Saints Win on the Road
Three former Sooners squared off on Saturday night, but it was Curtis Lofton and Kenny Stills of New Orleans that emerged with the 26-24 victory over Lane Johnson and the Philadelphia Eagles.
In helping the Saints to their first road playoff win in franchise history, Stills caught three passes for 35 yards, while Lofton made four tackles, including a tackle for loss.
Stills caught his first pass on the game’s opening drive for an eight-yard pickup. His second grab of the contest came late in the first half as he hauled in a 13-yard reception on a first-and-10 play at the Philadelphia 41 yard-line. Four plays later the Saints trimmed the lead to one point with a field goal, making it 7-6 at intermission.
Midway through the third quarter, Stills caught his final ball of the game. It was a 14-yard gain on third-and-12 to keep the drive alive. Already leading 13-7, the drive ended with another touchdown to push the New Orleans lead to 20-7.
Lofton’s first tackle of the game was a stop on Philadelphia tight end Brent Celek in the first quarter, resulting in a loss of eight yards at the Saints’ 15-yard line. A New Orleans sack came on the next snap and two plays later Alex Henery missed a 48-yard field goal for the Eagles.
Lofton picked up another stop in the second quarter and two more in the fourth quarter.
For Philadelphia, Johnson started at right tackle like he had all season. He provided a key block on LeSean McCoy’s one-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, trimming the lead to 20-14.
Sooners Sent Home
A pair of Sooners saw their seasons come to an end on Wild Card Weekend.
Playing at home as the No. 3 seed, Jermaine Gresham and the Cincinnati Bengals were upended by San Diego, 27-10.
Gresham did what he could, finishing with seven catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. The seven receptions were the second most of his career, trailing only a nine-reception effort against Indianapolis on Nov. 14, 2010.
After catching a 10-yard pass earlier in the drive, Gresham caught a four-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter. He closed out the half with a 13-yard reception which helped set up a Bengals field goal to give them a 10-6 lead at the break.
In the second half, Gresham caught four more passes for 37 yards.
Donald Stephenson started at right tackle for Kansas City but the Chiefs were unable to maintain a 28-point lead in the third quarter before ultimately falling to Indianapolis, 45-44.
Saturday, Jan. 11
No. 6 New Orleans (Curtis Lofton, Kenny Stills) at No. 1 Seattle, 3:35 p.m. CT, FOX
No. 4 Indianapolis at No. 2 New England, 7:15 p.m. CT, CBS
Sunday, Jan. 12
No. 5 San Francisco at No. 2 Carolina (Frank Alexander), 12:05 p.m. CT, FOX
No. 6 San Diego at No. 1 Denver, 3:40 p.m. CT, CBS