LANDOVER, Maryland – Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has learned to be ready at all times. But after he tossed his first NFL touchdown pass late in the 24-0 win over Washington on Sunday at FedEx Field, Sudfeld wasn't prepared. His short completion to wide receiver Nelson Agholor turned into a 22-yard score and Agholor handed the ball to an Eagles fan in the stands and, well, then it became kind of awkward for Sudfeld.
He wanted the football. It was his first NFL touchdown pass. It had to be a keepsake. But how?
"I went up to Nelly and said, 'No, no, please keep it!' But he gave it to a little kid, so I went up to his dad and asked them if I could switch out a football for them. They were really nice about it," Sudfeld said. "We switched out the ball and got them another ball and they were really nice about it."
It was a special afternoon for Sudfeld, who had his parents and his brother in attendance. Starter Nick Foles left the game with a chest injury after completing 28 of 33 passes for 221 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, compiling a 102.1 passer rating. Foles tied an NFL record with 25 consecutive completions at one point and left the game early in the fourth quarter.
Sudfeld, who threw one incomplete pass in the win over Houston at Lincoln Financial Field when Foles left the game for one play after taking a shot in the chest from defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, was the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday with Carson Wentz again inactive.
"Being the backup quarterback, I wouldn't say it's a very easy job. You're there to support the starter but you're also staying in the game (mentally), so you want to be able to go in there and not skip a step," Sudfeld said. "You see the ebbs and flows, you've seen what's gone right, you see what looks we're getting (from the defense). I felt really good and confident. Fortunately, we were in a good situation (leading 17-0) where we were establishing the run, we had good field position, and I was just trying to go one play at a time."
The play call on the touchdown was a naked bootleg to the left side and Sudfeld flipped a pass to Agholor and the speedy wide receiver did the rest as he scored his second touchdown of the day, with a scamper up the sideline.
Sudfeld said the Eagles "have bigger fish to fry" than him thinking about his first scoring pass, but he'll have time for that later. He's got the ball the prove it, after all, and nobody can ever take that away from him.
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