The New Orleans Saints offense struggled in the first half as the Philadelphia Eagles grabbed a 17-0 lead in quarterback Jalen Hurts' first start Sunday, Dec. 13 at Lincoln Financial Field.
On their opening four possessions, the Saints went three-and-out, missed a 45-yard field-goal attempt, went three-and-out and quarterback Taysom Hill threw an interception. The Saints finished the half with 98 yards.
Hurts, starting in place of Carson Wentz for the Eagles (3-8-1), had a strong start. The second-round draft pick was 12 of 21 for 129 yards with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery and ran the ball seven times for 75 yards. The Eagles got their second touchdown on an 82-yard run by Miles Sanders with 1:35 left in the half.
New Orleans (10-2) has won nine consecutive games and a win Sunday would give the Saints their fourth consecutive NFC South title.
Philadelphia will get the ball to start the second half.