Birds in the Big Easy

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Andy Schwartz Of The Morn­ing Call BUTCH DILL/AP FILE PHOTO

Here’s what you need to know about to­day’s con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal matchup with the Saints: THE VITALS Who:

No. 6 seed Ea­gles vs. No. 1 seed Saints

When: Where:

Kick­off is 4:40 p.m. Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome (ca­pac­ity: 74,295)

Fox — Broad­cast­ers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager

WIP-FM 94.1 or WCTO-FM 96.1 — Broad­cast­ers: Mer­rill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin

How to watch: How to lis­ten: Na­tional Ra­dio:

West­wood One WTKZ-AM 1320 — Broad­cast­ers: Kevin Har­lan, James Lofton, Ross Tucker


The win­ner faces the Dal­las Cow­boys-Los An­ge­les Rams win­ner next Sun­day in the NFC Cham­pi­onship at 3:05 p.m. on Fox.


The Ea­gles are 8-point un­der­dogs, per BetO­, and the over/un­der of to­tal points scored by both teams is 51. The Ea­gles’ big­gest upset, based on point spread, of the last 20 years? That came in Week 15 this sea­son when, as 13.5-point un­der­dogs, they stunned the Rams, 30-23, in Los An­ge­les.


The Ea­gles lead the all-time se­ries 17-14 and are 8-6 against the Saints in the Su­per­dome, in­clud­ing play­offs. The Ea­gles are 1-2 in the play­offs against the Saints.


Run the ball, con­trol the clock and keep the Saints’ high-pow­ered of­fense off the field. The Ea­gles are 7-1 this sea­son when run­ning for at least 100 yards, with the only loss com­ing to the Ti­tans in OT.

Drew Brees (9) and his New Or­leans Saints were 13-3 in the reg­u­lar sea­son, in­clud­ing a 48-7 vic­tory over the Ea­gles in Novem­ber.

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