NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Eagles come to New Orleans red-hot, winning six of their last seven games. But, the problem with this weekend, is they're coming to New Orleans. The Sean Payton-coached Saints are 5-0 in the playoffs at the Dome.
“It’s a tough place to play when you have a good team. But if you went back and looked at the records in the Dome prior to ’06, 3-5, 3-5, 4-4, 3-5, 3-5 with the playoff win. Not too long ago here it wasn’t too tough a place to play when we were struggling. I think part of that is what kind of team you’re fielding and when you get the combinations of a good team and then the crowd noise and then you have something,” said Sean Payton.
Dome-field advantage will be a big plus for the Black and Gold Sunday, and having No. 9, Drew Brees, also keeps you in any contest.
“I think one of the great traits that he’s always had is rising to the occasion. He’s extremely competitive. He’s someone that knows how to win and I think that playoff games at home are one indicator, but there have been plenty of situations with playoff games on the road or big home games that aren’t playoff games, where he’s played at such a high level. Fortunately, it’s a playoff game and it’s a home one. So, I think that’s part of the things that make him special," said Payton.
Saints and Eagles kick things off Sunday at 3:40 p.m.