It wasn’t pretty down the stretch as the New Orleans Saints lost three of their last five games. But a Week 17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thrust the 11-5 Saints into the playoffs, and now that they're here there is only one goal.
The Saints’ opponent, well that may be a two-fold answer.
NFC playoff seeding has New Orleans traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. But recent history sets this up as not only a Saints battle with the Eagles but also a battle with the team’s road woes.
The Saints achieved perfection at home but finished 3-5 on the season away from the Superdome. New Orleans will not only have to best Philadelphia, but any lingering doubts it can win on the road. And if the losing road record this season wasn’t bad enough, consider also that the Saints have never won a road playoff game in the franchise’s history.
That said, history is only a paper foe. This game is going to be played on the football field, and the winner of this game will win more matchups than its opponent.
Who has the edge in these matchups?