Patriots fans are getting a chance to cheer on the team
before they head to Minnesota to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
The send-off rally Monday on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place
will include remarks from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill
Belichick. Others expected to speak include Tom
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Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater.
There also will be a performance by the Patriots cheerleaders, T-shirt tosses
and entertainment from the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums and
Foxborough band Thirty 6 Red. The events begin at 9 a.m.
The team is expected to leave Gillette Stadium around 10:30 a.m. to head to
the Providence airport for their flight to Minneapolis.
Nick Foles stood tall
in the pocket, ignored the pressure and made one big throw after another.
On the biggest stage of his life, Foles silenced the critics who thought the
Eagles couldn’t get to the Super Bowl without MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Foles
threw for 352 and three touchdowns to lead Philadelphia to a convincing 38-7
victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game Sunday.
Now he’s headed to Minnesota to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots
in the Super Bowl.
”Words can’t describe what I feel right now,” Foles said. ”All glory goes to
God. I’m grateful and humbled to be part of this team. No one in the locker room
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While Wentz watched from the sideline, using a cane to walk following surgery
to repair his torn left ACL, Foles picked apart the NFL’s top-ranked defense. He
tossed a perfect 53-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery with the pocket
collapsing around him to give Philadelphia a 21-7 lead in the second
Foles then directed a 60-yard drive in 29 seconds to set up a field goal
before halftime. He fired a 49-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith off a flea flicker
to start the second half and tossed a 5-yard TD to Jeffery early in the fourth
to make it 38-7.
Foles was at his best on third downs, completing 10 of 11 for 159 yards and
two TDs. The Eagles had been 0 for 13 on third-and-10 or longer after Wentz went
down. On Sunday, Foles threw an 11-yard pass to Zach Ertz on third-and-10 on the
Eagles’ first touchdown drive. His long TD pass to Jeffery came on
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mostly because Wentz was no longer playing. They were the first No. 1 seed not
favored in a divisional round game, a 15-10 win over the Falcons. The Vikings
(14-4) were 3-point favorites despite also being led by a backup quarterback –
Case Keenum, Foles’ good friend and former teammate.
”You know everyone was against us,” Foles said. ”Coming out here, stick
together and come away with an amazing victory against a great team.”
Keenum congratulated Foles in the tunnel after the game.
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Foles walked into the X-ray room after the game, but told The Associated
Press after he came out: ”I’m good. I’m fine.”
Foles put on a passing clinic, completing 78.8 percent of his passes (26 of
33). Not bad for a guy who contemplated retirement before the 2016 season.
”I’m not surprised,” said Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who held
the same position with the Eagles in 2013. ”I’ve seen the best of Nick.”
A third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in
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Womens , Foles had tremendous success as a starter under Chip Kelly his
sophomore season. He threw 29 TDs and only two picks in 11 starts, including
playoffs in 2013. Foles posted a passer rating of 119.2, third-highest in league
history. He tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in
November 2013 won an offensive MVP award at a Pro Bowl.
But Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in March 2015. He lost his
starting job to Keenum and asked for his release after Jared Goff was drafted
No. 1 overall. Foles considered hanging up his cleats before Reid persuaded him
to go to Kansas City to be Alex Smith’s backup.
After one season with the Chiefs, Foles returned to Philly to provide
insurance behind Wentz.
He’ll become a folk hero if he can deliver the franchise’s first ever Super