The Eagles play their first playoff game in three years tonight, hosting the New Orleans Saints. Fans say they’re ready to bring the heat to frigid Lincoln Financial Field.
Timing can be everything in football. Especially when it comes to a precise, rhythmic offense like the New Orleans Saints.
The Eagles finished the season 10-6 as NFC East Champions and hosts of a wild-card playoff game Saturday night against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, accomplishing more than anyone could have dreamed of in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach.
There will be a game within a game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, when the Eagles host the New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
Call it playing with house money, call it anything you would like, the Eagles have every right to call 2013 a very successful season no matter what happens 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Crunching the numbers, some glaring differences emerge from the debacle under Andy Reid in 2012 to the transformation the Eagles have taken under Kelly.
Halfway into the season, Eagles were sitting at 3-5 and appeared dead in the water. Kelly saw this team pull together even tighter.
Chip Kelly couldn’t have been more clear, the day after the Eagles beat the Cowboys to win the NFC East.
With a spot in the postseason on the line on the road, the Eagles shined under pressure. It was not a great overall performance, but in a de facto playoff game nothing should have been easy.
Here’s the complete wrap up of a wild and crazy week 17.
The Eagles won the NFC East Division by escaping Dallas with a 24-22 victory Sunday night.
The Eagles (9-6) need a win or tie over the Cowboys (8-7) to clinch their first division title since 2010 and secure the No. 3 seed. The loser goes home.
Nick Foles and Kyle Orton were backup quarterbacks when the season began. On Sunday night in Dallas, they’ll line up under center as starters with the NFC East Championship at stake.
Who would have predicted 54-11, Eagles, at the start of that game last Sunday?
The WIP Morning Show was on vacation Friday, but 94WIP’s Howard Eskin filled in and gave his Winners and Weasels for the week of December 27th, 2013.