they made their way to the New Orleans 15-yard line, but a pass that lost eight yards and a sack that lost 11 yards forced Philadelphia all the way back to the 34. Alex Henery ultimately missed a 48-yard field goal at the end of the drive.
The Saints took advantage of the change in possession by driving down into Philadelphia territory, making it all the way to the 13-yard line. New Orleans had a fumble scare, but after a review, they kept the ball and went for it on fourth down. They called a quarterback sneak and Brees picked it up, but the Saints were called for a false start. Graham drilled the 36-yard field goal to put up the first points of the game.
New Orleans stopped the Eagles on the next possession, and started to drive downfield themselves. Unfortunately for the visitors, Brees threw his second pick of the game, setting the Eagles up with excellent field position at the New Orleans 44. That's the drive in which the Eagles managed a touchdown to take the 7-3 lead.
The Saints did get the ball back and ate up some big chunks of yardage, but stalled out with very little time left on the clock. Graham was called on again and converted a 46-yard field goal attempt to bring the game to 7-6.
The Eagles will receive the second-half kickoff.