Saints Report: Saints eliminated from playoff contention despite win over Eagles
The New Orleans Saints are playing their best football of the season, having just beaten the best team in the league in the Philadelphia Eagles and yet, it’s too little, too late.
Somehow, it seems very on-brand for the Saints to finally string together three straight wins and then on the same day become mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
The Eagles without Jalen Hurts for the second straight game, but still an impressive team win from start to finish with the Saints pitching a first-half shutout on the road en route to a 20-10 victory.
Taysom Hill scored the team’s only offensive touchdown in the first quarter and Marshon Lattimore sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard pick-six.
But that actually wasn’t the best defensive play of the game, paging Cam Jordan, who’s third sack of the day gave him the all-time franchise record with 115-and-a-half, surpassing a 29-year-old mark set by Rickey Jackson. Head Coach Dennis Allen said, “It’s awesome. Cam has been a great ambassador for our organization, for the entire National Football League. He’s been a great player and probably an even better person, and so I couldn’t be happier for a guy and it’s an awesome accomplishment.”
Jordan said, “I just needed an opportunity. I knew I was a pass rusher. I knew I was an edge rusher, and I told them my second year – I told Billy Johnson, give me a chance and you’ll never have to worry about it. I told Sean Payton when I first got drafted – I said, alright, let’s do this. I came with the mindset to be the best that I could be. 16.5 hours into 2023, three sacks today. That’s one heck of a way to start 2023. Don’t know what tomorrow is going to hold, but January 1 was a good day.”
The Saints end their season at home against the Carolina Panthers Sunday at noon.