had a rough first half against the Eagles
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Coming into Saturday night's wild-card matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had thrown 392 passes in nine postseason games with the Saints and the San Diego Chargers before that. And in those 392 passes, Brees had thrown just four interceptions to 22 touchdowns. Three of those picks came on the road -- one against the Chicago Bears in the 2006 playoffs, and two against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 postseason.
In the first half of the Saints-Eagles game, Brees threw 18 passes, and matched his single-game postseason pick total with two. The first came with five minutes left in the first quarter, when Brees tried to hit rookie receiver Kenny Stills on a deep sideline route even though Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher had established inside position. Stills tried to undercut the route, but Brees threw where Stills was supposed to be, and where Fletcher actually was.
The second pick came with just over four minutes left in the first half, when Brees tried to squeeze one in to Lance Moore, but veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans was on the job.
The Saints dodged another bullet when tight end Jimmy Graham was thought to have fumbled with 9:02 left in the first half. Upon review, referee Bill Vinovich overturned the call, saying that Graham was down.
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Fortunately for Brees and the Saints, those blunders didn't affect things too much. New Orleans was down just 7-6 at the half. Both Brees and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles
were limited to 98 yards each in the first 30 minutes, but Foles had a touchdown pass and no picks.