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Eagles hope for different result in New Orleans

Written by Craig Rhodes and the Associated Press | Jan 13, 2019 8:31 AM
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

(New Orleans) -- It's round two of the NFL playoffs for the Philadelphia Eagles.

They're in New Orleans today to take on the high-powered Saints in the Superdome.

It was just two months ago when New Orleans embarrassed the Eagles at the dome 48-7.

Quarterback Drew Brees led the rout with 360 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles says they are a different team now.

"When we looked back, we learned a lot about ourselves.  I talked about it the other day.  There was never once when we pointed a finger at one-another.  We continue to gain strength.  We continue to believe in each other and trust each other,.. even in a game like that that didn't go our way.  Our team stuck together and I think that tells you a lot about the people that work here," Foles said.

Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Eagles could derive extra motivation from the perception that New Orleans ran up the score when they met in November.

Payton says the prospect of elimination with a loss or advancement to the conference title game with a win should inspire maximum effort from both teams. 

The Los Angeles Rams will either host the Philadelphia Eagles or head to New Orleans to take on the Saints for the NFC crown and a spot in the Super Bowl.

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