Nick Foles didn’t know he had etched his name in NFL history until after he came out of Philadelphia’s 49-20 win over the Raiders. That must have been because he was too busy shredding Oakland’s defence to keep up with his impressive statistics.
Foles equaled an NFL mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalise Philadelphia’s struggling offence.
“A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns,” Foles said. “It’s a great honor. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job.”
The backup quarterback connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore.
Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson and the Eagles, with four wins from nine games, looked nothing like the offense that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks.
“Every defence the past couple of weeks has been stopping us,” McCoy said. “So today we were kind of feeling bottled up and we released everything. It’s tough when you’re not winning and you’re not putting points up.”
Among the other 10 NFL games, the Seahawks produced the greatest comeback in the club’s history to beat the Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime, the Chiefs extended their winning stretch to nine games – equaling a club record to open the season – with a 23-13 result against the Bills, and Nick Folk maintained his 100 per cent accuracy for the season with four field goals in the Jets’ 26-20 upset win over the New Orleans Saints.
At Oakland, Foles completed 22 of 28 passes as he frequently exploited mismatches and blown coverages, starting with a 42-yard quick pass to Cooper on the opening drive when the Raiders had two defenders trying to match up with three receivers.
McCoy took a short pass and ran 25 yards untouched for his score in the third quarter and Jackson raced past Mike Jenkins on his 46-yard touchdown later in the third.
Foles then tied the record with a 5-yard pass to Cooper with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter, matching the mark also held by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp. Burk did it for the Eagles in 1954 against Washington.
With more than a quarter to go to break the record, Foles was unable to get the Eagles back into the end zone on the next two drives before being replaced by Matt Barkley.
“I know what the record is,” Kelly said. “But this isn’t about records, it’s about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, that’s being silly. Records are meant to broken when they’re supposed to be broken.”
That was about all Foles couldn’t do in his first game since being held to 80 yards on 29 passes before leaving with a concussion two weeks ago against Dallas.
Foles only got another shot this week because regular starter Michael Vick reinjured his hamstring in a loss to the New York Giants last week. But now, it will be tough to take out Foles, who has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.
“Everybody started acting like his career was over after that Dallas game but they forgot that he had played some good football before that,” center Jason Kelce said. “A lot of that criticism will probably be halted for at least one week.”