Eagles QB Nick Foles Will Be Headed To Hawaii For The Pro BowlBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is guaranteed of a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this year because of New England beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 in their AFC playoff game in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The victory by the Pats guarantees at least one of the six quarterbacks selected to play in the Pro Bowl ahead of Foles will be playing in the Super Bowl, so that opens up a spot for Foles, who was voted as the first alternate at quarterback for the Pro Bowl.
Foles would have been shut out of a Pro Bowl appearance, if the San Francisco 49ers led by Colin Kaepernick and the Indianapolis Colts led by Andrew Luck had made it to the Super Bowl because neither Kaepernick nor Luck were one of the six quarterbacks voted to the Pro Bowl ahead of Foles this year.
Here’s the reason why. The Pro Bowl will be played on January 26th, which is a week ahead of the Super Bowl. Therefore, all the players selected to the Pro Bowl, whose teams qualify for the Super Bowl are unable to play in the Pro Bowl game. They are replaced by alternates, starting with first alternates and then second alternates. Foles was selected as a first alternate.
With their now being no chance that Luck will make it, there’s a guarantee that at least one of those six quarterbacks will go to the Super Bowl, so they won’t be able to attend the Pro Bowl, which will be played a week earlier in Hawaii.
Of the six teams remaining in the NFL playoffs five of them are led by Pro Bowl quarterbacks: Tom Brady of New England, Peyton Manning of Denver , Russell Wilson of Seattle, Cam Newton of Carolina, or Phillip Rivers of San Diego. The only non-Pro Bowl quarterback leading a current playoff team is Kaepernick, so at least one of those Pro Bowl quarterbacks, will be busy preparing of the Super Bowl on the Sunday of the Pro Bowl and open up a space for Foles.
He had a Pro Bowl worthy season with 27 touchdown passes, only two interceptions and a 119.2 quarterback rating. Of course it will be his first Pro Bowl.
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