One of the big knocks against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is that he was unproven in bringing his team back at the end of a game to win. Until Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Foles had always had the Eagles out in front and holding onto a lead at the end of a game.
Well, he can now check that off the list.
Hampered by ankle-deep snow, Foles led the Eagles back from a 14-point deficit against a contending opponent to win a game and put Philadelphia in the driver’s seat in the NFC East. Until the end of the third quarter, the Eagles looked like the elements would get the best of them and their playoff chances would be dashed with just weeks remaining in the season.
Then, with just over two minutes left in the quarter, Foles found DeSean Jackson deep in the end zone on a pass that may have been intended for another receiver, beginning the comeback.
Granted, LeSean McCoy can be credited with most of the hard work and effort in bringing the Eagles all the way back, but it was Foles who helped get the Eagles going. It didn’t look pretty and he didn’t throw another touchdown on the day, but he did orchestrate drives and make the necessary throws to move Philadelphia down the field and put them in a position to win.
He simply got down to business and handled not only the challenge of bringing his team back, but the overwhelming conditions that Mother Nature provided.
It’s funny how things work out, but it has been a season of discovery for Foles. Now, it seems like Philadelphia and the rest of the NFL are discovering that he is for real, and so are the Eagles.