Eagles quickly learn Nick Foles isn't miscast in new lead role

Philadelphia Eagles Torrey Smith celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Philadelphia

As Entire City Focuses on Foles, Eagles Fans Should Worry More About their Defense

Nick Foles was 24 of 38 for 237 yards with four touchdowns in his first start as the Eagles starting quarterback after they lost Carson Wentz last week to a season-ending knee injury. We can't have 10 penalties and expect to win too. Its something we've got to fix, and we know that ...

And when it was all said and done, the Eagles were ahead on the scoreboard, thanks to a special teams effort that included a blocked extra point, a blocked field goal and a blocked punt, and thanks to Nick Foles stepping in for Wentz and throwing four touchdown passes.

"It's stuff like that when you play good teams - real good teams - it's going to put you in a bind to win that game", Bradham said.

Backup quarterback Nick Foles received scarcely any support from a defense that imploded instead of rallying around him following Carson Wentz's season-ending injury on December 10.He took command and led the team to victory anyway, 34-29 over the New York Giants. And bad teams seemingly find new ways to lose every week, whether it be by a defensive collapse, special-teams blunder or final-minute fumble deep in their own territory.

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Now the Eagles might not need to play away from Philadelphia until, they hope, Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo chuckled at the perfectly valid question - is he still going to start as the team plays out the string? - and confirmed what he had hinted at already. "That's how you win football games". Tavarres King was wide open for a touchdown pass on the second drive of the game for the Giants, with Mills once again looking silly against a replacement-level receiver from NY.

Foles isn't the slickest guy in the pocket, but he adroitly sidestepped Jason Pierre-Paul, buying himself time, then fired down the field to Torrey Smith, who drew a 32-yard pass interference down to the 5-yard line. Foles tossed four touchdown passes, and while he wasn't exactly razor sharp, he didn't turn the ball over and he calmly and coolly led the Eagles back from an ugly 13-point deficit in the second quarter. It was the first time a Giants extra-point attempt was blocked since September 10, 2001. It was something the Eagles seemed to have noticed entering the game. He added a 10-yard to Agholor in the third quarter. The Eagles" "magic number' for home field advantage is now one. "I was able to come through clean and get my hand on the ball". The scores came on a 1-yard run by Orleans Darkwa, a 13-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Tavarres King and a 67-yard catch by wide receiver Sterling Shepard from Manning. The Giants' special teams haven't been special at all. "Obviously, we bounced back when it counted". It's just the basics, though ...

Neither has their defense or offense. The 29 points scored was a season high. They win with more frequency than anyone else.

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The Giants had 299 yards of total offense in the first half alone, which was more than they accumulated in six other full games. Their previous high of 415 yards also came against the Eagles.

After so much disappointment in his career - he even considered retiring after the 2015 season - this was quite an emotional day for Foles.

"Now that I think about it after it's all over with, it's surprising", said Sterling Shepard who still hasn't scored 30 points with the Giants since being drafted in the second round a year ago. "Obviously the points, we needed them".

It was their special teams that prevented it from happening on Sunday.

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