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Published: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:15:59 GMT
Ashley Fox | Team shows perfect mettle
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This is why they are the greatest. This is why they will go down as the most dominant, the most determined and, yes, the most clutch team of this or any era - better than the 1972 Miami Dolphins, better than the '85 Chicago Bears, better than the '98 Minnesota Vikings.
Ashley Fox covers the NFL for The Inquirer.
Scouting Scouting the Saints
Record: 10-6, NFC South champions. Won opening week at Cleveland, 19-14; won at Green Bay, 34-27; beat Atlanta, 23-3; lost at Carolina, 21-18; beat Tampa Bay, 24-21; beat the Eagles, 27-24; lost to Baltimore, 35-22; won at Tampa Bay, 31-14; lost at Pittsburgh, 38-31; lost to Cincinnati, 31-16; won at Atlanta, 31-13; beat San Francisco, 34-10; won at Dallas, 42-17; lost to Washington, 16-10; won at the N.Y. Giants, 30-7; and lost the regular-season finale to Carolina, 31-21.
Key matchup Key Matchup
All week the Eagles players and coaches have praised the play calling of Saints head coach Sean Payton. They weren't just blowing smoke. Payton is imaginative and specializes in getting mismatches on the field.
How they match up How They Match Up
Eagles offense vs. Saints defense
The Eagles showed they could win last week despite a less-than-stellar performance from quarterback Jeff Garcia (17 of 31 passing, 153 yards, 1 TD, 79.1 passer rating). They will need better against the Saints. Eagles receiver Donté Stallworth didn't play against his former team in New Orleans' 27-24 win on Oct. 15 because of a hamstring injury. His presence should add a dimension against a Saints defense that allowed 26 touchdown passes, 30th in the NFL.