In his final press conference before Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Falcons, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters about the impact that Eagles fans will have on the outcome and the difficulties their excitement level brings for opponents.
"One of the goals every team in the National Football League has at the beginning of the season is to have at least one home playoff game and then hopefully you get two. In our case, we hopefully have two," Pederson said Thursday morning.
"We want teams to come into our stadium to feel our fans and to feel the excitement and to feel the noise and to feel everything about Philadelphia. I've been a visiting player coming into this stadium in a playoff-type atmosphere and it's tough to play because our fans are loud from the opening kickoff to the last whistle of the game. This is obviously what we expect Saturday afternoon. Our fans will be a huge influence on the game."
The team held their final full practice of the week over at Lincoln Financial Field. Cornerback Sidney Jones and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe were the only players limited on Wednesday.
For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones was on the practice field for the first time Thursday after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle injury.
Kickoff will be here soon enough. It's time to put the pads on and determine who advances inside the white lines.
"I shouldn't have to say anything for this game," Pederson said. "The energy level, the juices will be flowing. It's been a couple of weeks since we've been on the field. It's a different feel and I have no doubt our guys will be ready to go."