I had a fun time taking a look at the Brees era games vs the Ravens, so I figured why not do it again? This game vs the Eagles intrigues me so it’s a perfect time to look back at a few games Brees has had against them!
Week 6 and the Divisional Round Playoff 2006
Week 6 comes around and it’s a battle of division leaders, kind of like what we had expected to see heading into the 2018 season, Saints are 4-1 after a promising start. This week will be their toughest match-up yet going up against the also 4-1 Eagles. The Saints are looking good going into half with a 17-3 lead after Brees connected with both Marques Colston and Joe Horn for a touchdown each. They give up a touchdown, 17-10. The stumbling continues and the lead is blown, 17-17. Eagles have really turned it on and lead 24-17 after picking Brees off for great field position. No worries, Brees does his thang and gets Joe Horn for his 2nd TD of the day, this one from 48 yards out. New Orleans forces a punt and Brees gets us back into scoring position. John Carney hits the 31-yarder as time expires. Saints win 27-24.
Now comes time for the Divisional round, the Eagles are still looking good, but are without QB Donovan McNabb. Jeff Garcia vs Drew Brees doesn’t sound like the matchup to the caliber that we expected, but the RBs took over and made this a great match-up. Brian Westbrook gathered 116 yards and 2 TDs on just 13 carries. The Saints RB showed up to impress too however (sound familiar?) with Deuce McAllister rocking 143 yards with a TD on 21 rushing, adding another TD as a receiver, and rookie Reggie Bush tallying 52 yards and a TD. Not as thrilling as last time but we ended up with the exact same score with the Saints winning 27-24 again. They advance to play the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship, we’re not talking about that game again.
Week 16 – December 23, 2007
Oof. Aaron Stecker was the Saints leading rusher and David Patten was their leading receiver. Eagles blow the Saints out 38-23.
Week 2 – September 20, 2009
If the Saints week 1 dominance over the Lions was any indicator, this could be a pretty special season. They continue on and get some sweet sweet revenge over the Eagles for the last game they played. Marques Colston gets 8 receptions on 8 targets for 98 yards, maybe we could call him Can’t Guard Marques? Scott Shanle, Darren Sharper, and Tracy Porter each picked off Kolb. It was an all around effort to pull off the 48-22 victory. After two very special victories I’m interested to see if they can make it a season to remember.
Week 9 – November 5, 2012
In a season where neither of these teams are looking too hot, the Saints were at least able to have a little fun with this one. Patrick Robinson opened the scoring with a 99 yard pick six towards the end of the first. Chris Ivory led the team with 48 rushing yards and TD, though both Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram were close behind with each getting 44 yards on the ground. Drew Brees has an efficient game through the air, but not insane. The defense showed up to impress with Malcolm Jenkins tallying 13 tackles, Cam Jordan with 3 sacks, Will Smith got 2 sacks (R.I.P), even Martez Wilson and Brodrick Bunkley each tallied a sack. Saints win 28-13.
2013 NFC Wildcard Game – January 4, 2014
In a game where Drew Brees wasn’t shining, 20/30 and 2 INTs, Shayne Graham and the running game showed up. Mark Ingram compiled 97 yards and a TD, Khiry Robinson contributed another 45 yards, and Darren Sproles had 29 yards rushing along with another 31 receiving. Shayne Graham was perfect on the day 2/2 on PATs and 4/4 on FGs. Their efforts pushed the Saints over the Eagles 26-24, in their first ever road playoff victory (not counting the Super Bowl, since that was a neutral site.) They went on to play the Seahawks and we also don’t talk about that game, as that run still gives me nightmares.
Week 5 – October 11, 2015
The most recent match-up. We typically like to forget this one, this season entirely. Shockingly enough Brandon Browner did something, an interception early in the first. Overall though this was a pretty bleh game from a pretty bleh season. Saints got blown out 39-17. Oof.
So as you can see, this series has been a pretty mixed bag for us, all time the Eagles lead 17-13. The Saints are on what has already been a historic season, and they look to keep that going against the Eagles who are in the middle of what seems to be a season to forget due to some MAJOR Super Bowl hangover. In 3 of the seasons these teams have played during the Brees era the Saints have finished 7-9, in all the others, they made the playoffs. We’re already guaranteed that they aren’t finishing 7-9 this season, so let’s hope they can continue that tradition. Geaux Saints.