Foles climbed a staircase, paused at a row of silver chafing dishes, then, perhaps realizing the food line was vacant and his teammates were all ready to roll, told the Eagles spokesman walking with him that he would wait and eat something on the plane.
Was he adding the TD passes as he went along? Did he know he had seven?
"I just kept looking at the board, [thinking], 'We've got to put it out of reach, so we can get this win.' It's a long flight back," said Foles, who said the black, oversized Nike duffle slung over his (now famous) right shoulder contained no souvenirs - no game ball, no swatch of black-and-silver-dyed turf.
Is he the Eagles' quarterback now, after doing something only six other NFL QBs have ever done? The only other Eagle to throw for seven TDs in a game was Adrian Burk, on Oct. 17, 1954. Burk and Sid Luckman were the only QBs to do it on the road, before yesterday.
"I think it just makes me the quarterback who won the game today," Foles said after completing 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, those seven incredible touchdowns, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a little more than three quarters worth of work, Foles spearheading the Eagles' 49-20 demolition of the host Oakland Raiders. "We'll just see what happens. I'm just going to get back to work and stay the same."
Nobody expected this. Nobody really knows what to make of this. We're going to tiptoe out on a limb here and say that Foles will be NFC Offensive Player of the Week again, for the second time in three starts, Foles having gone 22-for-31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa back on Oct. 13. The start between that one and this, he looked like he had never seen a football and wasn't sure which end of it to grab and throw, while completing 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards before leaving a 17-3 loss to Dallas with a concussion. It was the Eagles' ninth home loss in a row, if memory serves, and several fans were slightly perturbed with the second-year quarterback from Arizona.
Foles sat out last week's loss to the Giants while recovering, and it was impossible to predict what he would do yesterday. Chip Kelly talked Thursday about how Foles was practicing with confidence, but Kelly noted then that practice and games are different.
Yesterday, not so much.
As the devastation mounted, all-time Eagles great Brian Dawkins tweeted: "Wow. This has turned into a 7-on-7 for the Eagles." Seven-on-sevens are passing drills in practice, where there are no linemen, and the defensive backs are left to fend for themselves as the quarterback stands and throws at his leisure.
Actually, the Raiders (3-5), who came into the game with the league's 10th-ranked defense, brought some pressure, especially in the first half, but Foles calmly shifted his throwing platform and beat the rush with strong footwork and perfect throws. It was the polar opposite of his performance against Dallas.
"The way Nick's prepared over the last couple of weeks [since Dallas], even though he wasn't in last week, he's such a special quarterback, both on and off the field, we kind of knew something special was up with him, and we're really looking forward to the future," said rookie tight end Zach Ertz, who caught his first NFL touchdown pass, about a 20-minute drive from his hometown of Danville, Calif.
Kelly didn't make any declarations about the identity of his quarterback in Green Bay this coming week, but he didn't need to. For one thing, it would be absurd not to start a QB who just threw for seven touchdowns, and for another, when Kelly said Michael Vick couldn't even operate as an emergency QB yesterday with his reinjured left hamstring, Kelly was probably telling us Vick won't be healthy in another week.
"That's what I think we all expected [from Foles], the guys who are around him every day," Kelly said. "Maybe he shut some other people up. I think what happened in the Dallas game was really kind of the exception and not the rule for him. I think he's a guy who really spends a lot of time preparing, and it shows."
Kelly took a few shots at letting Foles set the record - the seventh TD came just 4:28 into the third quarter, a 5-yarder that was Riley Cooper's third score of the day - but ultimately Kelly decided getting his quarterback hurt again while chasing a record wouldn't be optimal. So for the third week in a row, Matt Barkley finished a game another QB started, but this time it wasn't a sign of the QB instability Kelly decried during the week.
"There's a sign in our offices I walk by every time - Adrian Burk, [seven TDs], Griffith Stadium," Kelly said. "I know what the record is. This isn't about records. It's about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there trying to get a record and he gets hurt, that's being silly."
It was the Kelly offense we remembered from the season-opener against Washington, only without the gimmicks like offensive linemen flanked wide, and without LeSean McCoy romping through giant holes in the defense. The Eagles (4-5) rushed for just 128 yards yesterday, but nobody noticed, because Foles threw touchdown passes of 2, 17, 63 and 15 yards the first four times they had the ball, and not much mattered after that.
"We couldn't match their tempo," Raiders corner Tracy Porter said. "Usually, we're the team setting the tempo, but they came out ready to play."
Kelly said getting first downs was the key to the brisk tempo the Eagles were able to set. He said these were pretty much the same plays that were in the game plan the previous 2 weeks, when the Eagles lost while neglecting to score an offensive touchdown. The most obvious difference was the quality of the quarterbacking.
"This one, there was a little bit different look in his eye going into the game," center Jason Kelce said of Foles. "He was obviously upset with the way he played before, in the Dallas game. Obviously, the whole team was down a little bit this week, and he was much more vocal, much more involved in everything, not just the quarterback play . . . He seemed extremely focused on having a really good game this week."
It was another solid outing for Bill Davis' Eagles defense, even if that was a bit beside the point. The Raiders gained 560 yards, but a lot of those came with the Eagles defending a comfortable lead. Oakland didn't score its second touchdown until 52 seconds remained in the game.
"We played with more energy because of what [the offense was] doing. We were trying to get them the ball back so they could score even more points," said linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who allowed that he had never been a part of anything like this.
"Nick had unbelievable pocket presence," left guard Evan Mathis said. "He trusted that we were gonna be on our blocks. He was very aware of everything that was going on. It seemed like he was seeing the whole field. He was doing a good job of reading the coverage."
Raiders coach Dennis Allen was asked what he said to his team afterward. The Raiders came in off a huge win over the Steelers.
"There's not a whole lot you can tell them," Allen said. "At the end of the day, that was an old-fashioned butt-whipping. We have to learn from it."
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