The Eagles trailed 7-0 after the Vikings opened the game with a methodical 75-yard TD drive, and they had the ball again near midfield when P-Rob picked off Case Keenum near the left sideline at midfield, reversed field and ran across the field and into the end zone at the right pylon.
"Our confidence wasn't shaken". And he just put up 31 points on the best defense in the National Football League in an NFC Championship Game with his backup quarterback. He's been the Pro Bowl MVP. Just think about that for a moment or two.
Indeed, Foles looked every bit of the Pro Bowl passer type in Sunday's win over the Vikings.
Foles was 26 of 33 for 352 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 141.4.
He wasn't bad. He looked better in those games than he did during a failed stint as the Rams' starter. Then, he did just enough to get by in Philadelphia's playoff opener while his defensive teammates dismantled the Atlanta Falcons in a 15-10 victory. Some of the bigger sports books will put up several hundred prop bets later this week that will include the coin flip and other possibilities that having nothing to do with the final score of the game.
Bettors didn't take long to weigh in themselves, with one gambler taking the 6 points and putting a big bet on the Eagles at the South Point resort before their rout of the Minnesota Vikings was even over.
OC Josh McDaniels and DC Matt Patricia will be leaving for head coaching jobs after the game is over. And Foles' performance served as further proof that - with serviceable the proper support and strategy - anything is possible. Additionally, rookie third-round pick Pat Elflein has struggled at times this season, while RG Joe Berger is sort of "just a guy". They're playing incredibly well as a unit. What Foles has done since replacing Wentz is nothing short of astonishing. With the Vikings down 14-7 in the second quarter and trying to get back into the game, Keenum lost a fumble on a strip sack by Derek Barnett that was recovered by Long at the Eagles' 24. In the divisional round, Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and didn't make any huge mistakes.
But against Minnesota on Sunday, the Eagles coaches did away with the restrictions. That big play came after a handoff that was lateraled back to Foles, catching the Vikings off guard. Again and again, the Eagles went with these plays, operating at a crisp pace that helped Foles gain confidence and settle into a rhythm while keeping Minnesota on its heels. Agholor was quiet beyond a 42-yard gain in the second half, and has now been held below 60 yards in five straight games while Alshon Jeffery has shown an improved rapport with Nick Foles.