A season-ending injury to MVP candidate Carson Wentz opened the door for Nick Foles, who was once the Eagles quarterback and then traded to the Rams where he floundered and may have been headed to scrap heap.
Now he’s headed to the Super Bowl after an amazing 26-for-33 passing performance that included three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 38-7 rout of the Vikings Sunday night in the NFC title game.
Foles spread the ball around to seven different receivers, finding tight end Zach Ertz eight times for 93 yards and Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith five times apiece for a combined three touchdowns.
He threw the ball here, there, everywhere and with accuracy after showing mobility in the pocket.
The Vikings plan was to make Foles beat them with his arm, and he did — soundly, Keith Groller of the Allentown Morning Call reports.
“We didn’t want to play with fear, we wanted to play aggressive,” Foles said. “We knew we could make some big plays. We missed some early, but it didn’t change our game plan. We were just going to go out there and play and we executed at a high level.”
“I haven’t even had time to comprehend what is going on, to be honest,” Foles said. “I don’t know if I ever will. When I was up on that stage [during the NFC trophy presentation] that’s something that you dream about as a kid.”
While the defense did its part to turn around the momentum after Minnesota scored on its opening possession, Foles and the offense were unstoppable most of the night against the league’s top-ranked defense.
After a punt on their first series, the Eagles scored on five of their next six possessions.
How could he explain this performance? How could he explain his career turnaround?
“In sports, everything is a process,” he said. “Everything you do in life is a process. You work at it and you can’t give up. When you have a bad outing everyone wants to be very critical and I get that it’s part of the media’s job. I totally understand. But as players, the special thing is no one in the locker room doubted me. Everyone just kept believing.”
“This has been a crazy journey with everything that has gone on,” he said. “When you look at it in detail with all of the obstacles, all of the injuries, it’s a testament to the coaches that we have.”
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