The Saints defense recorded three consecutive sacks of QB Michael Vick on the opening drive of the game that led to an Eagles punt and stepped up again on Philadelphia’s next possession. After a 52-yard field goal attempt was missed by K Garrett Hartley, the Eagles started with good field position and drove down to the New Orleans’ six-yard line. Then, on second down, Vick’s pass was tipped and intercepted by CB Patrick Robinson. Robinson returned the ball 99 yards the other way, tied for the longest return in Saints history, for a Saints touchdown. Hartley added the extra point to give the Saints a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles converted on a fourth and one in the beginning of the second quarter as RB LeSean McCoy busted off a 34 yard gain on the ground that put the Eagles in a goal-to-go situation. Philadelphia was unable to convert as the defense held strong and did not give up another yard. K Alex Henery put a 22-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3.
The Saints offense was able to answer quickly though as they moved down the field with 59 rushing yards. RB Mark Ingram broke a tackle while picking up 23 yards on the ground and RB Chris Ivory capped off the seven-play scoring drive with a 22-yard rush into the endzone, his first of the season. Hartley added the extra point to increase the Saints lead to 14-3.
The Saints were able to add one more score before the end of the first half. After forcing an Eagles punt, Brees completed two passes to TE Jimmy Graham for 30 yards and RB Pierre Thomas added 28 yards on the ground to move the ball down the field. Inside the two-minute warning, Brees connected with WR Marques Colston for a one-yard touchdown pass. With the score, Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 51 consecutive games and the reception gave Colston his 54th career touchdown, moving him past RB Dalton Hilliard for second on the club’s all-time list. Hartley made the extra point and gave the Saints a 21-3 lead at halftime.
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