Nick Foles Worked His Magic On That Final Drive

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NFL experts throughout the country are all talking about Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and how he has been able to take his game to another level with the season on the line.   I can’t say enough about the great final series he had at the end of Sunday’s game, when the Eagles marched the football the length of the field to take the lead.

 

“Foles made the winning touchdown throw to Golden Tate with less than a minute to go on the clock.”

 

Foles led this drive against the Chicago Bears defense that was considered by many as one of the best two or three defenses in the National Football League this season.  Fangio is just one in a list of highly respected defensive names that have recently fallen to Foles.

More names are Bill Belichick (head coach of the New England Patriots), Mike Zimmer (head coach of the Minnesota Vikings), Wade Phillips (defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams), and Romeo Crennell (defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans).

Foles should be commended for his great play on that drive, because he made outstanding throws to nearly all of his receivers. He got the ball to Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffery and Tate.

They were amazing throws because a number of times the Eagles receivers had defenders standing by them at the end of their routes, but Foles decided to start playing “Above The Rim” football on that drive.  Nicky Six started putting his throws above the heads of the defenders where only taller receivers like Jeffery and Ertz could pull them down.

 

“On second and ten, Foles made an excellent decision to get the ball to rookie tight end Dallas Goedert on what was originally supposed to be a screen to running back Wendell Smallwood…”

 

On the very first play of the drive, Nelson Agholor ran an inside seam route to occupy the safety and it cleared the way for Alshon, who was running a 15 yard stop route. This completion was key because it was well executed and it gave the Eagles a first down with the football on the Bears side of the 50 yard line.

On second and ten, Foles made an excellent decision to get the ball to rookie tight end Dallas Goedert on what was originally supposed to be a screen to running back Wendell Smallwood. Goedert, who was supposed to be blocking, looked back and caught a pass which was nearly on the ground when he realized that Smallwood was covered.  Goedert scooped it up, then broke a couple of tackles to get the Eagles a very important first down.

 

“I began at this moment to think “Is it happening again?”

 

On the next play on the Bears 35 yard line, Agholor juked cornerback Deon Bush out of his jock and turned nothing into an eight-yard gain.  I knew right then that something special was happening.

Ertz ran an in route on the very next play, but he was covered with two Bears defenders on him, so Foles threw the ball “Above The Rim,” like he was getting the ball to Ertz in the post, and the record-setting tight end snagged the ball with his outstretched hands.  The Bears had to know they were in trouble, because now the Eagles had a first down and ten on the Bears 13-yard line.

After a one-yard run by Smallwood and an incomplete pass attempt to Agholor, the Eagles ran a beautiful pass play to Jeffery for an 11-yard gain which gave the Eagles the ball on the two-yard line.  Darren Sproles and Agholor were lined up beside Foles in running back positions and Jeffery was lined up behind Foles.

Just before the ball was snapped Jeffery shifted outside on the left side of the formation.  They snapped the ball quickly and Sproles headed to the left flat, which drew the attention of Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. He then sped toward Sproles, which opened up space in the curl area for Jeffery, who ran a seam route.   Foles got rid of the ball quickly and put it on the money.  This wasn’t an “Above The Rim” throw.  Foles put the ball on Jeffery’s chest, which allowed him to catch the ball and put it away before getting hammered by the safety and corner.

 

 A great throw and a great catch had given the Eagles the lead.

Then we all know what happened with the “doink, doink.”

 

With the ball on the two-yard line, Doug Pederson called two running plays by Sproles, but Hicks got to him on each play.  It seemed like there were two or three Hicks playing against the Birds on Sunday because he made so many tackles against the Eagles running game.

On third down, Pederson gave up on the running game, so the Birds tried to hit Jeffery on an out route.  It was close, but the big guy was unable to pull it in.

On fourth down with the season on the line, Foles and Pederson came back to the out route, this time with Foles rolling out to that side. Tate, who lined up in the slot with Agholor, froze the defender, slot corner Sharick McManis, by going right at him when the ball was snapped.   He then exploded outside to his right on an out route.   Foles had Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd in his face, so he imitated Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a side arm throw and the ball hit Tate in the hands as he ran an out route.  The veteran receiver grabbed the throw with both hands and went in for the score.  A great throw and a great catch had given the Eagles the lead.

Then we all know what happened with the “doink, doink.”

52 thoughts on “Nick Foles Worked His Magic On That Final Drive

  1. A Great Game much like a Boxing Match as Teams traded Jabs Back and Forth and a few missed Upper-Cuts and Left Hooks… I was hoping and glad to see more Passes on 1st Downs Called because they weren’t going to be successful running the ball on 1st Down at all versus this Tough Bears Rushing Defense.. I thought the OL played Very Well in Pass-Protection and kept Foles Clean, long enough to made some Plays and get the ball out to his Playmakers.. Onward and upwards to New Orleans for a super tough match-up versus a rested and hungry Saints Team, but the Eagles are not going to quit or lay down for anyone so this should be a great game, Eagles have to Win the Turnover Battle and they need to get off to a quick start to quiet that crazy, loud Crown in Mercedes-Benz Dome… Go Eagles !!

    1. looking at things wed not be having this conversation if not for a double boonk. Foleschas now in two postseasons risen to status of “GO AT . Name a drive in playoffs lure that bested the superbowl, or the defeat of again a vaunted defense of minnesota playing for home field in the superbowl. He ut up 27 and 2 hes thrown franchise records , hes lead this team in back tomback seasons . Which begs the question , do you keep him , not easy . Carson when healthy is transformative but styles make fights and Nicks resume is self apparent. You can sell high on him or you can assume hes ok with the familiarity and stay a back up with incentive stacked contractual sgreements he wanted to quit football after st louis His legacy is that the guys rally around him and their isnt a guy that doesnt believe in him . i followed him in Arizona and he was mature beyond his years No me exists in Nick Foles , hes all about my guys , even Carson . hes winning in new orleans win or lose , theyre as a team dangerous, because double boinks snd million dollar incentives transcend the game Were watching greatness in our organizations history a pro . Nobody will give us a shot -9 is the line, nick cant possibly defy those odds ? If he does were playing dallas for a trip to atlanta if nick is heroic from that perspective tear down the rocky statue that was cinema this is our nick foles

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        Are you Retired Yet ?
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        At 55, I’m not sure how much longer my knees and legs will hold up but it’s still fun to Play and Compete in these Adult Leagues here..

        1. My wife and I have only checked it out on line etc. our children are young adults and we are going to let that shake out before we decide. Cost of living is good, climate good, culture ok… we like college towns

  2. OMG..look the band is getting back together.

    Sad the way the season ended, but i look forward to the off season to see the direction this team will go. We must get younger on our O and D line. We also need a speed receiver and a running back.
    Thanks for everything Nick, good luck at your next stop. Carson, it’s time to become the QB you are destined to be.
    FLY EAGLES FLY…..FOR LIFE!!!

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