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Tough Game For Foles, Offense


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- **The numbers were not pretty at all: 21 completions in 43 attempts for 195 yards, two interceptions and zero touchdowns. A passer rating of 42.3. Zero points produced. The West Coast was not nearly as hospitable to Nick Foles as it was in 2013, when he threw 7 touchdown passes in a win over Oakland.

In Sunday's 26-21 loss at San Francisco, Foles took his lumps. He was sacked once and pressured most of the times he dropped back to throw against an experienced defensive front working behind an offensive line that played together for the first time.

A final-quarter drive that had the Eagles sitting with a promising first-and-goal situation at the San Francisco 6-yard line ended with no points and a learning-experience loss after three straight wins to open the 2014 season.

"We just have to execute," said Foles. "They out-executed us and they beat us on offense. It's as simple as that. Early I have to hit some passes to really get the chains moving for us and then I think as an offense we can't go to second and long. It's hard once you get outside the chains to get back in and get that first down. We have to move the ball. We started to move the ball at the end.

"Our team did a great job on defense and special teams. They really kept us in the game. As an offense we're going to look at this and be better for it. I know those guys and we're going to be a better because of this."

The Eagles had just 5 first downs outside the 90-yard, 6 first-down drive they put together to get inside the 49ers 10-yard line. San Francisco kept it simple, playing zone coverage behind a three- and four-man rush. They kept everything in front and tackled extremely well.

Running the football was again a problem as the Eagles gained just 22 yards on 12 attempts. The 49ers dominated the line of scrimmage.

"If we're throwing the ball, I have to be able to execute," said Foles. "We want to be able to run and throw, but at the same time we were trying to throw the ball and they were doing a good job of stopping our run. I just have to execute and make sure I give our guys an opportunity to make a play."

Foles was optimistici about what's ahead, even with the offensive line changing every week. St. Louis visits on Sunday, followed by the Giants.

"We're going to be fine," he said. "You're going to go through things like this in life. You're going to have a rough game. I have all the confidence in the world because I know my teammates. I know those guys, I know the guys who are on the O line. We're going to be better for it. They're not going to beat themselves down. They're going to look at this as an opportunity to get better and that's why I love them. We will move forward. We do have some young guys but they blocked their butts off as hard as they could tonight and they always play as hard as they can and that's all I can ever ask from them."

In the end, Foles gave the 49ers credit.

"Defensively, that's a great team," he said. "They really played a great game."

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