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Top 5 Performances of Nick Foles’ Improbable 2013

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Top 5 Performances of Nick Foles’ Improbable 2013

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It was a roller coaster season for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles especially falls into that category after he was originally passed over for the starting role but ended the year with the job under his belt as well as the future in front of him.

After losing the starting quarterback job to Michael Vick in training camp, few would have predicted that Foles would have the standout year 2013 quickly became for him. It proved to be a bumpy road at the beginning, but once getting his feet under him and playing with the confidence he had been known for, Foles and the Eagles began to accomplish things few thought they were capable of.

Solidifying a return to the top of the NFC East and the playoffs in head coach Chip Kelly’s first year at the helm, Foles proved many critics wrong by running the option-based, up-tempo offense with great success. He was a large part of the Eagles scoring the most points in franchise history and built one of the highest quarterback ratings in NFL history along the way. His most astounding stat was the 27-to-2 touchdown to interception ratio which he held over the course of the season.

Philadelphia will look to build upon the huge resurgence that occurred in 2013 when they take the field next season with Foles behind center. Looking back, the experience he gained will be invaluable as the Eagles move forward. Taking inventory, Foles had an amazing sophomore season that has great expectation for the future ahead.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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5. Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Nick Foles’ best effort in defeat included 428 yards passing for three touchdowns. He completed 30-of-48 passes on the day but also threw his second and final interception of the season. The Eagles dropped a heart-breaker to the Minnesota Vikings that looked a lot worse until the Dallas Cowboys lost as well.

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4. Week 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys

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The final week of the 2013 regular season, Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFC East division title and a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He did so behind 263 yards on 17-of-26 passing. He threw for two touchdowns and led a drive to put the Eagles ahead with just minutes remaining in the game.

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3. Week 6 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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In his first start of the season, Nick Foles completed 22-of-31 passes and threw three touchdowns while running for another. He totaled 296 yards passing and had a 71 percent completion rate. The Philadelphia Eagles won the game 31-20, giving Foles a beginning to what would turn out being an improbable and historic season as the starter.

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2. Week 16 vs. Chicago Bears

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In the last regular season home game of 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles put on an offensive display in a meaningless game. Nick Foles threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 54-11 victory. Completing 21-of-25 passes, Foles had his highest single game completion percentage of the season at 84 percent.

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1. Week 9 vs. Oakland Raiders

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The highlight of Nick Foles' sophomore campaign had him throw seven touchdowns, tying an NFL record held by Peyton Manning and leading the Eagles to a 49-20 victory. He threw for 406 yards on the day completing 22 of his 28 attempts. His 78.6 percent completion rate was his second-highest of the season, and the win got the Eagles started on their march to an NFC East title by winning six of their final seven games.