Video: Saints’ Marshon Lattimore picks off Nick Foles in the clutch
There will be a new Super Bowl champion this year. That’s after the New Orleans Saints doubled up on the Philadelphia Eagles this season, beating Nick Foles and company at home on Sunday to the tune of a 20-14 score. That’s also after Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore pulled off the biggest defensive play of the matchup with an interception off of Foles with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
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It was a classic case of being at the right place and at the right time for Lattimore, who caught the loose ball that went through the hands of Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery and returned it for a total of 14 yards.
Lattimore’s pick was all it took for the Saints to take the air out of the Eagles, who were still very much alive in the contest at that point. Prior to Lattimore’s heroic play, Saints kicker Will Lutz missed a field goal that would have put the Saints ahead by nine points with a little over five minutes left. His miss left the door wide open for the Eagles only for Lattimore to shut it close a few plays later.
The Saints got 301 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees, while the team’s backfield came up with 137 rushing yards on 31 carries. None of what they did, however, will likely be as remembered in New Orleans than Lattimore’s clutch play.
The Saints will take on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC title game next week.