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    He wasn't perfect, but Foles did his job

    JOHN SMALLWOOD,
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS COLUMNIST
    POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:17 AM


    NOBODY EXPECTS Nick Foles to be the perfect quarterback, well at least nobody except for the most extreme critic.

    But Foles doesn't have to play perfect - the Eagles don't need that.

    What Eagles fans have been waiting to see from Foles has been consistency, signs that last year's remarkable season when he led the NFL in passer rating was not an aberration but the rise of a young field general.

    More than anything, it has been the up-and-down play of Foles through the first quarter of the season that has kept Birds fans from fully enjoying a start that has been as good as any top team in the NFL.

    And for nearly 28 1/2 minutes of the first half of last night's huge NFC East clash with the New York Giants, Eagles fans were satisfied because Foles was playing some of his best football of the season.

    It wasn't just that Foles had completed 12 of 20 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns as he led the Eagles to a 20-0 lead. He had played with confidence and presence and made good decisions.

    But then with 1:29 left in the half and the Eagles deep in Giants territory looking for more points, Foles had a brain cramp and tried to force a pass to Darren Sproles that Antrel Rolle intercepted.

    Then after the Birds defense had stopped the Giants on the first possession of the third quarter, Foles threw a bad ball intended for wide receiver Jordan Matthews that New York cornerback Zack Bowman intercepted.

    A second Foles mistake had given the Giants possession on the Eagles 21 and a chance to get back into the game. But the Eagles' defense held forcing New York to turn the ball over on downs.

    The big crowd at Lincoln Financial Field was getting anxious. The Eagles were 3 yards from their own end zone and the quarterback had just ended consecutive drives with interceptions.

    A moment had arrived for Foles - one of the biggest of the season. He needed to settle the game down, get things back in sorts and back under control.

    On the drive chart, it reads that the Eagles needed eight plays and 4:09 to go 97 yards.

    The scoring play was a 15-yard touchdown run by Sproles.

    It was the drive that sealed the Eagles' 27-0 victory over the Giants, but it may end up being so much more.

    Foles stepped up. On the drive, he completed all three passes for 42 yards and even picked up a first down on a 4-yard run.

    It was an attitude thing more than anything, however.

    It's not like Foles had played horrible during the first five games, but after each game he was always faced with questions about why things hadn't seemed quite right.

    Each time he conceded that he hadn't played as well as he could have but said everything was correctable.

    It was beginning to ring hollow.

    We'll find out a lot more when the Eagles return from their bye in 2 weeks to play the Cardinals in Arizona on Oct. 26, but that third-quarter drive against the Giants might be the one that finally shook the doldrums out of Foles.

    It might be the one that finally announced Foles' arrival in 2014 as the quarterback who can lead the Eagles to the type of success they seek.

    The Eagles enter the bye tied with Dallas and San Diego with a league-best 5-1 record.

    More important, for the psychological health of Eagles fans genetically programmed to seek out the worst of a good situation, the Birds looked like a 5-1 football team and Foles, who was 21-for-34 for 248 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, looked like the quarterback of a 5-1 football team.


    Obviously there were a number of encouraging story lines for the Eagles coming out of their dismantling of the Giants.

    With right tackle Lane Johnson back for his second game, the offensive line looked stabilized and running back LeSean McCoy finally had that breakout performance everyone has been looking for by rushing for a season-high 149 yards on 22 carries.

    The often-maligned defense was stellar as it harassed Giants quarterbacks for eight sacks while recording the Eagles' first shutout since they blanked the Giants, 24-0, at Veterans Stadium in December 1996.

    But if a quarterback truly is the most important single position in sports, then Foles' performance in the biggest pressure game of the season had to be the most important takeaway from last night.

    Foles was far from perfect, but again, he doesn't need to be. He just needs to be a reliable quarterback, one who can rise to the occasion when his team needs him.

    That's exactly what he did against the Giants.
    "E-A-G-L-E-S ... EAGLES!"


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    Another good win, see you in a few weeks.
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    thnx E
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