(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Saints are hoping to get in the win column on the road in the playoffs as they prepare for Saturday’s NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Headed into Saturday, the Saints are 0-5 all-time in playoff contests away from home. The Eagles went 4-4 this season at home and second-year quarterback Nick Foles finished the year 8-2 after being named the starter.
Saints head coach Sean Payton was asked on Wednesday about how they’ll prepare for Foles.
“I think number one, you see someone that is playing with a very good awareness, confident, gets rid of the ball. I think he is very accurate,” Payton said. “When you start seeing the big plays they’ve had and the play action passing game, the screen game, then there is that juice that every player involved in the progression believed I can get the ball on this play.”
“I think he has done a great job of delivering and keeping receivers on the move with the accurate location as opposed to stopping him with a throw that maybe isn’t located as well. I think you see all those things on film, his poise. I think that has been significant when you watch him,” Payton continued.
Foles will have the task of matching points with Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“He’s a guy I’ve watched and learned from,” Foles said on Wednesday. “He’s done a lot of great things throughout his career, on and off the field, and he’s a great role model for fellow players, kids and adults.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN