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Philadelphia Eagles’ Nate Sudfeld in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Michael Perez


Staff WriterWhy this is their BIGGEST game of the season

NFC divisional round playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 4:35 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles (13-3) are the top seed in the NFC. Depending on how the wild-card round playoff games pan out, they will host No. 6 seed Atlanta, No. 4 Carolina or No. 5 New Orleans in their first playoff game since 2013. The Eagles have not won a playoff game since the 2008 season.

Evaluating the Eagles

Observations from the 6-0 loss to Dallas on Sunday that ended the regular season

Punter Donnie Jones: Should be nicknamed Captain Sweatpants.

Running back LeGarrette Blount: Earned $300,000 bonus.

Quarterback Nick Foles: Needs more practice with the first-team offense.

Cornerback Sidney Jones: Finally got the chance to play.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith: Drops have been a real problem.

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld: Solid NFL debut.

Evaluating The qBs

Foles struggled in his brief appearance, though Smith did him no favors with his drop on the first drive.

Foles moved the ball OK during that series,but did very little in the next three.

Sudfeld was much more effective in his NFL regular-season debut, though he also failed to produce a touchdown. The Eagles were shut out at Lincoln Financial Field for the first time in 12 seasons.

THREE-and-out with coach Doug Pederson

After Sunday’s game

Q: Are you concerned with what you saw from Nick Foles?

A: I’m not concerned. I still have a lot of confidence in our offense. It’s not one person. There is enough (blame) to go around.

Q: Because the game was meaningless, did you hold anything back on offense?

A: We kept it as vanilla as possible. We kept our formations and some of the plays very basic, very training-camp-like.

Q: Is there anything you can say to the fans to ease their anxiety?

A: First of all, two weeks from now, we full expect the stadium to be rocking with Eagles fans. Our fans have been great all season long.

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