It’s difficult to comprehend that Nick Foles may have only one more game in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.
With Carson Wentz entrenched as the team’s quarterback of the now and the future, it doesn’t seem likely that Foles will return in 2019 for another year of playing backup to Wentz.
If Foles does leave – and really the sentence should be “when” Foles leaves – he will do so having more 400-yard passing games than any quarterback in Eagles history and hold the team record for throwing for most yards in a game.
He set both on Sunday in the 32-30 win over the Houston Texans.
His 471 yards topped Donovan McNabb’s total of 464 in December of 2004 and it was Foles’ fourth game over 400 yards passing, putting him ahead of the previous record holder, Sony Jurgensen, who had three from 1957-63 with the Eagles. Jurgensen would go on to have two more such games with the Redskins.
Now, four may not sound like a lot, and it didn’t to me, so I looked for the list of quarterbacks who have that many yards passing in a game during the regular season only.
Here’s what I found:
Foles has as many 400-yard passing games as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers does and as many as Hall of Famer Kurt Warner had in his career. Foles has made 43 career starts to Rodgers’ 157 and Warner’s 116.
The leader is Drew Brees, who has 15 in 263 starts.
Peyton Manning is next with 14 followed by Dan Marino with 14.
Four of the next five are all still active: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning each have eight. So too does Carson Palmer.
There is one active quarterback with seven and that is Matthew Stafford. Also with seven are Joe Montana and Warren Moon.
Foles has made fewer starts than any of them.
DeAndre Carter became a fan favorite of Eagles fans this summer and early fall when he made his first NFL roster after being cut six times previously. The Eagles, for some reason, chose to cut him on Nov. 6, after trading for Golden Tate and thinking that Darren Sproles was close to returning.
It was a miscalculation, especially when you consider that the player they could have released – Shelton Gibson – hasn’t been able to get on the field.
On Sunday, Gibson played just two special teams plays and has seemingly lost his kickoff job to newcomer Boston Scott, who returned four kicks for 96 yards.
Jordan, meanwhile, looked like he belongs in this league, catching six passes for 61 yards while returning five kicks for 124 yards and one punt for eight yards.
The Eagles could rue the day they let Jordan go.
Daeshon Hall was signed on Dec. 11 and on Sunday he played just four snaps. He packed a lot of production into that time, though, collecting two tackles with .5 of a sack and one quarterback hurry.
Defensive end Chris Long certainly had his fair share of quips in the postgame locker room.
Here are a couple:
His thoughts during the game-winning drive: “It’s Christmas, it’s Saint Nick (Foles), you know he is going to put together a drive.”
On the shrine he constructed during the week in Foles’ locker: “You all are looking at me crazy, but I think that’s what put us over the top.”
On the hit Foles took that knocked him out for a play: “I thought they were going to bury him next to the statue outside. They were going to have the statue, and then like a little tomb for him. But he got up, and that was cool. The crowd has hung with us all year through thick and thin. That’s why we love Philly and our fans. They hung with us and they hung with Nick and basically willed him back on his feet and then orchestrated a great drive.”
Complements of Eagles PR
- Nelson Agholor led the Eagles with a season-high 116 yards, which marked the 2nd-highest single-game total of his NFL career (141 yards on Dec. 3, 2017 at Seattle). Agholor caught an 83-yard TD pass from Foles in the third quarter that gave the Eagles a 23-16 lead. The score marked the longest TD of both Agholor’s and Foles’ careers and was the longest passing TD by an Eagle since Michael Vick hooked up with DeSean Jackson for a 91-yard TD on Dec. 12, 2010 at Dallas.
- Alshon Jeffery finished the game with 82 receiving yards, including a season-long 52-yard reception in the third quarter. Jeffery is the first Eagle to record 50-plus-yard receptions in back-to-back games since Jeremy Maclin on Oct. 26, 2014 and Nov. 2, 2014, and it is the first Jeffery has accomplish the feat in his career.
- Darren Sproles produced his most receiving yards (76) in a single game since Sept. 25, 2016 vs. Pittsburgh (128 yards). Sproles caught a 37-yard TD pass from Foles on fourth-and-2 that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. It was the longest receiving TD by an Eagle on fourth down since Brian Dawkins’ 57-yard TD catch on a fake punt (thrown by Brian Mitchell) on Sept. 29, 2002 vs. Houston.
- Chris Long finished the game with a team-leading, season-high 2.0 sacks to bring his season total to 6.5, which are his most since 2013 with St. Louis (8.5).
- Fletcher Cox now has 10 career fumble recoveries, which are tied for the 4th-most in Eagles all-time history, behind Mike Jarmoluk (12, 1949-55), Reggie White (11, 1985-92) and Vic Sears (11, 1941-53).
- The Eagles finished 4-of-4 (100.0%) on fourth-down attempts, which is the most in a single game since at least 1991.