Game day

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FROM THE COVER -

■ Who: Philadel­phia Ea­gles at New Or­leans Saints

■ When: 1:40 p.m. Sun­day

■ Where: Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome, New Or­leans

■ TV: KVVU-5

■ Line: Saints -8; to­tal 51½

re­fer­ring to Sun­day’s re­match in the di­vi­sional round of the NFC play­offs. “Are you go­ing to play harder” be­cause of a per­ceived slight?

Still, Pay­ton ex­pects a more com­pet­i­tive af­fair than the Saints’ 48-7 blowout of the Ea­gles on Nov. 18, which gave Philadel­phia the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of be­com­ing the first reign­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion to lose by that wide a mar­gin in the fol­low­ing reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Ea­gles (10-7) ap­peared to be sink­ing fast when their loss in New Or­leans dropped them to 4-6. But they’ve ral­lied to win six of seven since, in­clud­ing a road vic­tory against the Los An­ge­les Rams that helped New Or­leans (13-3) cap­ture the con­fer­ence’s top seed.

“They’ve kind of been in a play­off role re­ally go­ing back to those games, need­ing to win to get in,” Pay­ton noted. “So it’s im­pres­sive.”

Now the Ea­gles, who opened as 10-point un­der­dogs this week, can ruin the Saints’ Su­per Bowl dreams with a sec­ond straight road upset.

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