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NFC Divisional Playoffs: Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

by Alexander Banks on Friday, January 12th, 2007

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans SaintsThe Philadelphia Eagles, winners of the NFC Eastern Division and NFC South champs New Orleans Saints will battle it out in a NFC Divisional Playoff round Saturday in the New Orleans Superdome with a primetime kickoff at 8 p.m. on Fox. 

The Eagles march into New Orleans after defeating the Giants in the wild-card round with a last-second David Akers field goal. Of course, Philadelphia was the victim of a game-winning kick when the Saints knocked off the Eagles in Week 6. 

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As winners of the NFC East in five of the past six seasons, the Eagles are no strangers to the playoffs. Not so for the Saints, who are in the postseason for the first time since 2000. Even their head coach is a rookie, but Sean Payton has been largely credited for the Saints' turnaround from a 3-13 record in 2005, earning him Coach of the Year honors. 

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The game will be the second between the Saints and Eagles this season. Back on Oct. 15 The Saints hosted the Eagles and came out on top 27-24. In the game it appeared the Eagles would come out victorious when Reggie Brown ran for an eight-yard touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter for the Eagles' third straight touchdown and putting  them ahead after falling into a 17-3 halftime deficit.. Their fate changed, though, when Drew Brees connected with Joe Horn on a 48-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The deep pass tied the game and shifted the momentum. The Saints capitalized on it by stopping the Eagles on their next possession. Brees and company then drove 72 yards on 16 plays to set up John Carney's game-winning field goal. The drive ate up the final eight minutes, 26 seconds of the clock. 

Defeating the Saints at home in front of the raucous New Orleans home crowd will be a tall task for the Eagles, but it all comes down to the players. The Saints players do comprise the NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense. Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush and maybe the best offensive line in the league. It will take all the Eagles have to handle them and the rest of the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome on Saturday. 

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The Saints are favored at home in the Superdome by a -5.0-point chalk with the total set at 49. New Orleans split 4-4 against the spread in front of the home crowd on the season as well as split on totals bets with OVER and UNDER each taking four games. On the season, Saints backers cashed in 10-of-16 games the team played. 

The Eagles cashed in eight games ATS on the season with seven non-covers and one push. The OVER also cashed in eight games the Eagles played in totals bets with seven OVER cashing and one push. The UNDER has cashed in the last three games the Eagles played. 

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