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Wulf's Den: The Eagles Go To School - Bo Wulf,
Surely you remember the hit. It was the Divisional round of the 2006-2007 Playoffs between the Eagles and Saints, the most recent playoff meeting between the two sides. On the Saints' first offensive drive, their second play from scrimmage, Drew Brees swung a screen pass to running back Reggie Bush in the flat. In a flash, up came Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown to deliver the flattening heard round the NFL. "That's the hardest hit I've ever seen," said Trent Cole, after a maniacal laugh. "That I've ever, ever seen. I'm talking about, have you ever seen a man look like a folded lawn chair? He looked like a folded lawn chair. It looked like Sheldon went over there and folded that lawn chair up.

Brian Dawkins is against rewarding the Cowboys for their mediocrity - Jimmy Kempski,
"He's trying to get his team into the playoffs because they can't get past .500."

Defending the Saints - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Drew Brees is a Hall of Fame QB. Sean Payton might be the best playcaller in the NFL. Jimmy Graham is one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the league. Calling him a great TE is too limiting. Darren Sproles is another dynamic weapon. Marques Colston is an outstanding big receiver. Lance Moore is an outstanding slot receiver. And so on. The Saints were 4th in the NFL in total offense. So how do you go about stopping them?

The underrated units of the NFL playoffs - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
It seems difficult to believe that a team with the "fourth-worst defense" in the NFL, giving up nearly 400 yards per game, could have gone 10-6. And that’s because in actuality, when you take into account everything they do to impact the scoreboard, the Philadelphia Eagles defense hasn’t been the fourth-worst in the NFL.

Birds' turnaround started with 2012 draft - Zach Berman, Inquirer
And that's what differentiated the 2012 draft for the Eagles - or at least it's how the organization explains it. The front office did not become preoccupied with need or fit after the disastrous 2010 and 2011 classes, when the Eagles either reached for or misevaluated players. They selected prospects they thought were most talented, and the result is a group that has keyed a postseason run one year later. "The bread-and-butter of our team has got to be the draft," Roseman said. "We feel really good about our process. It started with 2012."

NFL - Mel Kiper's 2013 NFL All-Rookie team - ESPN
Lane Johnson makes Kiper's all rookie team.

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Saints Predictions - Birds 24/7
McManus: Eagles 28, Saints 20
Kapadia: Eagles 27, Saints 26

BGN's Mike Kaye On Sports Radio 930 AM WFXJ Jacksonville, FL - [Audio]
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Eagles vs. Saints 2014: BGN Radio Playoff Preview
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