The final game of divisional weekend is perhaps the most interesting. The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are traveling to New Orleans to take on the No. 1 seeded Saints, and the two teams’ strengths match up incredibly well in order to set them each up for success.
The Saints were damn near unbeatable at home this season, racking up a 6-2 record at the SuperDome (with one loss being in the regular season finale where Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara didn’t play), while the Eagles were only 4-4 away from Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are coming off a road win in one of the least friendly environments in all of football, though, and it seems pretty safe to say they’re comfortable playing playoff games pretty much anywhere at this point.
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In the first matchup between these two teams, the Saints practically blew the Eagles off the field, winning 48-7 in a game that was somehow nowhere near as close as the final score. Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins has referred to that game as the low-point of the team’s season, but all the team has done since then is reel off six wins in seven games, with the lone loss being an overtime game against the division rival Cowboys on the road.
The Saints pretty much kept on rolling since that game, hitting a speed bump only against those same Cowboys. They even got their offense back on track by breaking out of a mini-slump with 31 points against the Steelersin the second-to-last week of the season.