FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Sunday Sports - - PLAYOFFS -

1 AN­OTHER AGE­LESS WON­DER

If the Saints and Pa­tri­ots meet in the Su­per Bowl, both teams will be led by a quar­ter­back in his 40s. Drew Brees hits the magic num­ber on Tues­day and, like Tom Brady, he isn’t show­ing his age. HIs 74.4 com­ple­tion per­cent­age this sea­son was the high­est in NFL his­tory. In 13 ca­reer play­off games, he’s thrown for 4,209 yards with 29 TD passes and nine in­ter­cep­tions.

2 SAINT NICK

Can Ea­gles QB Nick Foles pull an­other rab­bit out of the hat? Foles beat the Bears despite throw­ing two first-half in­ter­cep­tions. He is now 10-2 as a starter since 2017 (in­clud­ing play­offs). In five ca­reer post-sea­son starts, he has thrown for 1,432 yards with 10 TDs and three in­ter­cep­tions for a 105.2 passer rat­ing. He’ll need more than a dou­ble-doink to keep his magic go­ing against the Saints.

3 WHAT’S THE RUSH?

The Saints have a dy­namic 1-2 punch in the run game with Alvin Ka­mara, who was sec­ond in the NFL with 18 TDs and Mark In­gram, who had 97 yards rush­ing and a TD in his lone play­off game against the Ea­gles in 2015. Rookie Josh Adams is the Ea­gles’ lead­ing rusher with 511 yards.

4 SIM­PLY THE BEST

Maybe it’s be­cause he plays catch with Brees, but Michael Thomas doesn’t seem to get enough credit. All he did this sea­son was lead the NFL in catches with 125 and set a fran­chise record for re­ceiv­ing yards with 1,405. In two ca­reer play­offs, the big 25-year old has 15 catches for 216 yards. While Zach Ertz and Al­shon Jef­fery pro­vide fine pri­mary tar­gets for Foles, Thomas is the best re­ceiver in this game.

5 RE­TURNS OF SPRO­LES

Ea­gles vet­eran RB/re­turner Dar­ren Spro­les spent three years with the Saints (2011-13) and could have an im­pact against his old team. The elu­sive 35-year-old, who missed all but six games dur­ing the sea­son to in­jury, has three TDs in his past six games.

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