Nick Foles keeps managing to etch his name into NFL record books.
After averaging just 146 passing yards in his final three regular season games, Foles went on to throw just shy of 1,000 yards through the air in the Eagles’ playoff run, putting him 13th all-time in most passing yards in a single postseason.
Foles completed 72.6 percent of his throws in the playoffs, connecting on 77 of 106 passes. That’s the highest all-time completion percentage in the playoffs with a minimum of 100 passes. His 373 yards in the Super Bowl is fifth all-time. Add that to Foles tying the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game when he tossed seven in November 2013.
Though he may resume his backup roll this upcoming season to Carson Wentz, Foles will hold the distinction as most accomplished backup quarterback in the 2018 season. In a Sports Illustrated rankings of backup quarterbacks released before the season, Foles was placed as the No. 15 best second option. SI even ranked Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, Redskins’ Colt McCoy, and Giants’ Geno Smith as better backups than Foles.
Few would say the same now.
After Foles’ heroics in the playoffs, only nine other quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown for more yards in football’s most important stretch. The list includes Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Dan Marino and future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady.
The four other quarterbacks ahead of Foles for most passing yards in a postseason are Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Jake Delhomme and Matt Ryan.
Since entering the league in 2012, Foles is 3-0 against Eli Manning and 1-0 against Ryan. Delhomme retired a year prior in 2011.