Saints offense, Eagles defense among the NFL’s best in clutch situations (1 Viewer)

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune)

By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The winner of the Sunday’s NFC divisional round matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints might depend on the situation.

Situational football, that is. And few, if any, have been better in the NFL this season than the Saints offense and the Eagles defense when it comes to rising to the occasion in clutch moments.

Offensively, the Saints ranked No. 7 in the NFL on third down, No. 4 in red-zone efficiency and they led the league in goal-to-go efficiency. The Eagles’ defense ranked No. 6 on third down and led the NFL in both red zone and goal-to-go efficiency.

“Football games come down to one, two or three plays a game,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

“Situationally, these playoff games get decided,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “How you do on third down, defensively and offensively, how you do in the red area, are you settling for field goals or holding the opponents to field goals? I think those areas, specifically, will be important in this game.” ...

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