Nick Foles turned in one of the most remarkable passing performances in NFL history in the Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Raiders Sunday, matching the NFL record of seven touchdown passes in a game and becoming only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw seven TDs and no interceptions in a game.
Foles was just 11 for 29 for 80 yards in his last game, a loss to the Cowboys two weeks ago. He left that game with a concussion and didn’t play against the Giants last week.
But on Sunday at O.co Coliseum, he put on a record-setting display that will go down in history as the greatest performance by a quarterback in Eagles history.
Foles completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards to go with his seven TDs and no interceptions.
He’s the second Eagles quarterback with seven touchdowns in a game and the seventh in NFL history.
Adrian Burk threw seven TDs in an Eagles win over the Redskins on Oct. 17, 1954.
Sid Luckman had seven vs. the New York Giants in 1943, George Blanda had seven against the New York Titans in 1961, Y.A. Tittle had seven vs. the Redskins in 1962, Joe Kapp threw seven vs. the Baltimore Colts in 1969, and Peyton Manning threw seven on opening night this year vs. the Ravens.
Of that group, only Foles, Manning and Tittle threw seven touchdowns in a game without an interception. Only Foles and Manning have done it since the merger in 1970.
So Foles now has more career games with seven touchdowns than Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre and Tom Brady combined.
Foles completed 79 percent of his passes, becoming the first QB in NFL history to throw seven touchdowns and also complete at least 70 percent of his passes.
The previous highest completion percentage by a quarterback throwing seven touchdowns in a game was 69.2 percent by Tittle.
Foles also threw for a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, making him only the second Eagle to ever do it. Donovan McNabb went 21 for 26 for 381 yards, four touchdowns and a perfect rating against the Lions in 2007.
In his last start, Foles averaged just 2.8 yards per pass attempt. On Sunday, he averaged 14.5 yards per pass attempt.
Foles threw a two-yard touchdown to Brent Celek in the first quarter, two TDs of 17 and 63 yards to Riley Cooper and one of 15 yards to Zach Ertz in the second quarter, a 25-yarder to LeSean McCoy and a 46-yarder to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter and then tied the NFL record with a five-yarder to Cooper with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
He played two drives after his seventh TD pass. Head coach Chip Kelly removed Foles with about 13 minutes left in the game, and rookie Matt Barkley finished. Foles is the only quarterback to ever throw seven touchdowns in only three quarters.
Foles is the second quarterback in NFL history with 13 or more touchdowns and no interceptions nine weeks into a season. Milt Plum, a Woodbury, N.J., native had 13 and none nine weeks into the 1960 season for the Browns.
Foles has thrown 186 passes this year without an interception. He’s thrown just two interceptions in his last 374 pass attempts dating back to last year.
Foles joined Randall Cunningham, Sonny Jurgensen, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Vince Young as the sixth quarterback in Eagles history with 400-plus passing yards in a game. Cunningham and Jurgensen did it three times each and Vick and McNabb twice each.
Only one other quarterback in NFL history had ever completed at least 75 percent of his passes while throwing for 400 yards and five touchdowns. That was one-time Eagle Kelly Holcomb, who was 30 for 39 (77 percent) for 413 yards and five TDs (with two interceptions) for the Browns in a game against the Bengals in 2004. Foles is the only one to post those numbers with more than five touchdowns.
Foles is now also the only QB in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in a game and have more TDs (seven) than incompletions (six).
Foles had more touchdown passes in the first 31 minutes of the game against the Raiders (six) than Vick has all year (five).
Foles, a second-year pro from Arizona, was making his ninth career start. He improved to 3-6 with his first win ever against a team other than the Buccaneers.
-- Reuben Frank, CSNPhilly.com
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