The legend of Nick Foles continues to swell. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback went from backup who was doomed to cripple his team to Super Bowl MVP, and now we have even more evidence that shows his postseason run was truly legendary.
According to Randall Liu, NFL Senior Director of Football Communications, Foles completed a higher percentage of his passes in a single postseason than every quarterback in NFL history, minus two. And the two who did better are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nick Foles completed 77 of 106 passes (72.6) this postseason.
Only 2 QBs had a higher completion percentage in a single postseason (min 75 att) & both are in the Hall of Fame:
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— Randall Liu (@RLiuCBS) February 5, 2018
In all three games he played, Foles was on the money.
He didn’t throw a touchdown in the Divisional Round Game against Atlanta but completed 76.7 percent of his passes, shredding the vaunted Falcons secondary.
In the NFC Championship Game, Foles absolutely owned one of the league’s best pass defenses, completing 78.8 percent of his passes en route to 352 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings.
Then on Super Bowl Sunday, Foles completed 65.1 percent of his passes, going for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception that was not his fault. He dropped some incredible dimes throughout the contest and was surgical on the Eagles’ final touchdown-scoring drive.
It was the kind of postseason run that made Joe Flacco a very rich man. And it’s likely to result in a huge trade by a quarterback-needy team this offseason, which could also tack on a huge contract being that Foles is entering the final year of his current deal.
Not bad for a man whose tenure with Jeff Fisher nearly caused him to abandon the game he loves.