By Tucker Bagley
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead in New Orleans, but allowed the Saints back into the game. Entering the half, the Birds still lead, 14-10. Here’s what happened in the first 30 minutes of the Divisional playoff game:
It’s hard to play a better half of football than the Eagles did today. Even the Saints lone scoring drive featured a fake punt and two fourth-down conversions. The Eagles defense has stymied Brees for the most part and Foles has been masterful, outside of his lone interception. The Eagles just need to regroup at the half and remain motivated. There is still 30 minutes of football left and it doesn’t take much to get Brees and company started.
Second Half X-Factor: The Secondary
The Eagles have built a big lead in the first half, but Brees is still standing on the other side of the ball. The Saints gameplan was to target Leblanc, who has responded with an interception, but the Bears exposed the Birds’ young secondary in the second half and Brees seems to have found a favorite target in Josh Hawkins, who was beat on Keith Kirkwood’s touchdown.
If the Eagles are still front-running in the second half, the secondary has to remain disciplined and limit big plays.