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Back in the game: Foles leads Eagles past Rams 30-23

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it.

After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable Super Bowl MVP.

One season later in the same arena, Foles went back into Wentz's spot under center after three months without game action.

Foles promptly recaptured the magic, passing for 270 yards and confidently leading the Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Rams on Sunday night with plenty of help from his defense and his playmakers.

Foles' encore might not end in the Super Bowl again. It might not even include the playoffs. But after guiding Philadelphia to another win with a grace and poise belying his inactivity, the Eagles are thrilled to have him back in the game.

''It's been really emotional,'' said Foles, who went 24 of 31 with one interception. ''You hate for your teammate to get hurt. I feel really bad for Carson. ... What you've done in the past, what I've done in the past, it doesn't matter when you step on that field. It's a new day. So I was dealing with the emotions, but prepping as hard as I could, and then realizing I'm not alone. I have great teammates out there. All I have to do is spread the ball around, lean on them, stay in the moment, and we were able to do that tonight. Today was a huge win for us.''

Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and rookie Josh Adams ran for another score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay's tenure.

Foles hadn't played since Week 2, but Wentz is out with a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson declined to say whether Foles would start next week against Houston, but Foles' teammates know what they've got after he slipped right back into his old role in a simplified offensive game plan.

''That's a guy with true character,'' Smallwood said of Foles. ''We're just comfortable with him back there. We don't feel like anything has fallen off. We know he's going to step up there and do the job. We rode that guy and we stuck with him (last year), and he went out and played for us tonight.''

The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason, most likely from Carolina and Minnesota stumbling down the stretch. But they'll get an enormous boost from becoming the first team to beat the Rams twice under McVay.

''It's very satisfying,'' Pederson said. ''Our backs have been against the wall for the last few weeks. Hopefully this gives us momentum for the rest of the season. Our goals are still in front of us.''

The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter and then survived the Rams' late rally. After Philadelphia's Jake Elliott missed a field goal with 1:08 left, Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play - but he couldn't connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired.

Goff passed for 339 yards with two interceptions in the Rams' first loss at the Coliseum in seven games this season.

Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns - giving him an NFL-best 21 TDs this season - while catching 10 passes for 76 yards. But the superstar running back also accepted the blame for failing to get out of bounds on a catch inside the final 20 seconds, depriving the Rams of likely two additional shots at the end zone.

''We have to be able to figure this out and fast,'' McVay said. ''We are doing things that are uncharacteristic of us. Guys are making decisions and mistakes we typically haven't seen.''

The Rams already have won the NFC West title, and they still control their destiny for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4) right behind them. But Los Angeles also has produced three straight pedestrian performances since that epic 54-51 Monday night win over Kansas City last month and an ensuing bye week.

''It's good to go through some adversity at some point,'' said Goff, who hasn't thrown a TD pass since the first half at Detroit. ''Going through it now, and in the position we are in with the playoffs, we (still) have to be urgent about getting these things fixed. These things are very fixable.''

BIG TARGETS

Foles repeatedly connected with Alshon Jeffery, who had eight catches for 160 yards in the third-biggest game of his career. Zach Ertz had three receptions to become the fourth tight end in NFL history with 100 catches in a season.

INJURIES

Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox went to the locker room on a cart during the first half with a hip injury, but returned to the field before halftime.

Rams: Gurley missed several snaps in the second half with a knee injury, but returned.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 23. Houston can wrap up the AFC South with a victory.

Rams: Visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. LA shut out the Cardinals at the Coliseum in September.

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Key Players
W. Smallwood 28 RB
48 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 9 ReYds, 2 RECs
16
FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
48 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 76 ReYds, 10 RECs
23
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:06
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
30
23
Touchdown 4:06
T.Gurley up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
84
yds
2:12
pos
30
22
Field Goal 9:28
G.Zuerlein 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
10
plays
46
yds
4:45
pos
30
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:34
J.Elliott extra point is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
plays
yds
pos
30
13
Touchdown 1:34
W.Smallwood up the middle for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
12
yds
00:38
pos
29
13
Field Goal 3:17
J.Elliott 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
10
plays
52
yds
5:56
pos
23
13
Point After TD 10:28
J.Elliott extra point is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
plays
yds
pos
20
13
Touchdown 10:28
W.Smallwood up the middle for 9 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
59
yds
00:46
pos
19
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:04
G.Zuerlein 36 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
10
plays
57
yds
1:07
pos
13
13
Point After TD 1:07
J.Elliott extra point is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 1:07
J.Adams up the middle for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
3:31
pos
12
10
Field Goal 4:41
G.Zuerlein 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
8
plays
28
yds
4:51
pos
6
10
Field Goal 12:05
J.Elliott 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
10
plays
59
yds
4:16
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:16
G.Zuerlein extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-J.Hekker.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 1:16
T.Gurley left guard for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
80
yds
7:19
pos
3
6
Field Goal 8:41
J.Elliott 51 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Lovato Holder-C.Johnston.
9
plays
43
yds
4:49
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 31:36 28:24
1st Downs 17 23
Rushing 7 5
Passing 9 18
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-13 4-12
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 381 413
Total Plays 61 74
Avg Gain 6.2 5.6
Net Yards Rushing 111 82
Rush Attempts 30 18
Avg Rush Yards 3.7 4.6
Net Yards Passing 270 331
Comp. - Att. 24-31 35-55
Yards Per Pass 8.7 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-8
Penalties - Yards 6-49 5-50
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 3 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 3-52.3 3-52.0
Return Yards 29 29
Punts - Returns 1-13 2--2
Kickoffs - Returns 2-16 2-31
Int. - Returns 2-0 1-0
Kicking 6/7 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 3/4 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 3-5 -60% 2-6 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Eagles 7-7 31017030
Rams 11-3 7601023
270 PASS YDS 331
111 RUSH YDS 82
381 TOTAL YDS 413
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
N. Foles 9 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
77.4% 270 0 1 89.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69% 721 1 2 81.8
N. Foles 24/31 270 0 1 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
W. Smallwood 28 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 48 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 308 3
W. Smallwood 10 48 2 11 16
D. Sproles 43 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 64 1
D. Sproles 3 30 0 17 4
J. Adams 33 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 28 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 440 3
J. Adams 15 28 1 8 8
N. Foles 9 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 12 0
N. Foles 2 5 0 3 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jeffery 17 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 160 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 57 702 5
A. Jeffery 8 8 160 0 50 16
G. Tate 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 43 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 68 749 4
G. Tate 5 5 43 0 11 4
Z. Ertz 86 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 101 1038 6
Z. Ertz 7 3 22 0 11 2
D. Sproles 43 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 72 1
D. Sproles 4 3 16 0 6 4
D. Goedert 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 277 4
D. Goedert 2 2 12 0 10 1
W. Smallwood 28 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 182 2
W. Smallwood 2 2 9 0 5 16
N. Agholor 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 54 580 1
N. Agholor 2 1 8 0 8 0
J. Adams 33 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 25 0
J. Adams 1 0 0 0 0 8
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Douglas 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-7 2 0.0
R. Douglas 11-3 0.0 0 0
M. Jenkins 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
70-17 1 1.0
M. Jenkins 8-3 0.0 0 0
N. Bradham 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
61-26 0 2.0
N. Bradham 6-1 0.0 0 0
C. LeBlanc 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
C. LeBlanc 6-2 0.0 0 0
A. Maddox 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-6 2 0.0
A. Maddox 3-0 0.0 1 0
F. Cox 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-12 0 7.0
F. Cox 2-1 1.0 0 0
K. Grugier-Hill 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-12 1 0.0
K. Grugier-Hill 2-1 0.0 0 0
N. Gerry 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-9 1 0.0
N. Gerry 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Graham 24 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-13 2 0.0
C. Graham 1-2 0.0 1 0
T. Sullivan 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
T. Sullivan 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hester 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
T. Hester 0-1 0.0 0 0
H. Ngata 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 1.0
H. Ngata 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Long 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-8 0 4.0
C. Long 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Hector 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
B. Hector 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Elliott 4 K
12
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 3/3
SEASON FG XP
23/28 28/29
J. Elliott 3/4 51 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Johnston 1 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 51.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 48.5 23
C. Johnston 3 51.7 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Sproles 43 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
D. Sproles 1 2.0 2 0
S. Gibson 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 19.0 30 0
S. Gibson 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Sproles 43 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 8.8 14 0
D. Sproles 1 13.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.8% 339 0 2 66.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 4273 27 13 97.6
J. Goff 35/54 339 0 2 10
J. Hekker 6 P
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 19 0 0 63.5
J. Hekker 0/1 0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 48 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
256 1251 17
T. Gurley 12 48 2 21 23
R. Woods 17 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 141 0
R. Woods 1 19 0 19 8
J. Goff 16 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 102 1
J. Goff 2 11 0 7 10
J. Kelly 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
J. Kelly 2 4 0 5 0
J. Davis 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
J. Davis 1 0 0 0 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 10 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 580 4
T. Gurley 13 10 76 0 11 23
R. Woods 17 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 74 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 78 1106 5
R. Woods 9 7 74 0 20 8
J. Reynolds 83 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 5 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 303 3
J. Reynolds 12 5 70 0 33 7
B. Cooks 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 59 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 72 1107 3
B. Cooks 7 6 59 0 20 5
G. Everett 81 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 292 3
G. Everett 7 5 46 0 20 4
T. Higbee 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 240 2
T. Higbee 2 2 14 0 11 1
K. Hodge 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 17 0
K. Hodge 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Johnson 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
74-32 4 0.0
J. Johnson 11-3 0.0 0 0
C. Littleton 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
80-32 1 4.0
C. Littleton 7-3 0.0 0 0
L. Joyner 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-20 1 1.0
L. Joyner 5-1 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-10 3 0.0
M. Peters 4-1 0.0 0 0
M. Barron 26 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-15 0 0.0
M. Barron 4-2 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-17 0 3.0
N. Suh 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-17 0 1.0
M. Brockers 2-3 0.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 1 0.0
A. Talib 2-0 0.0 1 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-11 1 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Christian 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-6 0 0.0
M. Christian 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Donald 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-16 0 16.0
A. Donald 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Fowler 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 0 4.0
D. Fowler 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Westbrooks 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
E. Westbrooks 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Wilson 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-8 0 0.0
R. Wilson 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-13 1 3.0
S. Ebukam 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Zuerlein 4 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
24/27 25/26
G. Zuerlein 3/3 41 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 56.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 46.3 17
J. Hekker 3 56.3 0 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Cooper 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 21.3 28 0
P. Cooper 2 15.5 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -1.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 11.0 60 0
J. Natson 2 -1.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 PHI 24 4:49 9 43 FG
1:16 PHI 25 4:16 10 59 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:11 PHI 42 1:42 4 9 Downs
4:38 PHI 25 3:31 9 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PHI 25 2:24 3 9 Punt
11:14 PHI 41 0:46 2 59 TD
9:07 PHI 26 5:56 10 52 FG
2:08 LAR 12 0:38 2 12 TD
0:39 LAR 30 1:30 3 12 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:24 PHI 19 3:06 5 18 Punt
4:06 PHI 17 1:15 4 -2 Punt
2:51 LAR 36 1:43 4 1 FG Miss
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 25 1:36 3 -1 Punt
8:35 LAR 20 7:19 13 80 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 LAR 25 0:49 2 19 INT
9:29 LAR 49 4:51 8 28 FG
1:07 LAR 25 1:07 10 57 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:36 LAR 5 1:22 3 4 Punt
10:28 LAR 12 1:21 3 8 Punt
3:11 LAR 25 0:59 3 9 INT
1:34 LAR 25 0:55 4 5 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:09 LAR 35 4:45 10 46 FG
6:18 LAR 16 2:12 11 84 TD
1:08 LAR 43 1:08 7 39 Game