Saints vs. Eagles: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIJanuary 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29:   Nick Foles #9 talks to head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints collected their first-ever postseason victory on the road, beating the Philadelphia Eagles on a walkoff field goal. They will travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks in the divisional round. 

For the Eagles, it's a disappointing ending to a very successful (and surprising) first season under Chip Kelly. 

Final Score: New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24

Philadelphia Eagles' Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grade
Run OffenseC-D+
Pass OffenseC+B
Run DefenseDD-
Pass DefenseB+B-
Special TeamsDF
Bleacher Report

Final Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles passed the test in his postseason game. He wasn't great but he was solid. He led a touchdown on a do-or-die drive late in the fourth quarter and he threw two touchdown passes without an interception. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy didn't break off any big plays and that really killed the Eagles. He finished the game with just 77 yards on 21 carries. He did score a huge fourth-down touchdown but he didn't provide the spark the Eagles desperately needed in the fourth quarter. 

Pass Defense: Drew Brees played much better in the second half and he really killed the Eagles on quarterback sneaks. He threw two early interceptions but led the Saints to 20 points in the second half, enough to win the game. 

Run Defense: The Saints gashed the Eagles, even without Pierre Thomas. The combination of Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Khiry Robinson and even Drew Brees combined for 184 rushing yards, more than five yards per run. 

Special Teams: The difference in the game was probably Alex Henery's porous kicking. He was unable to reach the end zone on kickoffs and his missed field goal early in the game was extremely costly, considering the Eagles' two-point loss. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly was outcoached in his first postseason game. That was obvious. The Saints completely took LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, minus one big catch, out of the game. It was a magical season for the Eagles but it didn't end the way most expected. 

First-Half Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles made the biggest play of the night, hitting Riley Cooper in the back of the end zone for the Eagles' only touchdown. But he also took a brutal sack and hasn't played nearly as well as his numbers. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy has been bottled up all game. He's carried 10 times but he has just 32 rushing yards with no run longer than eight yards. He did convert on a huge fourth down play though. 

Pass Defense: The Eagles have done a tremendous job against Drew Brees, intercepting him twice and pressuring him into several poor throws. He's thrown for just 98 yards. 

Run Defense: Even without Pierre Thomas, the Saints have managed to establish the running game, carrying 16 times for 94 yards. Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson have all carried at least three times. 

Special Teams: Roc Carmichael cost the Eagles 19 yards of field position when he accidentally kicked a perfectly downed punt inside the end zone and Alex Henery missed a long field goal. Donnie Jones has made some great punts, as usual. 

Coaching: Billy Davis's defense has done a tremendous job against Drew Brees but Chip Kelly hasn't gotten the offense clicking yet. Give him credit for taking a lead into halftime of his first postseason game but the Eagles need to score more points to win.