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Nick Foles 'Optimistic' About Injury, 'Really Excited' For Postseason

Nick Foles stood at the podium victoriously after leading the Eagles to their third straight win and a postseason berth.

But instead of being able to celebrate another complete team victory, he had to answer questions about his health.

Foles took a shot to the chest on a third-down sack by Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan early in the fourth quarter. He was listed as questionable to return with a chest injury but did not end up coming back as Nate Sudfeld finished the game under center.

While not giving any definitive answers about playing next week, Foles said he is optimistic about what he confirmed to be a rib injury and that his goal is to play next week.

"I'm sore. So, we're going to continue to figure out what's going on," Foles said. "We're going to find out more about what's going on in the morning. … I don't have a lot of information right now so tomorrow will be a big day."

Foles may have another exciting opportunity to lead the Eagles into postseason football. They will travel to take on the Chicago Bears, the team whose 24-10 win over Minnesota allowed the Eagles to slip into the playoffs, in the NFC Wild Card round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on NBC.

And in a season that saw injuries pile up and included a 48-7 road loss that brought the Eagles' record to 4-6, it's safe to say that not many people saw this coming.

"It's been a crazy year," Foles said. "It was really special as we were waiting for the other game to finish after we had taken care of business on the field. It's super exciting. Any time you're blessed to be able to play in the playoffs and especially the road we've had the last several weeks, I mean, it hasn't been an easy ride and we got some help today.

"I mean, it's really special. We get to keep playing. We get to wear the Eagles jersey one more time. And, I'm really excited, the locker room's really excited. It will be hard to sleep tonight."

Foles was efficient and impressive once again. He completed 28 of 33 passes for 221 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He targeted eight different players and led to the Eagles' offense to outgain Washington in yards 360 to 89 and control the clock for more than 43 minutes.

"We put together a lot of drives – a lot of long drives," Foles said. "And any time you're able to hold the ball, keep marching, convert on third down, convert on fourth down, it's great for our team and our rhythm."

Foles connected on 25 attempts in a row to tie the NFL record for consecutive completions. In the third quarter, a tough pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor went incomplete just outside the goal line that would have set the record. Foles found Agholor on a similar pass the next play for the touchdown.

"I honestly had no idea that I had completed that many in a row. I was just waiting to play," Foles said. "The one I missed on was the one when I double-clutched and made a horrible pass. But we scored on the next play. So it wasn't meant to be, but I don't know, I was just in the zone."

Foles was focused on taking care of his own business and looked away from the big screen as it showed the score between the Vikings and Bears. He didn't want to be distracted and chose to stay in the moment.

What he did notice was the immense support from Eagles fans who took over FedEx Field. Green shirts outnumbered the burgundy and gold and celebrated the chance for another magical run.

"The Eagles fans are unbelievable," Foles said. "I've said it before, I know we're not at the Linc, but playing at the Linc, running out at the Linc, there's nothing like it. And then you make this the Linc today. They were out there, they were loud, I mean the whole stadium was, and that's always huge. It will be big this week coming up. Our fans give us such amazing support and we love it."

Foles expects to learn more about his injury situation Monday morning. He said it was "unfortunate" that he couldn't finish the game in Washington but is "ready to roll" if he's healthy.

Luckily for the Eagles, if Foles is set to go, it won't be his first rodeo.

"I think the big thing I learned last year that I talk about is staying in the moment," Foles said. "It's a big stage. It's the playoffs and we're going to go against one of the best teams in the NFL at their place. It's a big stage. So just staying in the moment, controlling what we can control, and like I said, don't worry about the score, just play.

"We have a lot of preparation coming up so when I simplify things like that last year, it helped a lot, and I've learned a lot more since so I'm going to pull on everything I've learned this week."

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