NFL playoff preview: Prolific offenses face off when Saints, Eagles tangle

Published: Friday, Jan. 3 2014 9:16 p.m. MST

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While the Foles-led Eagles have been remarkable, they have not been truly tested this year. In all three of the losses that the Eagles had with Vick as the starter, Philadelphia was facing a team that has since gone on to make the playoffs. Since Foles took over the starting job, the Eagles have only faced one playoff team, the Green Bay Packers, a team that was without MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the time.

The Saints are easily the biggest test that Philadelphia will have faced since Vick went down, and their second-ranked pass defense should give Foles some problems.

New Orleans is seeking its first-ever playoff win on the road. It will be especially tough this year, considering how the Saints have played on the road versus how they have played at home. New Orleans is 8-0 at home this year, averaging 34 points per game, whereas on the road, it is just 3-5 and has averaged only 17.8 points per game.

While the Saints have struggled on the road, Brees should get help from Philadelphia's pass defense, a squad that gave up the second most yards per game in the entire NFL.

An interesting fact: both Foles and Brees, the opposing quarterbacks, attended Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.
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