After escaping a tight game against the New York Giants, the Eagles travel to New Orleans for a showdown with the Saints. It's the first playoff appearance for New Orleans since 2000 and the joint will be jumpin'.
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (10-6)
KICKOFF: Saturday, 8:00 ET
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 25th meeting. Eagles lead the series, 15-9. The Saints' 27-24 Week 6 win over the Eagles snapped a string of six straight wins over New Orleans, dating back to 1992.
2006 RANKINGS: Eagles: offense 2nd (11th rush, 3rd pass); defense 15th (26th rush, 9th pass). Saints: offense 1st (19th rush, 1st pass); defense 11th (23rd rush, 3rd pass)
Eagles: Andy Reid has a franchise-record eight postseason victories... Garcia has thrown 10 touchdowns with only two interceptions and a 100.4 passer rating in seven starts this season.
Saints: RB Reggie Bush set an NFL rookie record for running backs with 88 receptions. ... WR Marques Colston (1,038) is the first seventh-round pick to top 1,000 yards as a rookie.
WR Joe Horn was not able to take part in team drills again on Thursday, but remains questionable for Saturday night's game with the Philadelphia Eagles.
SS Omar Stoutmire, who has a knee injury that has sidelined him for three games, did not participate in team drills on Thursday after practicing Wednesday. He is questionable for the Eagles.
DT Hollis Thomas will likely start against the Eagles on Saturday night after being re-activated from the reserve/suspended list earlier this week.
K Billy Cundiff, who gets good height and length on his kickoffs, will handle those duties again Saturday night after being re-signed Tuesday.
Notes From The ‘Nest:
FB Thomas Tapeh didn't practice for the second straight day and will be a game-time decision. He is listed as questionable with a knee injury.
RB Correll Buckhalter, who backs up Brian Westbrook, would replace FB Thomas Tapeh Saturday if Tapeh's injured knee prevents him from playing.
RB Reno Mahe could get a few snaps Saturday night if injured FB Thomas Tapeh is unable to play and backup RB Correll Buckhalter has to move over to FB.
LT William Thomas has practiced all week despite a sore knee. He is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Saints.
RB Brian Westbrook is almost over the stomach problems that bothered him during Sunday's playoff game against the Giants. He rushed for a career-high 141 yards in the win.
PREDICTION: Eagles 30-27