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Nick Foles – yes, Nick Foles – ties NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game

Frank Schwab
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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles may never have another day like this, but that's fine.

In the history of the NFL, not many others have been as good as Foles was against the Raiders.

When Peyton Manning threw for seven touchdowns in a game in the season opener, he was the first player since 1969 and just the sixth player ever to throw seven touchdowns in a NFL game. Who knew that Foles, who only got to start for the Eagles because Michael Vick can't stay healthy and had 12 touchdowns in 12 career games before Sunday, would join that group later in the season?

And what made it really crazy is Foles got his seventh touchdown with more than four minutes left to go in the third quarter.

The Eagles weren't going to risk Foles' health or rub the Raiders' noses in it by trying to set the record in the fourth quarter. The Eagles took out Foles and put in backup Matt Barkley with more than nine minutes remaining, as they held a 49-13 lead.

Foles' seventh touchdown, which was Riley Cooper's third touchdown, put him at exactly 400 yards for the game. The Raiders secondary won't want to see the game film of their atrocious performance.

Foles has shown some flashes of ability in his year-and-a-half in the NFL (although obviously nothing to predict what would happen on Sunday), but his last start was an 80-yard clunker against the Cowboys. When he left the game with a concussion, it wasn't certain if he'd get another shot to start for the Eagles.

Foles began the season as Vick's backup, and his chances have come because of Vick's hamstring injuries. Vick was inactive again on Sunday. After this unbelievable performance, one would assume Eagles coach Chip Kelly will give Foles a few more chances to start.

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