Cast aside once in
, Nick Foles delivered the city its first Super Bowl title.
He outdueled the great Tom Brady to do it.
”Being a part of this and being drafted to Philadelphia, and being fortunate
enough to come back and be a part of this team, to be a piece of this puzzle, I
mean, it’s been a long time coming and I know there’s going to be a lot of
celebrating tonight,” Foles said.
Foles, who took over when Carson Wentz injured his right knee in
mid-December, matched Brady, the five-time champion and three-time MVP, big play
for big play Sunday in leading the Eagles past the New England Patriots 41-33
After an unusually slow start, Brady led the favored Patriots to scores on
five of six possessions, and Foles kept right on coming, executing coach Doug
Pederson’s aggressive calls.
”I wasn’t worrying about the scoreboard, I wasn’t worrying about the time, I
was just playing ball,” Foles said. ”I think sometimes you start worrying about
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whatever play Doug called, I was just going to go out there and rip it.”
After watching Brady put the Patriots ahead 33-32 with 9:22 left, Foles drove
the Eagles 75 yards in 14 plays, hitting tight end Zach Ertz from 11 yards on
third-and-7 for the go-ahead TD with 2:21 left.
That drive lasted a tick more than seven minutes and kept Brady cooling his
cleats on the sideline while allowing the Eagles’ exhausted defenders to catch
their collective breath in a game that featured 1,151 total yards, the most in
any NFL game in the Super Bowl era.
That meant the world when Brady got the ball back and Brandon Graham swept in
and jarred the ball loose for the game’s lone sack. Derek Barnett smothered it
at the 31 with just over two minutes remaining, and Jake Elliott’s 46-yard field
goal, the longest in a Super Bowl by a rookie, made it an eight-point
It also gave Brady just a minute to work his magic.
He started at his 9 with 58 seconds remaining and drove the Patriots to
midfield before time ran out on New England as a desperation pass fell in the
Foles searched out Brady, but never did find him in all the chaos and
”I didn’t get to see Tom. I was looking for Tom. It got pretty crazy really
fast,” Foles said. ”I mean, he’s one of the greatest of all time. He’s been
unbelievable. He was unbelievable tonight. I can’t say enough about him.”
Brady threw for more yards – a playoff career-high 505 to Foles’ 373 – but
Foles matched Brady’s three touchdown tosses and even caught another .
He hauled in tight end Trey Burton’s toss from the 1 that gave Philadelphia a
22-12 halftime edge and made him the first player in Super Bowl history to be on
both ends of a touchdown pass in the same game.
Brady nearly beat him to it.
Although wide open, the ambling Brady couldn’t quite haul in receiver Danny
Amendola’s high pass for what would have been a nifty over-the-shoulder
reception which might have gone all 35 yards for the score.
That brought to mind Gisele Bundchen’s famous dig after one of Brady’s two
losses to Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl, when his supermodel wife
responded to hecklers by complaining about the Patriots’ many dropped passes
”You’ve to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she fumed.
”My husband cannot … throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”
Nor could he haul in Amendola’s throw early in the second quarter with New
England trailing 9-3.
Foles had never caught a pass in the NFL before his TD grab.
His only interception was a
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stumble to stay in it until the very end.
Foles was 28 of 43 and wasn’t sacked. Brady was 28 of 48, and while he didn’t
throw any interceptions, his only sack was a doozy.
A third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in 2012, Foles had
tremendous success as a starter under Chip Kelly his sophomore season. He threw
29 TDs and two picks in 11 starts, including playoffs in 2013. Foles posted a
passer rating of 119.2, third-highest in league history. He tied an NFL record
with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in November 2013 and won an offensive
MVP award at a Pro Bowl.
But Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in March 2015. He lost his
starting job to Case Keenum and asked for his release after Jared Goff was
drafted No. 1 overall when the Rams relocated to Los Angeles. Foles even
considered hanging up his cleats before Reid persuaded him to go to Kansas City
to be Alex Smith’s backup.
”As people we deal with struggles and that was a moment in my life where I
thought about it, I prayed about it,” Foles said of quitting. ”And I’m grateful
that I made a decision to come back and play.”
So is Philadelphia, where Foles returned after one season with the Chiefs,
signing a two-year, $12 million deal to provide insurance behind Wentz.
Now he’s a folk hero for a franchise that had gone 0 for 2 in Super Bowls,
and for a legion of fans who were rooting for anybody other than the
”Just to be in this moment,” Foles said, shaking his head.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Gausman has been one of the few bright spots in an
otherwise dismal season for the Baltimore Orioles, who bring the worst record in
baseball to Target Field on Saturday as they continue a four-game series with
the Minnesota Twins.
Gausman takes the mound with a 2.76 ERA in his last five outings and is fresh
off perhaps one of his best starts of the year. He held the Los Angeles to one
run and two hits and didn’t walk a batter in eight innings on July 2 for his
first victory since May 11 — a span of nine starts — and is now 4-6 with a 4.05
ERA this season.
“I felt like early on in the season, I kind of put together a little bit
better of a
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Gausman said. “I feel really good in my delivery, and ever since I went hands
over the head,
“I feel like this has just been night and day, able to command the ball and
really all my off-speed pitches. That’s the key word — consistency. You’re
always trying to be the same guy every five days.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks Gausman’s success this season is
overlooked in part because of the team’s record, but also because of the
competition he has faced.
“I don’t chuckle or eye-roll or any of that stuff,” Showalter said. “When I
hear people kind of negative, Kevin has cut his teeth in the American League
East and he’s kind of a good hardened to it. This guy doesn’t dwell around too
much on successes and failures.”
Success has been hard to come by for the Orioles lately and failure has been
Baltimore’s loss Friday night in Minnesota extended its losing streak to four
games. The Orioles have dropped 11 of their last 12 games and 22 of their last
27 overall while winning only two in their last seven series.
They’ll try to turn that around Saturday against Twins right-hander Kyle
Gibson, who has been the poster child for lack of run support this season.
He has allowed more than three runs in a game just once since May 18 — a span
of eight starts — but has taken the victory just twice. In the six other games,
the Twins have averaged just 1.8 runs.
Gibson hasn’t let the tough luck get to him.
“We’ll start being on the right side of these games,” Gibson said. “We’ve
just been running into some pitchers throwing the ball well and caught a couple
tough breaks offensively.”
His last two starts haven’t been among his best. He allowed a season-high
five runs and 11 hits against the White Sox on June 27 in Chicago and the
Milwaukee Brewers followed by tagging him for four (three earned) in five
innings earlier this week in Milwaukee.
Saturday will mark Gibson’s ninth career start against the Orioles. In the
eight previous meetings, he’s 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA.
He faced them once already this season, throwing six no-hit innings with six
strikeouts on March 31 in Baltimore.