Eagles Film Room: Nick Foles played like an elite quarterback in NFC Championship win

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The Philadelphia Eagles are headed to the Super Bowl and their NFC Championship crown was won in extraordinary fashion thanks to Nick Foles. Just how well did he play? You know what time it is…

One of the key areas of improvement over the last few weeks for Nick Foles was his pocket presence. His ability to step up and make throws seemed to ooze confidence that spread across the offense. This was also picked up on by offensive coordinator, Frank Reich.

“I thought his pocket presence was outstanding.” Reich role reporters on Tuesday. “I thought the protection was outstanding in general, but even in the game where protection is great, there’s still times where there’s going to be good pocket movement. I thought he showed excellent pocket movement and then making plays, extending plays with little subtle movements, did a great job.”

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Throwing for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions is one thing, but to complete 26/33 passes for 352 yards against one of the league’s toughest defenses? There was more to this game than simplifying the scheme.

“He’s been spectacular.” Reich went onto say. “We’ve said it all along, he’s comfortable in his own scheme. When you look at the whole body of work, he’s a big-play machine. He knows how to make big plays. He gets in a groove and gets in rhythm, but that’s the whole team. He understands that. That’s the great thing about Nick. He’s got the maturity to understand. He’s not trying to be the hero.

He’s not trying — he’s just trying to do his job and let his teammates do what they do and that’s what he did the other night. We just need to keep that same thing.”

Foles was cool, calm and collected on Sunday and now has a chance to go down as one of the greatest underdogs to ever win a Super Bowl. If he can play like he did in the NFC Championship game, he may accomplish just that.

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