Although running an up-tempo offense, Kelly has repeatedly said he doesn't care about time of possession. What he cares about is turnover differential and explosive plays. In their 10 wins, the Eagles had a plus-18 turnover ratio. They also set an NFL record with 98 plays of 20 or more yards.
Strike quickly. Protect the football. Generate turnovers on defense. The Eagles have done that.
Now they get a Saints team that, although dangerous, is decidedly different on the road versus at home. At the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans went 8-0 and averaged 34.0 points per game, 339.8 passing yards per game and 103.5 rushing yards per game. Drew Brees threw 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
On the road, the Saints went 3-5 and averaged 17.8 points per game, 275.0 passing yards per game and 80.6 rushing yards per game. In eight road games, Brees threw 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Although Brees has the most postseason experience of any quarterback in the NFC side of the draw, he has never won a road playoff game.
The Eagles went through a 10-game stretch dating back to last season in which they couldn't win at home but turned it around and have won their past four at Lincoln Financial Field.
Against Rob Ryan's New Orleans defense, Philadelphia will need to do a better job of protecting Foles than it did against Dallas. Foles will need to do a better job getting rid of the football quickly than he did against the Cowboys. But it has set up nicely for the Eagles to get their first playoff win since the 2008 season, when they reached the NFC Championship Game and lost to Arizona. After that first win, anything can happen.
"I told those guys the first time I met them that I thought this is a special group," Kelly said. "I can't tell you how much they've made this transition for me coming from college to the pros. It's those guys. Everything we asked them to do as a staff, from the first day we got there on April 1 until tonight, they bought in. It's an awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they've worked and see it pay off. The results are you're 10-6 and division [champions]. It's a real credit to those guys. They didn't flinch."
Neither did Kelly. He won. He delivered a division championship to Philadelphia I didn't see coming. Now, anything is possible. I was wrong.