NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Saints were trailing the Eagles, 14-0, in the second quarter, and facing fourth-and-one from their own 30. They needed a spark, and Taysom Hill was just the guy to deliver it.
The Saints practiced the fake punt all week, and it worked to perfection. Hill took the snap from the up-back spot, and easily got the first down gaining four yards on the play.
The Saints would capitalize on the fake punt, with a Drew Brees to Keith Kirkwood 2-yard touchdown. Gutsy calls like this one by Payton, eventually won the game for the Black and Gold.
“Each one of those is kind of calculated. Mike (Westhoff, special teams coach)) felt good about the look we were receiving. I trust Taysom a lot. He’s a powerful runner and generally the looks that are somewhat favorable also come with some risk. Especiallywhere we were in the game. I know it was early in the game and still, similar to New York (Giants) if you will, when we needed to shift momentum. We were able to fortunately taking advantage of it. It was really based on the looks we saw during the game," said Payton.
“They kept both their defensive tackles in the tight-A gap, and Fletcher (Cox) was a little late getting lined up. That was one of the things that kind of triggered in my mind, and I thought we could catch them off guard. Our linebackers that were playing guard right there, they fired off the ball," said Taysom Hill.