The Saints enter the contest after a banner 2013 campaign that saw the club bounce back from a 7-9 record in 2012. Under the direction of Coach Sean Payton, the Saints opened the season 5-0 and went 9-3 against NFC opponents.
New Orleans closed the regular season playing a complementary style of football that it will look to carry into the postseason. The Saints were the only club to be ranked in the top five in the NFL both offensively and defensively, finishing fourth in both categories
New Orleans finished with the league’s No. 4-ranked offense (second in passing). Quarterback
Several skill players also provided the fireworks. Tight end
On defense, New Orleans was also ranked fourth, as they allowed an average of 305.7 yards per game, includ- ing second against the pass. Compared to last season’s 440.1 yards allowed per game, the improvement of 134.4 yards per game was the greatest improvement in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
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Under first-year Coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Nick Foles in his first year as the team’s starter, the Eagles im- proved from 4-12 to 10-6 and captured the NFC East title. The Saints and Eagles have met twice before in the postseason, splitting the two meetings.