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Nick Foles Delivers With Four Touchdowns In First Start Of Season

Posted Dec 17, 2017

While it wasn’t Carson Wentz under center, Nick Foles was able to put up Wentz-like numbers in his first showing this season at the starting quarterback.

Foles finished the game with 237 yards on 24-of-38 passing and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 34-29 win over the Giants. He was aggressive but took care of the ball – it was the second game of his career with at least four touchdowns and no interceptions. The four scores were the most since his seven-touchdown eruption against the Raiders back in 2013.

Like Wentz, Foles was efficient in the red zone as all of Philadelphia’s touchdowns came inside the Giants’ 20. He also placed an emphasis on spreading the ball around connecting with seven different receivers on the afternoon.

“He was definitely sending me texts before the game. I haven’t had a chance to look at my phone but just wishing us luck,” Foles said when asked if Wentz spoke to him before the game. “Going out there and getting this win, I know he’s really excited.”

Foles’ performance left Wentz and Eagles fans alike with reason to be excited. The Eagles clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs with the come-from-behind victory on the road. When the Eagles trailed 20-7 midway through the second quarter, Foles prioritized staying composed while running the offense.

“The most important thing is not to press because you can only score six points and then whatever you choose after that,” Foles said after the win. “Obviously, you want to be aggressive at times but just not worry. We knew we were going to stick together and guys were going to make plays and did it one thing at a time. Just sort of leaned on each other and that’s the message and that’s sort of everyone’s mindset.”

The Eagles made a second-quarter push narrowing the Giants' lead to just two before halftime. After the third, Philadelphia took a two-point advantage heading into the final quarter. In what would be the Eagles’ final scoring drive, Foles was clutch – extending the drive by converting on some critical third downs.

Near the start of the possession, Foles shot one over the middle to Nelson Agholor for 10 yards on third-and-8. On the next set of downs, he faced a third-and-9 and found an open Zach Ertz along the right sideline for a 15-yard gain pushing the Eagles near field goal range. Three plays later, he got the job done with his feet, piling through the Giants' frontline on a quarterback sneak on third-and-short.

“With (head coach Doug Pederson) coming on and saying he’s not changing anything says a lot about his confidence in me and a lot of confidence in the players in the offense," Foles said. "That’s been the message the whole year that guys have had to step up but it’s just that the atmosphere it’s created.”

The offense strung together another strong performance as the Eagles had their ninth 30-point performance of the season. Next up is the Christmas night matchup with the Raiders against whom Foles had his historic outing.

“It’s really special. This whole journey and being back in Philly, it’s sort of ... it’s crazy if I’m being honest,” Foles admitted. “Just wearing the Eagles jersey, to go back to Philly and to wear it, I take a lot of pride in that.”

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