Sproles has only played in one conference championship, the 2007 AFC title game against the Patriots as a member of the San Diego Chargers, and has never played in a Super Bowl as he was out last season for the entire playoff run with a torn ACL.
In order to get to get to the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles will have to slow down an old friend of Sproles’ in former teammate Drew Brees. The quarterback is an MVP candidate this season with 3,992 passing yards and a league-leading completion percentage of 74.4 percent and quarterback rating of 115.7. He set the NFL record for career passing yards earlier this season in the Week 5 win over Washington.
“We’re real close. We work out together in the summertime. In the offseason, we’re just around each other. When I was down there, we got close,” Sproles said. “The way he works, he’s just a smart player. He watches a lot of film so whatever you show him, he already knows what’s coming.”
The talent of the Saints’ defense flies under the radar next to a prolific offense. The Saints rank second in the NFL in stopping the run and give up an average of just 80.2 yards per game on the ground. In the Eagles’ Week 11 loss, they were held to 60 total rushing yards.
Sproles picked up just 21 rushing yards against a tough Bears defense last Sunday. The Eagles’ three backs had a total of 43 yards combined. Sunday may be another tough game where it will be a dogfight to gain an inch.
But Sproles is focused on winning in what he said in July would be his final NFL season. Expect him to be ready to roll on Sunday in the Superdome.
“Their defense is fast, physical, they make a lot of plays,” Sproles said. “We will go watch the film and stuff of last week. The thing is last week, they were real stout in the middle. So, with our runs, we can’t be too fast with our cuts. We have to be patient. We’re going to see.”