January 15, 2018
This is exactly what we all predicted, the Nick Foles led Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Case Keenum led Minnesota Vikings, in the NFC Championship game.
Stats: 23/30, 246 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 100.1 rating.
Two Minute drill
After a brutal first quarter, Foles led a semi impressive drive at the end of the half to put the Eagles in position for points.
Of course Torrey Smith’s lucky catch helped, but the 15 yard completion to Alshon Jeffery that set up the field goal was one of his best throws of the night.
Foles avoided disaster, and managed to go 3/4 for 42 yards, and the Eagles were able to make the score 10-9 at halftime.
The second half /accuracy
Foles was 12/15 for 145 yards in the second half.
5:53 left in the 3rd Quarter:
The offense got the ball back on their own 7.
Foles was 5/7 for 70 yards on this drive, which ended in a 37 yard field goal. Had Jay Ajayi made a catch in the flat, the Eagles may have went 93 yards for a TD.
Although he did get away with a few.
The 1st quarter
It wasn't a great start for Foles. His very first pass should have been intercepted.
8:26: Overthrown pass intended for a wide open Zach Ertz.
He won't be able to miss those kinds of opportunties next week.
Field goals instead of touchdowns
Foles was much better on third down, but the Eagles need to capitalize in the redzone.
The one that sticks out the most... 4th quarter (6:05) a 3rd and 3— 2 yard pass completion to Corey Clement.
Granted he didn't force a bad throw and cost the Eagles points, but at the 5 yard, you have to be able to punch it in for 7.
Will he be perfect? NO! But this was a pretty solid performance.
After a rough start, Foles was pretty damn good in the second half.
He looked very comfortable with the dink and dunk approach, and we should see more of the same next week.
Ideally he will be better in the red zone, but no one should be complaining about his performance.
Nick Foles: 23/30, 246 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 100.1 rating
Jeff Hostetler: 10/17, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 rushing, 0 interceptions, 117.8 rating.
Case Keenum: 25/40, 318 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interceptions, 85.2 rating.
Foles Vs. Keenum
This is insane...
This is the most unlikely NFC championship quarterback match-up that you will ever see.
Based on the fact that Keenum has started 14 games, I would give him a very slim edge over Foles.
However, take away this..
and not only are the Eagles playing the Saints, but Keenum ends with a stat line of 24/39, 257 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.
PS: Don't forget that fact that Sam Bradford is the backup for Case Keenum!!
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