Saints respecting Philadelphia’s championship pedigree

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In most cases, it would be hard to respect a team you beat by six touchdowns earlier in the season, but when your first playoff game is against the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints have no choice but to give the Philadelphia Eagles a pass.

Back in week 11, the Saints beat the visiting Eagles 48-7 in their largest margin of victory since 2012. A lot has changed since then, primarily Nick Foles now starting for Philly. They’ve gone on to win six out of their last seven games following that defeat.

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That’s why you won’t find anyone in the Saints locker room overlooking the biggest underdog of the weekend. Saints Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins said, “They’ve been there. They’ve been to that mountaintop. So they’re not going to come in here and do anything differently or go about things in a special way, they know what it takes to get there. And that’s hard work and that’s continuing to do what we’ve done all year, which is attack each team with a great plan and execute.”

Saints linebacker Demario Davis said, “They’re the defending champs. And so it’s no surprise that they’re clicking on all cylinders this time of year. They won it all last year and that was no accident, so we’ve got to be firing on all cylinders cause it’s a really good team coming in.”

The Saints and Eagles kick things off at 3:40 p.m. Sunday on Fox.



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