It was over when ...
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis with just over two minutes remaining to make it a two-score game.
McNabb earns the honor with a spectacular effort. He rushed for 40 yards to go along with his 263 yards passing and three touchdowns. An honorable mention goes to Philadelphia linebacker Stewart Bradley. Filling in for the injured Omar Gaither, Bradley finished with six tackles, a sack and the game-sealing interception.
The Saints were leading the league in third-down conversions going into the game, successfully converting 49 percent of their attempts. Sunday, however, they were woeful on that key down, managing to convert on only 3 of 12 attempts.
New Orleans lost cornerback Mike McKenzie and wide receiver Marques Colston to injuries in the first half. The Saints also lost running back Aaron Stecker, but he returned in the second half. ... Saints kicker Martin Gramatica tied a career best with a 55-yard field goal to close the first half. ... The key sequence of the game occurred in the third quarer. Saints WR David Patten was stopped just short of the goal line on first down. Coach Sean Payton challenged the mark, but it was upheld. Just inches away from the end zone, Payton then called for three straight running plays, and the Saints were stuffed on all three, giving the Eagles the ball back. Philadelphia then marched 98 yards on the ensuing possession and wrestled away the momentum for good.