Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are getting ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional round.
The veteran quarterback spoke yesterday, about the plans of his team, potential threats which might harm them, and the solutions for overcoming them.
But the large part of his media session was dedicated to his high school alumni, and the last year’s Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Brees is a huge fan of Foles, and a great admirer of his previous work. He doesn’t hide that. Maybe because of their mutual high-school or because of something else, the XLIV Super Bowl champion and the MVP of the same, has only words of praises for Foles.
“He’s always been a pretty calm, cool customer. You look obviously at what he was able to accomplish last year and certainly what he’s been able to accomplish this year during the latter part of the season,” Brees said of Foles. “He makes plays and I think he’s got a lot of confidence in himself.”
One of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game, and the No.1 on the all-time passing yardage list spoke about Foles’ composure in crucial moments, when he and his team are facing a huge pressure and “do or die” situations. He mentioned the “Philly special” case from the last Super Bowl, and the most recent example, against Chicago.
Eagles reached the two-yard line, but they couldn’t get the football into the end zone after three downs. Now, most of the quarterbacks would be frozen in those moments, but not Foles, who routinely found Golden Tate in the end zone, and brought the lead to the champions, 16-15. For Brees, it was the ultimate proof of Foles’ quality and his cool.
“Like I said, I think he’s a pretty calm, cool, collected guy,” he said. “I think for him any of that stuff I’m sure was water off a duck’s back. He does not seem to be bothered by that kind of thing.”
On the other side, Nick Foles has nothing but kind words for his opponent too. Philadelphia’s QB mentioned Brees’ influence on the community and all his good work in the past when it comes to charities and helping others. Of course, there is no need to speak about his playing skills. They are already famous.
The one thing Foles did emphasize was the Westlake high school connection these two guys have. Setting aside the current position and the fact that they have to play against one another, Foles stated that he and Brees are always going to be Chaparrals, no matter what happens.
“We’ll always be Chaparrals for life and I know there’s going to be a lot of people in Austin watching this game.”
The game between the Saints and the Eagles will be played this Sunday. New Orleans leads 2-1 in the all-time playoff series against the reigning champions. The most recent contest between two franchises took place in 2013 when Saints defeated the Eagles in Philly, 26-24. Nick Foles led his current team back then, during his first stint here.
The two sides already met once during this season, back in Week 11, when New Orleans humiliated their rivals with 48-7 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It appears that the home field advantage brings an enormous edge to the Saints who still haven’t lost in Big Easy since Drew Brees and Sean Payton teamed up. They have 5-0 in those games.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia relies upon their tough defense, who improved a lot since the catastrophe here. In the last six events of the regular part of the season, Eagles’ allowed only 19.5 points. Plus, they have Foles, who is a clutch guy who likes playoffs. That is something entirely different than having Carson Wentz on the field.