FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
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.