NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes on Monday to lead New Orleans over the Philadelphia Eagles 28-13, giving the Saints their third National Football League triumph in four games.
Brees stretched his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 51 as the Saints improved to 3-5 while the Eagles fell to 3-5.
With the Eagles in the shadow of the end zone, Saints defender Patrick Robinson picked off a pass by Philadelphia's Michael Vick and returned the ball 99 yards for a touchdown as the Saints took a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.
Alex Henery kicked a 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter to put the Eagles on the scoreboard
but the Saints answered on a 22-yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory to seize a 14-3 lead.
Brees flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 73 seconds to play in the second quarter, giving the Saints a 21-3 half-time edge.
Vick connected with DeSean Jackson on a 77-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter and Henery added a 37-yard field goal to pull the Eagles within 21-13.
But the Saints answered when Brees tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the third
quarter to create the final margin. — AFP