Final

Saints 48

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Eagles 22

(1-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 20, 2009

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
NO 10 7 17 1448
PHI 7 6 7 222

Top Performers

Passing: K. Kolb (PHI) - 391 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Bell (NO) - 17 CAR, 86 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Celek (PHI) - 8 REC, 104 YDS

With McNabb sitting out, Brees tosses three TDs as Saints trounce Eagles

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Without Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles tried everything they could on offense. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints stuck to what they do best.

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Brees tossed three more touchdown passes Sunday, helping the Saints beat Philadelphia 48-22.

Brees had six TD passes last week as the Saints (2-0) routed Detroit 45-27. He picked up where he left off, picking apart Philadelphia's secondary and completing 25 of 34 passes for 311 yards and one interception.

"If you look at our skill group, each game no guy ever knows who's day it's gonna be," Brees said. "Each guy knows it's their job to open things up for everyone else."

Making his first NFL start for an injured McNabb, Kevin Kolb threw for 391 yards and two TDs, including a 71-yard scoring pass to DeSean Jackson. Kolb also threw three interceptions, though, including one returned 97 yards for a TD by Darren Sharper in the final minute.

"I've got to cut those turnovers out," Kolb said. "I know better than that. I will do it."

Brees-ing By Competition

Saints QB Drew Brees has the most games with more than 300 yards passing and two or more touchdowns since 2002.

Games with 300 yards, 2 TDs
Games
Drew Brees 18
Peyton Manning 15
Tom Brady 12
Brett Favre 12
Tony Romo 11

McNabb sat out with a cracked rib. With the five-time Pro Bowl QB in street clothes, the Eagles (1-1) showed off their creativity on offense.

Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg used several variations of the wildcat formation with three different players taking snaps. Both tackles were split wide one time with only three linemen blocking. Kolb threw an incomplete pass on a reverse flea flicker and Brian Westbrook had an incompletion.

It could get even wackier next week when Michael Vick is expected to play his first regular-season game since Dec. 31, 2006.

The Saints took advantage of a fumble recovery and interception to turn a four-point halftime lead into a 31-13 advantage in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the third quarter.

Ellis Hobbs fumbled the second-half kickoff and Chris Reis recovered at the Eagles 22. Two plays later, Brees tossed an 11-yard TD pass to fullback Heath Evans, who broke a couple tackles, tiptoed along the sideline and dove over the orange pylon.

Fast Facts

• For the first time in Saints history, they scored more than 40 points in the first two games of a season.

• Drew Brees threw for 311 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Dating to last season, Brees has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight games.

• Marques Colston had eight catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, his fifth career road game with multiple touchdown receptions.

• In his first NFL start, Kevin Kolb threw for 391 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

• Darren Sharper's 97-yard interception return for a touchdown tied for the longest in Saints history.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

On Philadelphia's next possession, Scott Shanle stepped in front of Kolb's ill-advised pass to a well-covered Jackson for an easy pick. Mike Bell ran in from the 7 to make it 31-13.

Jason Avant made a diving catch on fourth-and-goal from the 3 to cut it to 34-20 late in the third. But Reggie Bush, filling in for an injured Bell, had a 19-yard TD run to put the Saints ahead 41-20.

New Orleans needed just two plays to go 54 yards after getting the ball with 1:20 left in the first half. Bush turned a short pass into a 29-yard gain, and Brees fired a 25-yard strike to Marques Colston to give the Saints a 17-10 lead.

Kolb drove Philadelphia 63 yards in 43 seconds, setting up David Akers' 32-yard field goal before halftime.

The Saints racked up 421 yards against a defense that dominated the Carolina Panthers in a 38-10 win last week.

"You like starting 2-0, but it doesn't promise you anything," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

McNabb got hurt when he was hit hard in the end zone after scoring on a 3-yard TD run last week against Carolina. He didn't practice this week and was ruled out 90 minutes before kickoff.

Jeff Garcia, who led the Eagles to a division title and a playoff win in 2006 after McNabb injured his knee, rejoined the team Monday as insurance. Vick wasn't eligible to play because he was suspended for the first two regular-season games as the final league penalty for his role in running a dogfighting ring.

"It looked like they were clicking on all cylinders at times, but Donovan is one of the top quarterbacks in the league," Sharper said. "He would've made the game look a little different."

The Eagles allowed a TD on the opening drive for the second straight week when Brees connected with Colston on a 15-yard pass.

Kolb hit Jackson in stride with a perfectly thrown deep pass down the middle and the speedy wideout outraced the defenders down the sideline to tie the game.

Philadelphia ran nine plays out of the wildcat formation. Jackson, Westbrook and Jeremy Maclin took snaps. The Eagles gained 44 yards on seven runs and had two incomplete passes.

"I understand why they did it, but it never allowed [Kolb] to get in rhythm," Garcia said. "It's a tough game to call. You have to have some trust and I know the coaches trust him. Just go out and play football the way we're used to playing."

Game notes


There were a few anti-Vick protesters outside the stadium. A woman held a sign that read: "Do pitbulls bleed green?" A young boy carried one that said: "My dog hates Vick." ... Bell left with a knee sprain. He said he could've returned. ... Saints WR Lance Moore left with a hamstring injury. ... Westbrook sprained his right ankle. ... McNabb has missed 25 games, including playoffs, due to injuries during his 11 seasons in the NFL. The Eagles are 14-11 in those contests.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NO
PHI
1st Downs2323
Passing 1st downs
1516
Rushing 1st downs
87
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
6-137-16
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays6575
Total Yards421463
Yards per play6.56.2
Total Drives1214
Passing288384
Comp-Att
25-3431-52
Yards per pass
8.07.2
Interceptions thrown
13
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-231-7
Rushing13379
Rushing Attempts
2922
Yards per rush
4.63.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-61-5
Penalties3-137-45
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
13
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession30:2629:34

Passing Leaders

NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees25/343119.1312-23
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kolb31/513917.7231-7
Westbrook0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell17865.1123
Bush10333.3119
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook13524.0016
McCoy5183.6011

Receiving Leaders

NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Colston89812.3225
Henderson37123.7038
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Celek810413.0026
Jackson410125.3171

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNOPHI
noTD10:59Marques Colston 15 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 4:06
70
phiTD9:13Desean Jackson 71 Yard Pass From Kevin Kolb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 85 yds, 1:51
77
noFG1:59John Carney 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 48 yds, 3:21
107
SECOND QUARTERNOPHI
phiFG2:42David Akers 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 68 yds, 8:20
1010
noTD0:50Marques Colston 25 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 54 yds, 0:37
1710
phiFG0:03David Akers 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 0:43
1713
THIRD QUARTERNOPHI
noTD13:49Heath Evans 11 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 22 yds, 1:10
2413
noTD11:44Mike Bell 7 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yds, 1:19
3113
noFG4:14John Carney 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yds, 6:16
3413
phiTD0:34Jason Avant 3 Yard Pass From Kevin Kolb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 35 yds, 3:41
3420
FOURTH QUARTERNOPHI
noTD9:42Reggie Bush 19 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 52 yds, 3:14
4120
phiSF3:41Drew Brees fumbles in end zone.
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:37
4122
noTD1:10Darren Sharper 97 Yard Interception Return (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:40
4822