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All Nick Foles does is win (in primetime)

December 13, 2018 - 9:05 am

The Eagles' season was already on life support at 6-7, but they were dealt another potentially serious blow when head coach Doug Pederson announced on Wednesday that quarterback Carson Wentz was going to miss practice with pain in his back. It is no sure thing that Wentz plays this Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, or even at all the rest of the season. 

That means with the season on the line, the Eagles will likely once again turn to Nick Foles at quarterback. 

The good news? When the bright lights have been on, and Foles has been under center, the Eagles have been almost impossible the beat. 

Take away Foles' rookie year, and the Eagles have won their last six games in prime time -- Sunday Night, Monday Night or Thursday Night -- with him under center. If you add in playoff games, which are certainly primetime no matter when they start, and the Eagles are 9-1 in their last 10 prime-time games with Foles at quarterback. 

Here is a game-by-game look at how Foles has played under the bright lights: 

2013: Beat Bears, 54-11, on SNF…21/25, 230 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 131.7 QBR

2013: Beat Cowboys 24-22 on SNF...17/26, 263 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 124.4 QBR

2013: Lost to Saints, 26-24 in Playoffs...33/23, 195 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 105 QBR

2014: Beat Colts, 30-27 on MNF...21/37, 331 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 84.4 QBR

2014: Beat Giants 27-0 on SNF...21/34, 248 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 79 QBR

2017: Beat Raiders 19-10 on MNF, 19/38, 163 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 59.4 QBR

2017: Beat Falcons 15-10 in Playoffs...23/30, 246 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 100.1 QBR

2017: Beat Vikings 38-7 in Playoffs...26/33, 352 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 141.4 QBR

2017:  Beat Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl...28/43, 373 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 106.1 QBR

2018: Beat Atlanta on TNF...18-12, 19/34, 117 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 50.7 QBR

As you can see, Foles has not only won in prime time, he has played very well in the biggest spots. He has had a quarterback rating over 100 in six of the 10 games. He has 16 touchdowns to six interceptions in those 10 games. Has hasn't lost a prime-time game since 2013, and in that game -- a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints -- you might have heard that he left the field with the lead.  

For all of his flaws, there is no denying that fact that Foles plays his best in the biggest moments. In fact, that is part of the reason he has never been able to stick on as a starting quarterback -- he plays best in the big moments, but often plays terrible in the regular games. Consistency hasn't been his strength, and in the NFL, you need a consistent quarterback. That isn't Foles. 

For one game, against one tough opponent in a big spot, however, there aren't many quarterbacks you would take over Foles to simply get your team a win. 

Something the Eagles are hoping Foles can pull off on Sunday night. 

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