The road challenge

The Eagles head to Giants Stadium today on the heels of victories by the visiting team in both of Saturday's Divisional Playoff games. Arizona knocked off Carolina and Baltimore beat Tennessee. Thus far, the road team has won four of the six NFL playoff games, including the Eagles' win at Minnesota last week.

Winning on the road, obviously, is not as impossible as it once was in the playoffs.

* Prior to this year, since 2003, the travelers have a repectable .420 winning percentage, significantly higher than the .262 winning percentage on the road the previous 13 years.

* Twice in the last five seasons, road teams have gone through the playoffs with a record of .500 or better (6-4 in ’05, 5-5 last year). Only once in the previous 13 seasons did road teams even reach .500 (5-5 in 1992).

* Since 2003, the road teams are 10-12 in the divisional round, including yesterday's two games.

* Sixth seeds are now 2-10 all-time vs. No. 1 seeds in the divisional round, thanks to a win by the Ravens. Those six seeds are 2-1 in the AFC against the 1s. The top seed in the NFC is 9-0 against the sixth seed.

Now, some numbers relating to the Giants and Eagles:

* The Giants were 7-1 at home during the regular season (although Carolina was 8-0) and the Eagles were 3-4-1 on the road.

* The Eagles a 2-3 in the playoffs on the road under Andy Reid, including last week's win.

* No team has beaten the Giants twice in the same season at Giants Stadium, according to our good buddy Ralph Vacchiano, who covers the Giants for the New York Daily News. This will be the10th time a team has played at the Meadowlands twice in the same season.


An Eagles victory would send them to Arizona for the NFC Championship Game next Sunday at 3 p.m. And how likely was that when the teams met on Thanksgiving night at the Linc?

If the Giants win, New York hosts the Cardinals, who were 0-5 on the East Coast and had only four wins, including last week's wild-card victory, outside the terrible NFC West before manhandling Carolina on Saturday night.


The Daily News massive preview section on Friday had the selections from our crew.

Here is the link, so you can check them out.


1. Eagles RT Jon Runyan vs. Giants LDE Justin Tuck: Tuck has 12 sacks. Runyan is playing on a bum leg and probably will need some help. ADVANTAGE: GIANTS

2. Eagles SS Quintin Mikell and WLB Akeem Jordan vs. Giants TE Kevin Boss: Eagles held Boss to one catch for 5 yards in last meeting. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

3. Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley vs. Giants RB Brandon Jacobs: Eagles have held last eight opponents to 3.3 yards per carry. ADVANTAGE: EAGLES

To read Paul Domowitch's full scouting report, click here.

And, of course, keep checking back with Eagletarian throughout the day with updates from Les Bowen at Giants Stadium and plenty more.