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  • Oct 5
    PHILADELPHIA -- After erasing nearly a half-century of road playoff frustration, a trip to Seattle shouldnt be intimidating for Drew Brees, Shayne Graham and the New Orleans Saints. [b]Kyle Gibson Jersey[/b] . Grahams 32-yard field goal, the fourth of the game for the recent addition to the team, won the wild-card game on the final play, 26-24 over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night. Brees, who threw for a touchdown and guided the 34-yard drive to the winning kick, didnt need to be a big star because the Saints running game and defence -- along with Grahams leg -- provided the heroics. "Its just, man, believing in each other, ignoring what everyone else has to say," Brees said. New Orleans had been 0-5 in post-season games outside of the Big Easy since entering the league in 1967. The Saints (12-5) will play at NFC top-seed Seattle next Saturday; they lost there 34-7 in the regular season. "Its loud, its crazy, theyve got a good thing going there," Brees said of the next challenge. "Obviously, theyve only lost one game there in the last two years. But having been there less than a month ago, I think that serves us well, what to expect, how to prepare for it. "But were going to need our best game, thats for sure." This was not their best offensive game, by far. But Graham, now with his 10th team after being signed by the Saints just over two weeks ago to replace long-time kicker Garrett Hartley, also connected from 36, 46 and 35 yards. "I didnt feel an ounce of fear," the 13-year veteran said. "If I had been here for 14 years or for one game, my job is the same. I feel like Ive been adopted into a family." Brees threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore, Mark Ingram rushed for 97 yards and another score, and the Saints defence slowed Chip Kellys up-tempo offence just enough. The Eagles wound up 10-7 in Kellys first year as coach. He guided them from worst to first in the NFC East, but they were only 4-5 at home. "I didnt think winning the division was a surprise to us and were disappointed we didnt move forward," Kelly said. Nick Foles hit rookie Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:54 remaining as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point deficit to take a one-point lead. But Darren Sproles had a 39-yard kickoff return and a horse-collar tackle brought New Orleans to the Philadelphia 48. Using mostly runs, the Saints ate up the clock and set up Grahams winner. "We know what were all about," Brees said. "This was a great testament to that. Coming on the road, hostile environment, great team, one of the hottest teams in football and getting one of those big victories." Two teams with prolific offences couldnt get on track for much of the game. Grahams 46-yarder as the first half ended made it 7-6 as everyone wondered where all the offensive fireworks went. The teams combined for an average of 816.7 yards and 53.5 points per game during the regular season. When Riley Cooper, who earlier scored Philadelphias first touchdown, had a huge drop in the third quarter, the Saints immediately made Philly pay. A 66-yard drive highlighted by Benjamin Watsons 27-yard reception led to Ingrams TD from the 4 for a 20-7 lead. Thats when the Eagles finally made a dynamic play with the ball, DeSean Jacksons leaping 40-yard catch over Corey White. NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy scored from the 1 on fourth down to make things close. Jackson helped make it closer with a 29-yard punt return that set up Alex Henerys 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, cutting the Saints lead to 20-17. Another 40-yard completion, from Brees to seldom-used Robert Meachem, led to Grahams 35-yard field goal, setting up the frantic finish. Jackson was the central figure in setting up Ertzs go-ahead score, drawing a 40-yard pass interference call on the beleaguered White. But Brees then guided the winning drive, disappointing Foles, who went to the same Texas high school as Brees and wears the same No. 9. "This doesnt feel good," said Foles, who led the NFL in passer rating and was 8-3 as a starter. "We wanted to keep playing. Its tough to lose. It hurts. But were going to keep building." Meanwhile, the Saints move on with confidence in a defence that held the NFLs top rushing offence to 80 yards -- McCoy had just 77 -- and their own ground game, which gained 185 without injured Pierre Thomas. "Just the fact they had confidence in me to carry the load, it says a lot," Ingram said. "People are going to talk, youll always have critics, have doubters. But my teammates know I go out there and bust my tail every day and thats all that matters." NOTES: Brees finished 20 for 30 for 250 yards and was picked off twice in the first half. ... Foles was 23 of 33 for 195 yards. ... Eagles TE Brent Celek injured his neck, but could have returned had the Eagles gotten the ball back late in the fourth quarter. ... New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis suffered a head injury in the third quarter and didnt return. [b]Jose Berrios Jersey[/b] . But the young forward is more than willing to shed a little blood if thats what it takes to make the team this season. "It caught me pretty good, dazed me for that shift, but I didnt want to be off the ice for too long," he said after practice, his lip still bleeding a little despite the plastic stitches holding it together. [b]Brian Dozier Jersey[/b] .com) - The Miami Heat stopped a four-game losing streak last time out and thats the same length slide their opponents Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets, will try to halt when the two teams meet at the Pepsi Center.Tonight, the Dallas Stars will be raising No. 9 to the rafters in honor of Mike Modano. The festivities begin this afternoon at 4:30 with an arrival event and “Green Carpet” ceremony in true Stars fashion and the ceremony itself begins at 6:00. The Stars have also released a book with limited quantities entitled "Nine: A Salute to Mike Modano" with 1,000 special edition copies personally autographed by Modano that have already sold out. We reached out to several of Modanos colleagues from his playing career to discuss their experiences with him. Bill Guerin, two-time Stanley Cup winner, four-time NHL All-Star and U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist: “Ive known Mike for a long time. We played in the World Juniors when we were 18 and were teammates in three Olympics and two World Cups. It was Mike in the middle, Keith Tkachuk on the left and myself on the right. Mike is the greatest American to ever play the game. He is an amazing hockey player and an even better person. We first met when I was playing in Springfield and he was playing in St. Albert and I couldnt believe the skill level of a player that age could be that high. He was better than everyone else, but so humble. It was amazing that he could be so great and also so grounded. Mike IS the Dallas Stars, so its fitting that they are retiring his number” Craig Button, TSN Scout and former Dallas Stars Director of Scouting (1992-98) and Director of Player Personnel (1998-2000): “Watching Modano raise the Stanley Cup over his head, the exhilaration and the emotion that you could feel was phenomenal. At that time, he was only the fourth first overall pick (since the universal draft began in 1970) to win the Cup with the franchise that had drafted him. Only Guy Lafleur (1971), Denis Potvin (1973) and Mario Lemieux (1984) were those who had donee it to that point. [b]Zach Duke Jersey[/b]. Ironically Lemieux and Modano faced off in 1991 when it was going to happen for the third time. There is an expectation that when you are selected first overall that you can change the fortunes of a franchise. Mike did that and his moment when he raised the cup I think embodied a lot of satisfaction in being able to do it.” Mark Janko, Dallas Stars Director of Hockey Administration and Director of Public Relations from 2005 to 2008. “The thing that people dont understand is how generous he is with his time with people. Hes been pulled in so many different directions over the years. We asked him to go to hospitals, kids carnivals, so many different things and he always stayed longer than he was required. He would stay for an hour when he was asked to stay for 10 minutes. He was the perfect athlete to sell the game to Dallas. The fans love him and he still lives in Dallas to this day. He wanted to sell the game in Dallas and did whatever he could to do it. People need to know how sensitive he is. He cares so much about others and about winning. He had tears in his eyes during his last game in Dallas, when he won the Stanley Cup and when he retired as a member of the Dallas Stars. He has such a tender heart, but also a warriors spirit. He cared so passionately and deeply about the type of person and teammate that he was. He came back from injuries faster than expected because he worked so hard to do it. He had God-given ability and worked effortlessly to perfect it.” Theres no shortage of great sentiment when it comes to Modano and theres no doubt about whether tears will be shed tonight during this incredible honour. These reflections about Modano are great, but none of them compare to the greatness of his hairdo and babyface on the day of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.Cheap Braves Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Mariners Jerseys Cheap Athletics Jerseys Cheap Angels Jerseys Cheap Astros Jerseys Cheap Twins Jerseys Cheap Royals Jerseys Cheap Tigers Jerseys Cheap Indians Jerseys Cheap White Sox Jerseys Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys Cheap Rays Jerseys Cheap Yankees Jerseys Cheap Orioles Jerseys ' ' '