Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. He also caught a one-yard touchdown on a trick play late in the second quarter and was named the MVP of the game. Foles put quite the exclamation point on his improbable season with a spectacular performance against the Tom Brady-led Patriots, helping lead the Eagles to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The 29-year-old connected with Alshon Jeffery on a beautiful 34-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone for the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter, and he gave Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime lead when he caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Trey Burton just before intermission. He'd go on to add a 22-yard scoring dart to Corey Clement and then spearheaded a game-winning 14-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 remaining that survived replay review. Foles finished the regular season having completed 57 of 101 passes for 537 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while filling in for Carson Wentz (knee) following the latter's season-ending injury, and he was even better in the postseason, throwing for a combined 725 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in the conference championship and Sunday's Super Bowl. Despite the fairy-tale ending, Foles, who's on the books for a $7.6 million cap hit next season, projects to revert back to his backup role whenever Wentz is back to full health.
Foles said his ribs are "great" in the aftermath of Sunday's 38-7 win against the Vikings, Daniel Gallen of pennlive.com reports. During the NFC championship game, Foles was on the receiving end of some hits from the Vikings defense, which prompted "precautionary X-rays," per the quarterback. Adding credence to his assessment, his name wasn't mentioned among the few Eagles on the first injury report related to the Super Bowl, according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Foles enters the season finale on a two-game hot streak in which he completed 78 percent (49 of 63) of his throws, averaged 9.5 yards per attempt and tossed three touchdowns versus no interceptions.
Foles was tremendous in Sunday's 38-7 NFC championship triumph over the Vikings, completing 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Minnesota's defense was able to make Foles uncomfortable in the pocket early, but he did a great job of escaping and finding receivers downfield. He was most impressive on third down, converting 10 of 14 tries against a Vikings unit that had been historically proficient at getting off the field in such situations. Foles' touchdown passes of 53, 41 and five yards to Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Jeffery again, respectively, should have him brimming with confidence heading into the Super Bowl.
Head coach Doug Pederson reiterated Tuesday that Foles will be the Eagles' starting quarterback during the postseason, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports. Earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs afforded the Eagles a first-round bye, and they'll use it to regroup around Foles, whose effectiveness devolved in each of his three starts in place of Carson Wentz (knee). In Week 17 against the Cowboys, in particular, Foles completed four of 11 passes for 39 yards and one interception before handing the reigns to second-year signal caller Nate Sudfeld, who ended the day 19-for-23 passing for 134 yards. With two weeks to prepare, Foles and the Eagles will host the first game of the divisional round Jan. 13 at 4:35 p.m. ET.
Foles completed four of 11 pass attempts for 39 yards and one interception prior to his removal Sunday against the Cowboys. The team hardly deviated from their plan to give Foles about a quarter's worth of work. He managed an underwhelming 3.5 yards per attempt and nearly fumbled the ball away before throwing an interception on the next play toward the end of the first period. Foles shined in his first start after the injury to Carson Wentz (knee), but he totaled just 202 yards and one touchdown compared to two interceptions over his final five quarters of play. That said, he'll look to right the ship before Philadelphia hosts a divisional round game on Jan. 13 or 14.
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