Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a second...

Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a second quarter touchdown by teammate LeGarrette Blount (not pictured) against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Getty Images / Abbie Parr

PHILADELPHIA — Less than two months separate Dec. 10 from Feb. 4. It just felt like a lot more for Eagles fans when MVP candidate Carson Wentz injured his knee on that first date, tearing his ACL and seemingly shredding the team’s hopes of a first championship since 1960.

But Nick Foles has restored that dream and brought Philadelphia within one victory of football’s ultimate prize.

The backup quarterback who threw a total of four passes in the first 12 games of the season completed 26 Sunday for 352 yards and three touchdowns to dominate the Vikings and the NFL’s top-ranked defense in a 38-7 win for the NFC title.

Now he’ll have a chance to join the prestigious list of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks when he and the Eagles face the Patriots in two weeks.

For Foles, it’s been a winding road that began in Philadelphia, sent him to the Rams and the Chiefs, then brought him back to the Eagles as a free agent this past offseason to be the backup behind Wentz.

“It’s been a crazy journey,” he said this past week. “It’s been a wild ride this season. We’ve had so many things go on, so many guys step up, so many injuries to guys who are injured or have done an amazing job of staying around the building and being a huge part of the heartbeat of this team. That’s the DNA here and we’ve talked about it over and over again.”

Foles steadied things when Wentz was lost for the season. On Sunday, he put his own imprint on the team.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Foles entered Sunday’s game 0-for-10 on all throws that went 20 yards or more and missed on his first two against the Vikings. He then hit three in a row — a 53-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, a 36-yarder to Zach Ertz to set up a field goal and a 41-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith on a flea-flicker.

There was a time not long ago when Foles wondered if he’d ever get a shot to start in the NFL again, let alone the Super Bowl. “But I know where my heart is, and my heart was all being in Philly, being with these guys, going out there on the field,” he said this past week. “Stepping in the huddle and knowing that each guy is playing for each other, that’s a special thing and that’s been the testament of this season. And you know it’s an honor and blessing to be here and play in this game.”

And, no doubt, the next one, too.


Nick Foles’ stats in the game of his life:

Comp. 26

Att. 33

Yds. 352

TDs 3

INTs 0

Long gain 53

QB rating 141.4

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