In December, no one thought the Eagles would be end up one week away from playing in the Super Bowl just over a month later. On Dec. 11, head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that the league MVP candidate quarterback Carson Wentz would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Washington Post headline screamed: “The Eagles just lost Carson Wentz, and their shot at the Super Bowl.” But the Eagles proved all their haters wrong. The biggest reason for the team’s surprising postseason run without their star quarterback is backup QB Nick Foles. In 2013, Foles carried the Eagles to the playoffs but then collapsed the next year, and ended up bouncing to two other teams before returning to Philly. But “Saint Nick,” as Eagles fans are now calling him, has been hitting almost every deep pass with perfectly placed throws. He played a huge role in Eagles victories over both Atlanta and Minnesota, completing an incredible 78 percent of his passes for 598 yards over the two contests. The Vikings were known for their defense, but Foles fired three pinpoint touchdown passes against them.
He’s looked nothing like the oft-maligned back-up who had been discarded by three franchises since 2014. But in order to stand a chance against the Patriots on Feb. 4, Foles must provide more than just a steady hand on the wheel. He will have to match New England blow by blow.