It took an iced kicker and a field goal that hit the uprights to keep the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs. Still, the drive for two is still in full swing for Philly.
Sunday, the Eagles will have a huge test as they battle the New Orleans Saints. The Saints roll into this game with a 13-3 record, which is tied for the best record in the NFL. Overall, the Saints won the division by six games.
Philadelphia finished the season a game back of the Division, entering the playoffs as the sixth seed. New Orleans is the number one seed in the NFC.
The Saints and Eagles met in week 11 back in November. The Eagles were no challenge for New Orleans. The Saints easily bounced the Eagles, 48-7. In that game, Carson Wentz threw for 3 interceptions. Drew Brees tossed four touchdowns and 363 yards. Mark Ingram rushed for 103 yards while Tre’Quan Smith put up 157 yards as well. It was a bloodbath. Will the same be true in this game?
Nick Foles has been the savior and this weekend he’ll have another chance to prove why he is a god in Philadelphia. If Foles can finish this game with a victory, the city of Brotherly Love may as well erect a statue in his honor. Foles matched his two interceptions with two touchdowns, but also passed for 266 yards in the Wild Card victory.
The Division round has not been nice to New Orleans in recent seasons. Over their past three playoff appearances, the Saints were bounced in the Division Round. Since winning the Super Bowl in 2009, New Orleans have not made it past the Division round.
Ted Ginn missed the Saints’ last game but is expected to play against the Eagles. Alshon Jeffery and Golden Tate appear to still be dealing with lingering injuries but are probable to play. Jeffery is fighting injured ribs while Tate is trying to combat a knee injury.
Does Philly have something up their sleeves? No doubt they are huge underdogs, but that’s what makes this game special. If the Eagles can pull off this victory, it would be legendary.