Underdogs again, Eagles surface familiar script

Underdogs once more, the Philadelphia Eagles enter the playoffs hoping to follow the script that made them Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history 11 months ago.”You hope so,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “This is a different season now. You’re in the postseason. Expectations increase. Speed of the game, gets faster. We benefit from last year, being in the postseason. Even our new additions have been in the postseason. Everyone is coming in with a clean slate. The momentum thing — you try to keep it going. That’s why you don’t change a whole lot.”Pederson is again riding with backup Nick Foles, who set the team record for completion percentage — 72.3 percent — and carried the Eagles to three consecutive wins to force the playoff door open. He completed 25 consecutive passes against the Washington Redskins last week before leaving with bruised ribs. The injury will not be a factor this week, Pederson said.Foles, who started the first two games of the regular season while starter Carson Wentz was recovering from knee surgery, also played the entire postseason last year. Pederson said it’s now very clear which calls on the play sheet he likes, especially after his current three-game run.”He understands the game plan, gets in that room and studies. In my case as a play-caller, I can dial up the same play again in a game somewhere, and then it’s familiar for all the guys. It comes from his understanding of the offense, knowing where everyone is going to be. He gets the ball out fast,” Pederson said. “Understanding down and distance, situations in the game. And also he’s been very accurate with his throws.”

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