Monday, January 27, 2014
MVP Foles, Eagles have busy Pro Bowl
By Phil Sheridan
It was an eventful Pro Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles' representatives.
Quarterback Nick Foles was named offensive MVP after completing 7 of 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Foles threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron in the fourth quarter. Foles entered a 14-14 game just before the fourth quarter. On his second full drive, he found Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown deep to get “Team Sanders” into the red zone. He hit Cameron on a corner route to make it 21-14.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught the first touchdown of the game from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck got the ball back on a flea flicker and threw a jump ball into the end zone. Jackson was there with two defenders. He tore the ball from the grasp of Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner for the 36-yard score.
It wasn't all good news. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher in 2013, left the game in the second half with what was announced as an ankle injury. He didn't return to the game, but that didn't mean much considering the nature of the game. The nature and severity of the injury were not immediately known.
Before getting hurt, McCoy lost a fumble. Jackson had a ball taken out of his hands for an interception.
Eagles left guard Evan Mathis got plenty of playing time for Team Rice along with McCoy. Mathis played both guard positions, and helped Carolina running back Mike Tolbert win the game -- 22-21 -- with a 2-point conversion with 41 seconds left in the game.
Perhaps Mathis' finest moment was on Twitter. With Foles in the game, Mathis tweeted, “Throw a pick, @NFoles_9! Is that weird? #Pro Bowl #TeamRice.”
After Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field-goal attempt on the game's final play, the NBC cameras caught Foles talking with Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“We've got to get a picture with you, me and Justin,” Foles said.
Foles, Brees and Tucker are all graduates of Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.