Ea­gles’ Foles is prov­ing to be Mr. Clutch

Centre Daily Times - - Sports - BY ROB MAADDI

Just call him Nicky Num­bers.

Nick Foles is a backup quar­ter­back in Philadel­phia but he’s one of the most clutch post­sea­son play­ers in NFL history and his stats prove it.

Foles has won four straight play­off games, lead­ing the Ea­gles on game-win­ning drives in the fourth quar­ter in the Su­per Bowl last Fe­bru­ary and in a 16-15 vic­tory at Chicago in a wild-card game last week.

He has the best passer rat­ing (105.2) and high­est com­ple­tion per­cent­age (69.8 per­cent) of any quar­ter­back in post­sea­son history with at least 150 at­tempts. Foles is 125 of 179 for 1,432 yards, 10 touch­downs and three in­ter­cep­tions. Two of those picks came against the Bears when Foles played with in­jured ribs and seemed to have trou­ble fol­low­ing through on his passes. Still, he tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Golden Tate on fourth down with 56 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Foles also has the best passer rat­ing (146.5) on third and fourth downs in post­sea­son history, com­plet­ing 40 of 52 passes for 522 yards and six touch­downs with no in­ter­cep­tions in five ca­reer play­off games.

And, he has a TD re­cep­tion on the “Philly Special” play against the Pa­tri­ots.

Here’s a look in­side more num­bers head­ing into the di­vi­sional round of the play­offs:

SIX SEED MAGIC: The Ea­gles and the Colts are try­ing to be­come only the third No. 6 seed to win a Su­per Bowl, join­ing the 2005 Steel­ers and 2010 Pack­ers. Only three oth­ers ad­vanced to the con­fer­ence ti­tle game: the 2008 Ea­gles, 2008 Ravens and 2010 Jets.

CHAS­ING PITTS­BURGH:

The Cow­boys have 35 post­sea­son vic­to­ries and the Pa­tri­ots have 34. The Steel­ers are first with 36 wins and also first with six Su­per Bowl ti­tles. Dal­las and New Eng­land each has five. GUN­SLINGERS: Patrick Ma­homes, who led the NFL with 50 touch­down passes, and An­drew Luck, who was se­cond with 39, have the most com­bined reg­u­lar-sea­son TD passes (89) among any op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs in a play­off game in the Su­per Bowl era. The Colts visit the Chiefs on Saturday. OLD-TIMERS: Tom Brady (41) and Philip Rivers (37) com­bine for a to­tal of 28,688 days old, the old­est com­bined age by op­pos­ing start­ing quar­ter­backs in a post­sea­son game in NFL history, sur­pass­ing Brady and Pey­ton Man­ning in 2016. The Pa­tri­ots host the Charg­ers on Sun­day. EARLY SCORES: The Ea­gles have won 19 straight games when they score in the first quar­ter, in­clud­ing 7-0 this sea­son.

FOLES HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT PLAY­OFF GAMES, LEAD­ING THE EA­GLES ON GAME-WIN­NING DRIVES IN THE FOURTH QUAR­TER IN THE SU­PER BOWL LAST FE­BRU­ARY AND IN A 16-15 VIC­TORY AT CHICAGO IN A WILD-CARD GAME LAST WEEK.

DAVID BANKS AP

Ea­gles quar­ter­back Nick Foles runs off the field after an NFL wild-card play­off game against the Bears on Sun­day in Chicago. The Ea­gles won 16-15.

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