Divisional round opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
The New Orleans Saints will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional round Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3:40 p.m. The Eagles are led by head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles.
The New Orleans Saints learned with certainty who would be their opponent for their NFC Divisional playoff game with 10 seconds left in Sunday’s Wild Card game between sixth-seeded Philadelphia and third-seeded Chicago, and it's a familiar face.
The Eagles, with a 16-15 victory over the Bears, will make their second trip to New Orleans in seven weeks.
New Orleans (13-3), the top seed in the NFC, will play the Eagles on Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 3:40 p.m.
The Eagles will enter on a four-game winning streak, capped by Chicago’s missed field goal – Cody Parkey’s 43-yard attempt hit the left upright and crossbar before bouncing back into the end zone – and led by quarterback Nick Foles, last year’s Super Bowl MVP.
Foles has started each of the last four games in place of Carson Wentz, who has a fracture in his back. Foles completed 25 of 40 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions, on Sunday. He threw the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 56 seconds left.
New Orleans ran roughshod over Philadelphia (10-7) on Nov. 18, posting a 48-7 victory that pushed the Eagles into desperation mode in order to reach the playoffs. The Saints ran their winning streak to nine games – it topped out at 10 – and operated on all cylinders.
Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. The Saints ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries, with Mark Ingram accounting for 103 yards and both scores on 16 carries. Defensively, the Saints sacked Wentz three times and intercepted three passes, by Marshon Lattimore (one) and Chris Banjo (two).
But since then, the Eagles have had the quarterback change necessitated by injury, and the defense has improved enough to have allowed a total of 15 points in its last two games.
In the last four games, the Eagles have beaten the Rams, Texans and Bears – all division winners. And Foles has completed 112 of 153 passes for 1,228 yards and eight touchdowns, with five interceptions.