NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a score to lead the New Orleans Saints to a much-needed win, 28-13 over Michael Vick and the reeling Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
The Saints (3-5) bounced back from a dismal 34-14 loss at Denver, also got a 22-yard touchdown run from Chris Ivory.
Philadelphia (3-5) lost its fourth in a row, which is sure to keep the heat on Vick and embattled coach Andy Reid. Vick threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter, but that was about the only highlight for the visiting team.
The Eagles had first-and-goal four times and managed only two field goals by Alex Henery.
Brees completed 21 of 27 passes for for 239 yards, connecting on touchdown passes to Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham.
Vick was 22 of 41 for 272 yards. He was sacked seven times.
But it was the first-quarter interception that set the tone.
Vick’s pass went off the hands of tight end Brent Celek – right into the arms of Robinson, the right cornerback. He took off down the sideline in front of the shell-shocked Philadelphia bench, matching Darren Sharper’s franchise record.
Vick was the only guy who had a chance at Robinson, but he instead took a low shot at Saints safety Roman Harper, who was setting up to deliver a block for his teammate.
Perhaps the biggest blunder for the Eagles other than Robinson’s pick was a brilliant trick play on a kickoff return. Riley Cooper laid down in the end zone, then popped up to take a cross-field lateral from Brandon Boykin, streaking down the sideline for an apparent touchdown. Only one problem – Boykin’s lateral was actually a forward pass, ruining the play with a penalty.