The Eagles' unlikely playoff run continues this afternoon in New Orleans, where they’ll take on Drew Brees and the No. 1 seed Saints in the Superdome.
Most NFL experts don’t seem to be giving the Eagles much of a chance, and it’s hard to blame them, considering the Saints blew out the Birds, 48-7, back in November. Just one of our Eagles beat writers thinks the Birds will win, and every single NFL expert from both CBS and ESPN picked the heavily favored Saints to win Sunday.
But NFL analyst and former head coach Tony Dungy is still high on the Eagles, and was the only member of NBC’s crew to pick the Birds to upset the Saints on Football Night in America.
“That dome gets rocking. Sean Payton is going to come out offensively with quick rhythm, quick tempo, try to bury them early,” Dungy said. “But Philadelphia has to withstand that opening salvo. And I really believe, if they’re in the game after 10 minutes, watch out for the Eagles and Nick Foles.”
Dungy was a loyal Eagles backer during last year’s Super Bowl run, calling them a “team of destiny.” And last week, he picked the Eagles to upset the Bears in Soldier Field, which they did thanks to Cody Parkey’s miraculous “double doink” blocked field goal, which bounced off the uprights in the final seconds of the game.
“The only thing that worries me is if they beat Chicago, they’ll have two games against really top offensive firepower in New Orleans and Los Angeles, probably,” Dungy told the Inquirer and Daily News last week. “But they’ve already done it once in Los Angeles, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.”
Here’s everything you need to know to watch today’s game:
When: Sunday, Jan. 13
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Time: 4:40 p.m. kickoff
TV: FOX (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager)
Radio: 94.1 WIP (Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin)
Spanish radio: La Mega, 105.7 FM (Rickie Ricardo, Gus Salazar)
Streaming: FOX Sports app (requires cable authentication), FuboTV, NFL GamePass, YouTube (all require a subscription)
Mobile: NFL Mobile app and Yahoo Sports app (free on smartphones and tablets within the Philadelphia market)
Referee: Tony Corrente
As with every game, staff writers Zach Berman, Jeff McLane, Les Bowen, and Paul Domowitch will be covering all the action live on Twitter. Our Eagles live blog, moderated by Jonathan Tannenwald, will launch around 4:20 p.m. Notes and observations about the game will be at philly.com/eagles and in our Early Birds newsletter.
On the NFL Network, NFL GameDay Morning begins at 9 a.m., hosted by Rich Eisen and fearing analysts Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner, and Michael Irvin. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport will provide live updates throughout the morning.
ESPN will preview both of today’s playoff games with a special Postseason NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. hosted by Sam Ponder. She’ll be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Woodson, and Louis Riddick, with Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter providing live updates.
Eagles Pregame Live kicks off at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ (due to Sixers Postgame Live) with Michael Barkann, Barrett Brooks, Seth Joyner, and Ray Didinger. Eagles Postgame Live will air immediately after the game on NBC Sports Philadelphia, followed by End Game with Marc Farzetta, Brooks and Joyner.
NBC10 will air Eagles GamePlan at 1 p.m. with John Clark, Ike Reese, and Mike Quick, followed by Eagles Gameday Kickoff at 1:30 p.m., hosted by Danny Pommells. At 2 p.m., the station will air the two-hour live news special NBC10 News Special: Defend the Ring.
FOX 29 will air Fox 29 Gameday Live at 10 a.m., featuring Bill Anderson, Gary Cobb, Kristen Rodgers, and Howard Eskin. Good Day: Game Day — a special Eagles edition of Good Day Philadelphia with Mike Jerrick, Alex Holley, Bob Kelly and Sue Serio — will air at 2 p.m. FOX NFL Sunday, hosted by Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, will air at 4 p.m. They’ll be joined by analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, and Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, with updates from NFL insider Jay Glazer.
• Jeff McLane asks if Carson Wentz is healthy, should he be Nick Foles’ backup?
• So how can the Eagles win today’s game? Marcus Hayes explores.
• David Murphy writes that pressuring Nick Foles remains the focus for the Saints' defense.
• The Saints will move the ball, but Zach Berman wonders if they will be effective in the red zone.
• Alvin Kamara is keeping his mouth shut about the Eagles after eyebrow-raising comments last summer.
• Saints head coach Sean Payton denied running up the score earlier this season against the Eagles, despite going for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter with a 31-point lead.
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 6
Eagles show reminders of Super Bowl team in win over Atlanta Falcons
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16
Ryan Fitzpatrick, DeSean Jackson use big plays to haunt team marred by injuries
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23
In 2018 debut, Carson Wentz relies on defense to come through in clutch
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30
Eagles drop to 2-2 as defense can’t stop Marcus Mariota in overtime
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7
Penalties, turnovers plague Birds in rare home loss
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11
It took until Week 6, but the Eagles finally played to expectations
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21
Birds give up 17-point lead in fourth quarter for worst collapse in years
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28
Birds escape London with important win
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11
Birds fall to 4-5 in an important NFC East game
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18
Birds embarrassed in New Orleans with worst loss in more than a decade
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25
Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal keeps Birds alive in the NFC East
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 3
Carson Wentz stars as Birds show signs of life in big NFC East win
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9
Birds lose in overtime to fall to 6-7 and spoil their hopes of first place
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16
Thanks to Nick Foles, Birds keep postseason hopes alive after upset win
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23
After wild fourth quarter, Nick Foles and Jake Elliott keep playoff hopes alive
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30
After dominant win, Birds are in playoffs and will face Bears
NFC Wildcard: Sunday, Jan. 6