It was a game that came down to the final kick, but the Saints were clearly the better team on this night. They won the time of possession battle (34:53 to 25:07) and outgained the Eagles, 434-256. New Orleans was particularly effective on the ground, piling up 185 yards. The revitalized Mark Ingram led the way with 97 yards and one touchdown on just 18 carries.
Plenty of credit should go to Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who drew up a game plan that didn't allow Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense to generate the type of big plays that became the norm this season. (Wide receiver DeSean Jackson drew a huge pass interference to set up Philly's go-ahead score, but was otherwise held in check.) Nick Foles threw for less than 200 yards for just the second time since Week 9.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton leaned on his defense and the running game and got the job done. His mentor, Bill Parcells, was smiling somewhere.