PHILADELPHIA -- The story of the Eagles’ 2013 season ultimately is the story of Nick Foles. The second-year quarterback began the season at No. 2 on the depth chart, got a chance to play due to Michael Vick’s injury, missed a week after a concussion ended his worst professional performance, then returned to the starting lineup for a road game in Oakland.
The concussion was the No. 5 play that shaped the Eagles’ season. There were seven good contenders for the No. 6 play. In the end, the choice wasn’t the most impressive play of that 49-20 victory over the Raiders. It was the most historic.
Nov. 3 at Oakland: Nick Foles rolls to his right and flips a 5-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper.
The touchdown pass was Foles’ seventh of the game, tying an NFL record held by six other quarterbacks. Denver’s Peyton Manning had joined the seven-TD club back in September. Foles made better throws, especially his deep balls to Cooper and DeSean Jackson. He made smarter ones, quickly noticing the Raiders hadn’t accounted for LeSean McCoy and flipping the ball to the running back.
But tying the record earned Foles a display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and changed the tone of the conversation in Philadelphia. It was clearly going to be difficult, even impossible, for coach Chip Kelly to go back to Vick while Foles was producing at anything like this level.
The Oakland game started a five-game winning streak, redefined Foles and marked a sharp turn in the Eagles’ fortunes.
We’ll take a look at the No. 7 play in our countdown on Tuesday.