Eagles quickly learn Nick Foles isn't miscast in new lead role

4 takeaways from Giants 34-29 loss to Eagles

Nelson Agholor's transformation from last year to this year has been nothing short of remarkable.

And they certainly didn't expect the corps that started Sunday's game to play like this.

With the Giants leading 20-14 with 3:23 remaining in the second quarter, Kamu Grugier-Hill blocked Brad Wing's punt, leading to the Eagles taking over at the Giants' 18-yard line, resulting in a go-ahead touchdown 59 seconds later.

"You get the butterflies, for sure", Foles said.

If you'd told the Eagles on this chilly Sunday morning that Foles would go a Wentzian 24-for-38 for 237 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Giants, they'd probably have pictured themselves resting their starters in the fourth quarter.

But here's the problem with that: Manning's performance against the Eagles is such an outlier compared to the rest of his body to work that it is hard, if not impossible, to believe that he can play like this consistently. Nick Foles, traded away by the Eagles three years ago for his replacement, benched twice and then unwanted by the Rams, a backup for a year with the Chiefs, returns to the team that he took to the playoffs four years ago and does this. But as Herm Edwards says "You play to win the game", and the Giants will try to win and stop the Eagles from clinching a first-round bye. Wentz was an X-factor and Foles doesn't have Wentz upside. Did he take off and run for big plays? No.

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"At the end of the day, we all have to improve and look at the tape and see what we can do better", Long said, "because he won't be the last really good quarterback we play".

Wentz is out for the year with a torn left ACL, so this is Foles' team as long as the Eagles keep playing. He got the ball out quickly and hung in the pocket fearlessly through the end of drives, with all four scores coming in the red zone. That's how a QB needs to play in the Meadowlands on the brink of winter.

"It's really special", Foles said. "I'm sure there are some things he would like to do over, obviously, (but) each game is going to be that way". But I thought he handled himself extremely well. "Took some shots but bounced up".

Aside from the penalties, both of Philly's starting cornerbacks, Mills and Darby, suffered breakdowns in coverage on Giants touchdowns Sunday. But Foles, despite limited support on the road, kept the Eagles focused on their task. That's a critical post-Wentz development, as the degree of difficulty for the Eagles will increase against every opponent in January.

If the Eagles defense plays like they did today in the playoffs, Philadelphia won't advance very far.

Helen Strus, a spokeswoman for the stadium, said the man fell during the game and that the area where he fell was not closed off. But he's capable of getting the Eagles where they want to be.

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