We never unequivocally got to know Nick Foles in St. Louis.
He arrived in 2015 as Sam Bradford‘s replacement. He lasted half of a deteriorate as starter before Case Keenum transposed him. Foles faded sensitively into a background.
He was a pleasing fellow, yet rhythmical with a media. Win or lose, Foles offering adult lots of non-answers during his news conferences. Usually he threw in some regard for his family while a media corps fidgeted and yawned.
If Terrell Owens is during one finish of a NFL celebrity spectrum, Foles is all a approach over during a other side.
Ah, yet demeanour during Foles now: Super Bowl MVP. Filling in for a injured Carson Wentz, he brought excellence to Philadelphia for submissive Eagles fans.
The patience that done Foles so prosy as a Ram served him good on sport’s biggest stage. He didn’t seem terribly vehement to be there, yet he didn’t seem frightened possibly — even as a tragedy mounted to intolerable levels Sunday.
“You never unequivocally know what it’s going to be like when we go into a Super Bowl,” Foles told reporters afterward. “I’ve never been here before. So there are normal nerves — you’ve got butterflies. It’s a large game. It doesn’t get any bigger than this. But we felt good, felt calm. we consider a large thing that helped me was meaningful we didn’t have to be Superman.”
Yeah, yet he kind of was Superman on Sunday. He done some good throws and a officials played along, vouchsafing a integrate of his touchdown passes mount notwithstanding some round confidence issues on a receiving end.
(Patriots fans weren’t happy about that. Neither were Pittsburgh Steelers fans, who wondered since a officiating standards altered in a center of a playoffs. But we’re guessing many Americans were OK with touchdown catches indeed counting. Even Roger Goodell can figure that out.)
“I wasn’t disturbed about a scoreboard,” Foles told reporters. “I was usually personification ball, and infrequently we start worrying about that so many it starts creeping in your brain. we usually kept playing, whatever play (was) called, we was going to go out there and slice it.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scarcely pulled off his biggest quip yet, putting his “Hail Mary” swell on a symbol toward a grievous Rob Gronkowski to emanate a preferred burst round scenario. Alas, a round found a approach to a belligerent and America had a new Foles hero.
Nick distinguished by holding his tot daughter and gripping his mother tighten by his side.
“That’s what life’s about right there,” Foles told reporters. “We’re Super Bowl champs, yet time does stop when we demeanour in your daughter’s eyes and we get to applaud this moment. we got to demeanour in my wife’s eyes. we get to applaud this with her. They’ve been there. My wife’s been there by everything. My family has been by everything.
“I’m usually grateful.”
Here is what folks were essay about this epic game.
Kevin Clark, The Ringer: “If we wanted to explain football to someone from another planet, you’d have brought them to this game. And if an visitor wanted to learn about account arc, we would’ve brought them here, too. If we were to build a ideal diversion from blemish to emanate a many cinematic 3 hours possible, it wouldn’t usually finish with Tom Brady removing a round with dual minutes; that’d be trite. No, for thespian effect, you’d have him get a ball again after a Eagles invulnerability forced a thespian turnover yet couldn’t benefit a initial down and staid for a margin thought with 1:05 left. You’d have Brady representation for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. You’d have a New England Patriots group improved than anyone in a story of a diversion during bargain situational football personification in break time. They’d overcome a double-digit necessity in a second half since they always do. And afterwards you’d have a Eagles and Nick Foles overcome all of it. You’d have Brady become a initial actor in NFL history — regular or postseason — with 500 flitting yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions … and a loss. You’d have Foles — the man who took over in Dec when an damage felled unreserved MVP Carson Wentz — be teary-eyed as he supposed a Super Bowl MVP award, and postponement since of pristine tension between each few difference as he talked about a city of Philadelphia and a ‘people who drain green.'”
Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports: “Two years ago Foles was prepared to retire from football during age 26, undone with his situation, lacking in his motivation, capricious possibly would ever improve. Sunday, he outdueled Brady in one of a wildest Super Bowls ever. He threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added a 1-yard touchdown locate on an all-timer of a pretence play. Mostly though, he played with a intrepidity and concentration that belied a fact that until authorization quarterback Carson Wentz was harmed in December, Foles was zero yet a backup, a journeyman, another name in a NFL’s march of common QBs. When Wentz got harm though, in came Foles. When a Eagles got here and found themselves in a shootout with Brady, who would representation it for a record 505 yards and 3 touchdowns of his own, Foles never blinked.”
Dan Wolken, USA Today: “Every time a Eagles indispensable him to make a large representation or lead a drive, he delivered. He fit balls into impossibly parsimonious windows. He avoided mistakes and sacks. He converted 10 of 16 third downs and a outrageous fourth down with 5:39 to go, eventually heading to his 11-yard touchdown representation to Zach Ertz that put a Eagles forward 38-33 after they’d depressed behind for a initial time all game.”
Peter King, SI.com: “Doug Pederson is a manager of a people. No thought is too weird. No time to run a play is ever inopportune. we don’t meant to contend this should be his legacy, yet it competence spin out to be. He is a Super Bowl champion in his second year as an NFL conduct coach, in part, since of one of a strangest play calls in Super Bowl history, called on fourth down late in a initial half in a three-point game, a biggest diversion of his life. The Patriots are drifting home losers currently notwithstanding putting adult a Super Bowl-record 613 yards and notwithstanding Tom Brady personification one of a games of his life. They are drifting home losers since a conduct manager who was a backup NFL quarterback (Pederson) and an descent coordinator who was a backup NFL quarterback (Frank Reich) and a quarterback who was a backup NFL quarterback (Foles) kick Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. They knew a usually possibility to kick a Patriots was to call a top-secret play when it wouldn’t have mattered if a Patriots had 15 players on defense.”
Dan Graziano, ESPN.com: “Time was out, giving a players a singular possibility to locate their exhale in a center of the many raging Super Bowl of all time. Just 38 seconds remained in a initial half, and the Philadelphia Eagles faced fourth-and-goal from a 1-yard line. They’ve all played for Doug Pederson prolonged adequate to know they were going for it, yet as they guzzled their H2O bottles, complacent their hands on their hips and looked left toward their sideline, they wondered usually how cold a play Pederson competence have in mind. They were not disappointed. ‘Philly Special’ was a call, and there were some-more than a few smiles in a huddle. The play calls for quarterback Nick Foles to pierce adult to a line of struggle and fundamentally act as if he’s checking his phone. It calls for a approach snap to using behind Corey Clement, a representation to parsimonious end Trey Burton and a pass from Burton to Foles — presumption the New England Patriots had lost about Foles. Which they had, since who would consider to cover him? Philly Special. A play that sounds as if it should come with cheese and . . . good . . . onions.”
“I am really going to demeanour during my destiny for sure. we am going to lay down a subsequent integrate weeks and see where we am at.”
Rob Gronkowski, hinting that he could retire during a age of 29.