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Eagles are still mad from Week 11 Saints loss and want revenge | ‘They ran up the score’ -
In the third quarter, Saints running back Mark Ingram scored a touchdown with 5:34 remaining. Not long after, Ingram and Saints offensive stars Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were shown via the stadium’s video board dancing on the sideline. At that point, the Eagles went down 38-7. The Saints made sure to score 10 more points for good measure, including on a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kamara. The Eagles haven’t forgotten any of that. It will be on their minds this week as they prepare for a rematch on Jan. 13 in New Orleans in an NFC Divisional playoff matchup. “We didn’t play well at all,” Eagles left tackle Jason Peters said. “They ran up the score. We wanted them again, we got them again. “This time, hey, we coming,” the future Hall-of-Famer added. “It’s definitely not going to be the same outcome.”

The “Double Doink” shirt is here to help you cherish the Eagles’ win over the Bears - BGN
Cody Parkey’s kick got tipped by Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester before hitting the left upright, bouncing down to the crossbar, and then falling harmlessly to the grass at Soldier Field. And just like that, THE EAGLES WON! Now you can cherish this exhilarating memory with a new shirt from our friends over at BreakingT. You can [CLICK HERE] to get yours.

The Kist & Solak Show #65: Eagles Upset the Bears! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to the 6-seed underdog defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles upsetting the 3-seed Chicago Bears in bonkers fashion! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bears playoff game - PhillyVoice
The ‘Pop the Champagne’ Award: Jason Peters. Peters is in his 15th season in the NFL. He has played in 192 regular season games, and now four playoff games. Sunday’s win over the Bears was the first time Peters has ever played in a playoff win. Long overdue for one of the best players in franchise history.

Just Enough - Iggles Blitz
This was a game with a lot of heroes. Nigel Bradham played his best game of the year. He had 7 solo tackles, 2 TFLs and 2 pass deflections. The entire defense tackled really well. The Bears didn’t have short throws or runs turning into big plays. Cre’Von LeBlanc made a few key plays. He might be earning the nickel spot for 2019 with the way he’s playing. The O-line shut down Khalil Mack. He had a TFL, but no sacks and no big plays. Alshon Jeffery had 6 catches for 82 yards and made some clutch grabs. Dallas Goedert caught a TD pass in the third quarter and had a critical catch and run on the go-ahead drive. Jordan Matthews drew a long PI call that set up Goedert’s TD.

The day after: How Nick Foles and Doug Pederson cooked up the game-winning TD in wild-card win over Bears - The Athletic
I think Pederson deserves a ton of credit. That’s four straight playoff games (going back to last year) where the Eagles have won as underdogs. This season could have gone sideways at multiple points — particularly after losses to the Saints and Cowboys. But the team culture has remained a strength, and Pederson has shown the ability to adjust. The Eagles had opportunities to take firm control of the game in the first half, but Foles threw a pair of interceptions. The final touchdown to Tate is a perfect example of why studying an opponent’s tendencies is so important. The players have to execute, but Pederson and the coaches have played a major role in the Eagles turning their season around.

The Eagles’ impossible Foles decision: Can they afford to lose him? - ESPN
The objective answer is no, but reality might leave the Eagles with an imperfect choice. They can control Wentz’s rookie contract for two more seasons. Foles, however, has a rare mutual option in his contract for 2019, meaning the Eagles can keep him if they want to pay out a $20 million salary. And even if they do, Foles can void the option by returning $2 million of his original signing bonus. It’s difficult to imagine the Eagles giving up on Wentz or wanting a $20 million backup quarterback. Nor does it seem likely that Foles would return just to sit when he almost certainly would have multiple options to start elsewhere. But he already has learned the fallacy of greener grass; he nearly retired after a failed run as a starter for the St. Louis Rams in 2015. Foles might be the rare player for whom a backup job in the right place is preferable to a starting role in a bad environment.

Late TD Drive And A Double Doink Keeps Eagles On A Roll! -
“I was talking a lot of trash to Cody Parkey, just hoping he would miss it or something,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “Hester did a great job getting his hand on the ball. Honestly, I knew we were going to win that game somehow. Even though it took a bunch of tries on the goal line, I knew our offense would get a touchdown and then we’d be on the field as a defense to win the game. Even when we gave up a big play, I knew something was going to happen in our favor to help us win that game. You’ve just got to keep believing. This is a game of inches and, literally, that came down to every inch that we had.”

Refocused, NFL Wild Card Round: Philadelphia Eagles 16, Chicago Bears 15 - PFF
Nigel Bradham was important to the Eagles’ defense slowing down the Bears’ running game. Bradham recorded seven tackles and most of which where stops that put the Bears’ offense behind the sticks. Bradham was also used a lot to prevent Mitchell Trubisky from running wild from the pocket, forcing the Bears signal-caller to make plays in the air. The Eagles’ defensive scheme was to compress the pocket and not allow Trubisky to move the ball with his legs. The Eagles’ secondary held up for the most part against the Bears. Outside of Avonte Maddox, the Philly secondary locked down their position and didn’t allow easy completions.

Eagles 16, Bears 15: Magical run continues with dramatic wild-card win - NBCSP
This was such a team win. That’s my biggest takeaway from Sunday. Everybody in uniform contributed in some way, and that’s what you need to win a road playoff game against a great team. It wasn’t just about Nick Foles and Fletcher Cox. There was forgotten Golden Tate with the game-winning touchdown. There was Tre Sullivan knocking down a pass. There was Cre’Von LeBlanc with a huge third-down tackle short of the sticks. And so on. An incredible team win, and Doug Pederson and his coaches deserve so much credit for having the the entire roster ready for a really tremendous challenge.

The Eagles are embracing their underdog status again, and that makes them dangerous - Daily News
And, now, someone asked him: Are the Eagles really underdogs? Does that term capture what you’re really all about, or are you just a team whose excellence is based on its mental toughness? “No, that’s what it is,” Jernigan said. “If you follow the Philadelphia Eagles and you follow our story, and you follow this whole season, that’s who we are. Every week, even before the season got here, they were already saying we were going to be a four- or five-loss team. Ain’t nobody on our side. It’s us. We feel like it’s us versus everybody, point blank. That’s just what it is.” By now, if everybody is favored against the Eagles, everybody should be worried. They won their first championship last season, after losing their MVP-candidate starting quarterback and a host of other key players. They lost six of their first 10 games this season – a stretch capped by a 41-point loss to their opponent in next Sunday’s divisional round, the New Orleans Saints – fell to 6-7 after an overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, lost Carson Wentz again, and have wielded their unique brand of magic since. Foles has shepherded them to four straight victories, and the Bears themselves opened the door for the Eagles to enter the postseason by wiping out the Minnesota Vikings in the final week of the regular season, and only inches separated them from elimination Sunday night.

Wildcard Postgame: Eagles slowly squash out the Bears dreams in 16-15 defensive swat-off - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears picked the wrong week to quit avoiding injuries. Trey Burton couldn’t wait a few weeks for his mysterious groin activities that ruled him out for today. Eddie Jackson only managed to get healthy enough to get active but not to start. Biscuit ran around all season without straining a hammy. Impressive backup nickel Sherrick McMannis with a mystery booboo...ugh.

Saints Will Face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs - Canal Street Chronicles
New Orleans has eliminated Philadelphia the last two times the teams faced each other in the playoffs: a 27-24 home win in the divisional round in 2006 and a 26-24 road win (the first in Saints franchise history) in the Wild Card round in 2013. The Saints’ road to Super Bowl LIII starts now, as the team is surely now preparing for a much tougher challenge from an Eagles team that has improved since that November 18 meeting and is riding a four-game winning streak. However, this 2018 Saints team is on a mission to right the wrongs of 2017, notably that damn lucky play in Minnesota.

Eagles win nets Nick Foles $1 million bonus - PFT
Cody Parkey‘s miss was Nick Foles‘ gain. The reworked contract that the Eagles and the quarterback hammered out this offseason came with a lot of incentives to up his pay in the event he wound up as the team’s starter again this season and he cashed in on a couple of them on Sunday. Foles’ contract calls for him to earn $500,000 for playing 33 percent of the team’s snaps in a playoff game and another $500,000 if the Eagles win. Assuming he stays healthy over the next week, Foles should be taking home at least $500,000 more after the Eagles face the Saints.

The Winners and Losers From NFL Wild-Card Weekend - The Ringer
The Bears did not have to play Large Appendage Nick! If they lost Week 17, they would have played the Vikings instead of the Eagles. I’m pretty confident the Bears could have beaten the Vikings because … well, last week the Bears played the Vikings and kicked the living crap out of them. There was a point while Chicago was throttling the life out of Minnesota where the Bears should have said, “Hey, this team isn’t very good—maybe we should lose this game so we can get a playoff matchup against this team?” Instead they had the hubris to believe that winning would help them win in the postseason and played their starters for all 60 minutes of a game they should have lost.

8 winners and 7 losers from Wild Card Weekend in the 2019 NFL playoffs - SB Nation
HOW DOES HE DO IT?? Foles is now 4-0 in his last four playoff games. Obviously, it takes more than just the quarterback, but you cannot deny that Foles made the plays when the Eagles needed him to. Case in point, fourth-and-2 at the Bears’ 2 with a minute left to play, the Eagles are down to their last chance. The Bears are on the verge of one of the greatest goal-line stands in franchise history. But Foles would not be denied. He found Golden Tate for the touchdown to give the Eagles a 16-15 lead that they would not give up.


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