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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm Sam Mills Jersey , they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles‘ pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A couple dozen Saints players surged off the sideline toward the end zone in celebration, while Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony.“We were real calm and poised and we knew we were going to get things done,” Brees said.New Orleans (14-3) will host the NFC title game next week against the Rams (13-4). Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in November, will try again next week, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. The Saints’ win finished off a sweep of the divisional round by teams coming off byes.Wil Lutz added two field goals for the Saints, who last got this far in 2009, when they won the Super Bowl.Philadelphia (10-8) will not repeat as NFL champion; no team has done so since the 2004 Patriots.“We were going down to win, but I just felt like we beat ourselves, honestly,” Jeffery said. “Hats off to those guys.”Eagles coach Doug Pederson thought his team was on its way on that final drive to pulling off another stunning comeback win“It just felt like the momentum at that point was in our favor,” he said. “It’s been that way all season, and we felt like that sort of magic was going to continue.”This was really two games in one. Philly scored on its first two drives as the Saints could do virtually nothing right.“Listen, they got off to a fast start, they’re a great team,” Brees said. “Nick Foles has done a phenomenal job for them. We knew it was going to be different than last time.”After that opening period, it was all New Orleans, yet the resilient Eagles kept it close enough that when Lutz missed a 52-yard field goal with 2:58 remaining, they were only one-score behind.Foles, the hero of last year’s Super Bowl run, got them in position for yet another late winning score — just like last week at Chicago and last February against New England for the championship.Then, Jeffery couldn’t handle a second-down pass, and it was over.“That’s a great championship team,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of the Eagles. “We remained confident.”Brees had 2-yard touchdown passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for a franchise playoff-record 171 yards.Thomas’ touchdown capped an 18-play, 92-yard drive in which the Saints actually covered more than 100 yards because of penalties. It lasted 11½ minutes.“What you saw from him today is what I see every day in practice,” Brees said of Thomas. “He’s a big-time player who wants to be the guy to make plays.”Philadelphia had the ball for more than nine minutes in the first quarter, after which the Eagles had the ball about 13 minutes and never scored.New Orleans, which routed Philadelphia 48-7 in November, gambled on its first play — and lost. Brees was a bit short on a deep pass to Ted Ginn Jr., and it was picked off by Cre’Von LeBlanc, one of several Eagles backups being used in the secondary due to injuries during the regular season.“I just think we had to find our rhythm,” Brees said. “I tried to take a shot on the first play. Unfortunately, that didn’t work.”After the first quarter, though Marcus Williams Color Rush Jersey , a lot worked for New Orleans.Foles completed all five throws on a 76-yard drive capped by Jordan Matthews‘ 37-yard TD catch . The Eagles, who quickly fell behind 17-0 in that previous Superdome loss, suddenly led 7-0.Not long after, a 75-yard drive highlighted by a 30-yard pass to Jeffery ended with Foles’ short leap over the goal line for a 14-0 edge.Indeed, the visitors were in control until Lattimore picked off Foles’ deep throw to Zach Ertz. The Saints showed plenty of moxie on their 79-yard march to a touchdown, faking a punt at their 30, with Taysom Hill running 4 yards for a first down. They also went on fourth-and-goal from the 2, and Philadelphia’s rapidly depleting defense surrendered Kirkwood’s 2-yard touchdown.“When you just get that in guys’ minds that we’re going to be aggressive, that we’re going to play to win, it allows guys to relax and to cut loose,” Brees said.With Brees finding the range and his receivers finding loads of room to roam, New Orleans crept to 14-10 at halftime on Lutz’s 45-yard field goal.UGLY STARTMaybe the Saints were rusty after their wild-card bye, but they got two first downs, including one by penalty, gained 17 yards, and Brees threw an interception and had a fumble that was recovered by teammate Ryan Ramczyk in the opening period. Meanwhile, Philly gained 153 yards and scored two TDs, and Foles went 8 of 9 for 113.But Foles was intercepted by Lattimore early in the second quarter, and the Saints finally got going.NUMBERSBrees, who turns 40 Tuesday, finished 28 for 38 despite the awful start, throwing for 301 yards. Aside from Thomas, who was targeted 16 times — he led the NFL with 125 catches — no one caught more than four passes for New Orleans. Alvin Kamara had four for 35 yards and also rushed for 71 yards. Mark Ingram added 53 yards on the ground as the Saints outrushed the Eagles 137-49. New Orleans is 6-0 at home in the playoffs with Payton and Brees.Foles was 18 for 31 for 201 yards. Jeffery had five catches for a team-leading 63 yards before the game-sealing drop.INJURIESIn a span of three plays, two starters were hurt and needed to be carted off.First, Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins went down midway in the first quarter, unable to put any weight on his left foot. Two plays later, Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks hurt his right leg and departed.Several Saints players said they would be playing for Rankins the rest of the way because his season was done.Philly also lost DB Rasul Douglas in the second quarter to an ankle injury, but he was back in the second half. DLs Fletcher Cox, an All-Pro, and Michael Bennett also were sidelined at times before returning. In the fourth quarter, left tackle Jason Peters left.UP NEXTThe Saints host the Rams in the early game next Sunday, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. The New Orleans Saints go into the bye week with a 4-1 record and find themselves in the driver’s seat in the NFC South.Coming off a dominant and record-breaking performance on Monday night, the team and the fans can't wait to get back to action, but it will be good to get some rest for the players, namely Marshon Lattimore, as the treacherous part of the schedule draws nearer.With the Saints off the schedule this week, we will focus on the the rest of the Week 6 action and see if it has the potential to be a memorable week in the NFL.There are plenty of storylines to follow this week https://www.thesaintsfanshop.com/Manti-Te_O-Jersey , and plenty of teams to root against.Last week I went 7-8I told you so: Chiefs over Jaguars!What do I know: Falcons over Steelers?***WEEK 6Thursday, October 11th - Thursday Night FootballEagles(2-3) at Giants(1-4)The defending Super Bowl Champions have underperformed so far this season yet still stand in a great position in the NFC (L)East.This is their first division game of the season and a win here could keep them on top even at .500.While the Giants are coming off an encouraging performance a week ago, they’ll fall short once again against their rivals from Philly.Philadelphia wins 31-27.Pick: Eagles***Sunday, October 14th - Early GamesSeahawks(2-3) at Raiders(1-4) - Wembley Stadium - London, EnglandBoth Seattle and Oakland have a very, very long way to travel for this game and it may take them both a while to get into any rhythm at all.Russell Wilson finally gets a matchup where he doesn't have to face a very good defense.He and Seattle’s special teams will be the difference in this one across the pond.Seattle wins 23-21.Pick: Seahawks***Buccaneers(2-2) at Falcons(1-4)After their white-hot start, Tampa has cooled considerably.Atlanta has fared even worse, by plummeting to the bottom of the NFC South and suffering catastrophic injuries in the process.Both teams are coming off of brutal losses in their most recent games, but Tampa having the bye and an extra week of rest will make a difference in this game.Jameis Winston may have his best game of the season against this atrocious Atlanta defense.Tampa wins 23-14.Pick: Buccaneers***Panthers(3-1) at Redskins(2-2)Carolina will pick the bones of whatever the Saints left of Washington on Monday night.Carolina wins this one going away.Carolina wins 31-14.Pick: Panthers***Colts(1-4) at Jets(2-3)The Jets come into this one rolling, coming off a big home win last week.The roll will continue this week against Indianapolis.Jets win 23-16.Pick: Jets***Cardinals(1-4) at Vikings(2-2-1)Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota passing attack will abuse Arizona all day long.Minnesota wins 40-14.Pick: Vikings***Steelers(2-2-1) at Bengals(4-1)Cincinnati has been rolling while Pittsburgh has been reeling, but divisional play can be strange, and the Steelers will take advantage of the momentum from their dominating win over Atlanta a week ago.Pittsburgh’s passing game will be the difference in this one.Pittsburgh wins 28-14.Pick: Steelers***Chargers(3-2) at Browns(2-2-1)Cleveland’s defense will attack and pressure Phillip Rivers all day, keeping Los Angeles from getting into any offensive rhythm at all.The Browns keep the party going in Cleveland for another week.Cleveland wins 19-16.Pick: Browns***Bills(2-3) at Texans(2-3)After a terrible start, Houston is starting to come around, and they’ll get themselves another win here against Buffalo.Houston wins 23-19.Pick: Texans***Bears(3-1) at Dolphins(3-2)Chicago’s dominant defense will absolutely grind Miami to paste.The Bears will roll on the road in this one.Chicago wins 27-13.Pick: Bears***Sunday, October 14th - Late GamesRams(5-0) at Broncos(2-3) - Game of the WeekUpset alert!Los Angeles fields arguably the top team in the NFL and has the undefeated record to back up that boast.On the other side, Denver, while talented, sports a sub .500 record and is coming off a bad road loss a week ago.The Broncos have the pieces on defense to make things difficult for a Rams team that has faced few difficulties this season.Los Angeles holds the key advantages, but Denver has a few of their own.Denver’s greatest advantage could be Mother Nature, as Sunday afternoon’s forecast calls for snow showers and temperatures around 16潞 at gametime.This is crucial against a team as talented and dominant as the Rams, but also a team that calls sunny Southern California home.Los Angeles is simply better, but Denver, backed by the bitter cold and driving snow, will get the better of the Rams this Sunday.Denver wins 30-27.Pick: Broncos***Ravens(3-2) at Titans(3-2) Baltimore’s defense may just be one of the best units in the NFL, and they’ll continue their dominant ways on the road in Nashville.The Ravens’ underrated passing game will play pretty well against a pretty good Tennessee defense in their own right.Baltimore wins 19-13.Pick: Ravens***Jaguars(3-2) at Cowboys(2-3)After suffering a crushing loss in Kansas City last week, Jacksonville and their dominant defense will rebound nicely against the offensively stunted Cowboys in Dallas.Jacksonville wins 21-19.Pick: Jaguars***Sunday Night FootballChiefs(5-0) at Patriots(3-2)This is an easy contender for the Game of the Week, but Kansas City lacks the fear of going into Foxboro that cripples many other appointments.New England sits on the right side of .500, but they’re still finding their way in a sense.Kansas City has been absolutely rolling and that roll will continue with this critical win at Foxboro.Kansas City wins 21-14.Pick: Chiefs***Monday, October 15th - Monday Night Football49ers(1-4) at Packers(2-2-1)San Francisco’s ineffective passing game will suffer greatly against the NFC’s most underrated defense in Green Bay.Green Bay wins 37-13.Pick: Packers***That’s how I see Week 6 coming together, let us know what you think will happen.The Saints may not be playing this week, but there’s plenty to root for and against. 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