Sunday, December 8, 2013
For Foles, 8-5 only record that matters
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles quarterback Nick Foles lost a record but won a game. That's OK with him.
"I care about the wins," Foles said after leading the Eagles to a fifth consecutive win, a 34-20 snowball fight against the Detriot Lions. "I learn from it, it's an interception. I am going to move forward and I can't wait to get back on the field and throw a touchdown, make a big play, because that's what teammates look at."
Foles threw an interception to Lions cornerback Chris Houston. It was Foles' first interception of the season. He had thrown 19 touchdown passes, one shy of Peyton Manning's NFL record of 20 touchdowns before throwing an interception. Overall, Foles had not thrown an interception in 238 attempts.
"When you have a streak like that, it means you are putting your team in a position to win games," Foles said. "But there are also times you are going to have a mistake happen and you have to have a shorter memory. Mistakes are going to happen, and they did today, but I'll get better for it and keep improving."
It should be easier to move on for Foles, considering the circumstances. With snow falling hard and swirling, he and Matthew Stafford both had tough days throwing the ball.
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"You are seeing a lot of white, a lot of snow coming down, but you try to zone all of that out and focus on the team and what is going on," Foles said. "We got more and more comfortable as the game went on. We made some mistakes, but that is a football game."
On the interception, Foles overthrew wide receiver Riley Cooper. The ball found Houston, who returned the pick 30 yards to the Eagles 20. The Lions scored their only offensive touchdown five plays later.
"I think any mistake Nick makes is kind of surprising," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "But I understand what happened. The ball kind of sailed. Obviously, it's a weather deal. The biggest disappointment was where they got it in terms of, we put our defense on an extremely short field."
For Foles, the record would have been nice. But an interception was inevitable at some point. He can write this one off as weather-related and take comfort in the fact it didn't really hurt his team.
"They happen," Foles said. "You let one interception defeat you, you cannot play this game."
Foles completed just one pass beyond the line of scrimmage in the first half, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the second half, he found Cooper for a 44-yard gain, then lobbed a 19-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson to start the Eagles' comeback.
"You just have to make plays and just try to give them a chance," Foles said. "You cannot really zip balls. You just have to lob them up there and just say, 'Hey, one of you go up there and get it and make a play.' That was one of those plays."