Saints' Last-Second Field Goal Sinks Philadelphia Eagles, And The Grades Are InA last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
Philadelphia Eagles In Mostly Good Health Heading Into postseasonThe Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles Prepare To Face Drew BreesDrew Brees can be patient behind a steady offensive line. The Eagles struggled to bring a pass rush on Kyle Orton many times on Sunday night, so look for the defensive line to try and correct that this week against New Orleans. Easier said than done of course.
Packers Hope To Avoid Deja Vu Against NinersThe Green Bay Packers pulled off a huge win to make the playoffs, but now they have to face off with the San Francisco 49ers. They will have to work to prevent a repeat of what happened when these two met last season.
Belichick A Possible Candidate For NFL Coach Of The YearThe 2013 season might be the best performance of Bill Belichick's coaching career.
Eagles Prepare For Saints Wild Card BattleDrew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Heisman Watch: Jameis Winston The Slam Dunk, Five Others Playing For SecondThe Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday evening in New York City. Winston’s name should be at the top of the list as college football’s most impressive player from the start of the season through the championship games. Everything else after that is purely a guess.
College Football Spotlight: Ohio State Is Going To Pasadena, But For Which Game?It feels weird to suggest that an undefeated Ohio State team could have absolutely no shot to play in the national championship game, but that is the reality staring down at the Buckeyes right now following the release of the latest BCS standings Sunday night.
Coach Smith Praises Falcons, Improves On Mistakes Atlanta will surely sit down and analyze the mistakes that left them on the losing side of a hard-fought battle with the New Orleans Saints. Will they learn from last week and ensure that they don’t start the season off 0-2?
Falcons Blow Lead, Unable To Complete ComebackJust like against San Francisco in last year’s NFC Championship game, Atlanta built up a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, only to give it away in the end. Atlanta also had a chance to win the game but came up short.
Falcons Preseason Hustle Results In Extra Padding In Some PositionsThis weeks practices at Flowery Branch saw players who did not practice but are expected to be starting Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and some backup players who earned a spot through their hard work during the preseason.
Sean Payton Is Back To Claim NFC South Bragging Rights Against AtlantaComing off of the 2012-13 season, the Atlanta Falcons heard criticism about their somewhat soft schedule. Although this week's opponent, the New Orleans Saints, finished 7-9 last season, they are not a team to take lightly and Atlanta should not expect a "Big Easy" win this week.
Final Thoughts On The 2012 Atlanta FalconsIt's tough to consider a team that finished the regular season 13-3 as not having lived up to expectations. Some would say that since Atlanta finally won a post season game for the first time in nearly a decade, the season was a success. Others would argue that because of the way Atlanta finished the season, it should be considered a disappointment.
Falcons Self Destruct And Shut Out In Second HalfLike last week against Seattle, Atlanta started out strong but couldn't put the game out of reach for their opponents. Unlike last week, it cost them a victory this time.
Falcons' Roddy White Needs to Back Up His Words with His Play On the FieldDon't run your mouth unless you're going to be able to back them up 100 percent on the field. Roddy White is a prime example of this type of situation, but he can usually live up to things. This Sunday, he's going to have to make sure that he lives up to every single word he says.