Eagles QB Nick Foles wins it for the team despite slow start
When the game started, it was easy to see that the chips weren’t falling as he had expected them to and was having trouble navigating the plays. Although he was the top with quarterback stats in the NFL, Foles ended the first half of the game 4-of-10 for 45 yards with his first interception in the entire season.
Eight inches of snow hit Philadelphia so it was no small wonder there were visibility and various other issues that came with the match the Foles had to counter. Foles had experience from playing in bad weather but this one was by far the worst he had played in.
Foles said that the conditions were a major factor in play mis-execution and as the other team was doing well in the same conditions, he knew he had to be reactive and adapt to the weather.
“It was definitely different. I mis-executed in the first half and I have to execute on certain plays. The other team was playing in the same environment, so I know (Matthew) Stafford was playing in the same environment and he was throwing the ball,” he said, “so I knew it was one of those things where I would adjust to it and we would as a team, because the routes are changed up a little bit because of the speed of them.”
Foles said that as the game went on, he managed to learn and adjust according to the weather.
“When I was throwing, I couldn’t really zip them because if you zip them in that weather, it’s hard to see the ball, and with the gloves it will slip right through,” Foles said. “It was just (a matter of) adjusting to how I throw the ball, and as the game went on I got more comfortable with it, and we all adjusted and made some big plays.”
And Foles proved his adaptiveness in the game when he reversed an 8-0 into a 34-20 win for the team. Foles said that even though he had started off late, he knew that the team would make it.
“That was a very, very unique game. I’ve never played in a game quite like that. Obviously we didn’t play well in the first half. Weather conditions aside, we still have to go out there and execute,” he said. “That’s what I love about this team. We know that we’re going to face adversity, but we’re a tight-knit group, and we know that we’re going to continue to go out there and play together.”