Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.

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What Nick Foles taught Carson Wentz - and Eagles coach Doug Pederson | Marcus Hayes

Wentz, the franchise quarterback, has spent the last few weeks of the past two seasons watching his backup win big by letting the game come to him. Can Wentz learn how to do that?

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The Eagles lost to the Saints in the playoffs, but they had no business getting there in the first place | Marcus Hayes

Two months ago they were left for dead here, then again at Dallas three weeks later, but they made something out of a nothing season. The Eagles never should have seen the second round of the playoffs, but nobody bothered to tell them that.

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Quick observations: Key drive for Saints, play that changed the game for the Eagles | Marcus Hayes

Nick Foles looked like Big Game Nick on the Eagles' first two drives, but looked like a backup quarterback for much of the rest of the game.

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So you’re telling me there’s a chance: How the underdog Eagles can upset the Saints | Marcus Hayes

Improved play by the Eagles' cornerbacks will present the Saints with a much stiffer challenge than they faced in their 48-7 win Nov. 18.

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How a baker’s son helped the Eagles’ playoff run to Saints by impersonating the NFL’s elite pass rushers | Marcus Hayes

Undrafted rookie defensive end Joe Ostman has been mimicking the league's best pass rushers to help the offensive line prepare, and he's been brilliant at it.

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Nasty Eagles O-line rises to muzzle J.J Watt, Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald on march to New Orleans | Marcus Hayes

They limited Jadeveon Clowney, Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen, too, as Saints star Cam Jordan looms, but "We’re clicking when we need it most,” said Lane Johnson.

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Legend of Nick Foles grows as he becomes highest-rated NFL playoff passer ever in Eagles’ win over Bears | Marcus Hayes

Another game, another fourth-quarter, game winning drive. Where have we seen that before?

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Quick observations from the Eagles' playoff win over the Bears: Nick Foles does it again

His fourth-quarter comeback drive adds to the legend, and other things that mattered on Sunday.

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Can the Eagles handle Bears' Khalil Mack and the new Monsters of the Midway? | Marcus Hayes

Chicago's latest outstanding defense has four Pro Bowl players and three All Pros, but what they do in January and beyond will cement their legacy.