Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Earlier this decade, the Philadelphia Eagles became regulars in the NFC Championship Game. But they were winning divisions, and they were certainly winning more than nine regular-season games. On Monday, Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked if things felt different this time around.
"You know, someone asked me that and I probably didn't do a very good job of answering that yesterday. It's different, probably, from the standpoint, there's a different feeling that you carry during the year when you are the No. 1 seed. I'm not sure you're expected to win. There have been a handful of games this year that we were not expected to win, so that makes it different. But I think the base mental state of the football team is the same from the standpoint that the guys have maintained faith in each other. You see them on the sideline encouraging each other. Those are all kind of crucial ingredients to get to this point. They have done that throughout the whole season even with the record being different and with there being a slim chance at one point of getting into the dance here. They maintained that all the way through; that positive, upbeat, encouraging one another."