Why this is their biggest game of the season
New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Eagles (10-6), Saturday, 8:10 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field
The third-seeded Eagles, who won the NFC East with a 24-22 victory at Dallas on Sunday, are in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. A victory over the sixth-seeded Saints would give them their first playoff win since the 2008 season and advance them to a divisional-round matchup at NFC South champion Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. Although the Eagles haven't won a home playoff game since 2006, the Saints have never won a road playoff game in their history.
Evaluating the Eagles
(Observations from the 24-22 victory at Dallas)
Wide receiver Jason Avant: Seems like his gloves are made of Velcro.
Cornerback Brandon Boykin: Rough start followed by a tremendous performance in the clutch.
Tight end Brent Celek: Needs a new touchdown celebration.
Safety Patrick Chung: Get well soon, Earl Wolff.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks: Made two big plays - a forced fumble and an interception.
Running back LeSean McCoy: First Eagle to win NFL rushing title since Steve Van Buren in 1949.
Evaluating the secondary
The defensive backs had an inconsistent game but came through with a couple of key plays down the stretch. Boykin gave up a long pass and was called for fair-catch interference earlier in the game but rebounded to knock a potential touchdown pass away from Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Boykin then clinched the win with his team-high sixth interception of the season in the final minutes. Cornerback Cary Williams came through with a diving, one-handed deflection on Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton's two-point conversion pass attempt to Bryant.
3-and-out with Chip Kelly
(After the game)
Q: How does it feel to win the NFC East?
A: It's an awesome feeling.
Q: Were you surprised at how close the game was?
A: The beauty of this game is that you can't script it. We just kept plugging away.
Q: How are the players feeling about the win?
A: They're excited, and they should be excited. I'm happy for them.
David Weinberg, 609-272-7186