- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nick Foles was neither seen nor heard. Head coach Chip Kelly said his quarterback was taken to an independent facility for evaluation of an apparent concussion. So Foles was not available to explain his woeful performance for three quarters.
Foles completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards and a passer rating of 46.2. He took three sacks, including the unavoidable sack on which he was injured on the final play of the third quarter.
“He was off,” Kelly said. “There were times we didn’t do a good job around him, there were times guys were open and he didn’t put the ball where he needed to.”
Matt Barkley went three-for-three. The rookie quarterback replaced Foles and operated three fourth-quarter drives. He threw interceptions to end all three. Indeed, Barkley threw two on his first drive -- the first was negated by a penalty.
“Matt got put in a tough situation,” Kelly said. “We had to throw every down. He did some nice things. First time playing, he’s got to understand. Linebackers are going to be playing his eyes, looking for the pick.”
“ I saw there’s a lot to learn,” Barkley said, “I have a lot of growth in front of me, which is exciting.”
The answer was blowing in the wind. Kelly had Alex Henery attempt a 60-yard field goal near the end of the first half. Henery missed, giving Tony Romo a couple of shots at the end zone from midfield. If Dez Bryant had timed his leap better, he may well have scored a touchdown.
“He hit it really well in warmups,” Kelly said. “We had the wind at our back. We just wanted to see if we could get the score there in a three-point game.”
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