Reid: Foles Made the Call On Final Touchdown

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.With the game on the line and two seconds on the clock, it was Nick Foles who decided what play to run, Andy Reid said following the Eagles’ 23-21 victory over the Bucs.

“He wanted that last play,” Reid said. “That’s a play that he wanted. I’m talking about the last play of the game. He called it. He wanted it, and he executed it. He did a great job with it so hats off to him.”

Foles rolled to his right and found Jeremy Maclin near the sideline for the 1-yard touchdown, capping off a 13-play, 64-yard drive.

“He came off and he wanted that play,” Reid said. “It was a play we had in the gameplan in that situation, but that’s the one he liked the best so he was feeling it, and listen, that’s a great thing when your quarterback’s in tune like that. You saw when he came off, he goes ‘Hey I’m feeling this right here.’ And then you saw Marty [Mornhinweg] give him the high-five. That’s what that was all about. He just goes, ‘Hey, that’s an awesome deal.’ That’s a great feeling right there, so I’m proud of the kid.”

Foles went 32-for-51 for 381 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran one in from 10 yards out.

With 7:21 left in the fourth, it looked like the Eagles were headed for their ninth straight loss, down 21-10. But they put together drives of 72 and 64 yards, respectively. Not counting the plays where he spiked the ball, Foles went 10-for-17 for 135 yards on those last two drives.

“How important is it for a young guy? I’d tell you, it’s a step forward for sure,” Reid said. “He’s coming off I thought a positive game against Dallas. He put together a good game here against a defense that’s tough, but he had to battle. I mean it just wasn’t a smooth event. We had our ups and downs, ebb and flows of the game, and he hung with it. Looked like he made people around him better, and himself, he got better.”

For Reid, it was his first win since Sept. 30, and the joy was evident on the coach’s face after the game. While observers might say the game meant nothing, that clearly wasn’t true for Reid, the coaches or the players, who celebrated as soon as Maclin’s catch was ruled a touchdown.

“They’re excited,” Reid said. “You go two months without winning a game in Philadelphia, that’s a tough thing. And so I’m proud of these guys just staying true to themselves and battling like crazy and coming up with a win down here.”

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  • Good game. hopefully this is something to build on.

  • Kimbafuzz

    I’m happy for the team! :) Losing sucks.

  • yatin

    great game for the kid. not sure what it means long term, but it’s a big positive either way. a few more solid games like today from foles might help convince whatever coach we try to lure

    • I’m cautiously optimistic. BUT I’m holding all judgement till we get to the end and see how he does in the rest of the games.

  • dislikedisqus

    Very happy for Nick and the rest of the team. Winning, knowing you can lead a FW drive on the road in December, has to be huge in his maturation. We all say we want to lose to get the best draft position, but losing game after game can’t be good for a player’s development. Congratulations on your first win, Nick. We look forward to many more.

    • BlindChow

      Looks like it’ll be an underwhelming draft, so moving down a pick or two won’t kill us. If we win the next three games, however…

      • 1972

        i defenitely like the win , but i agree with u. lets not finish too strong so it can become fools gold part 2.. i dont want a low draft pick and lurie telling us andys coming back one more year. id like foles to do well, but we still lose these games, because the secondary still stinks

        • Ha! “Fool’s Gold Part 2” Coming Soon!

  • Jeremy Freeman

    Say what you want about Reid; the players certainly haven’t quit on him.

    • Too bad he built a team and coaching staff that stink as a unit.

    • xlGmanlx

      Because he doesn’t hold them accountable and never talks bad about them in public. Not saying being a professional and not insulting your staff in public forum is bad practice, but they might have ulterior motives.

  • Philly_Bigz

    Don’t bust out your party hates for the dismissal of Reid just yet!!! By the looks of it, He might not be leaving Philly. Since most of the offense has gotten hurt and with this show of promise from this bunch, Lurie might just turn around and give everyone the finger and keep Reid for his final year. I don’t like the idea any more than any one else but seeing what was happening out there in the field against the bucs showed that this team still has life and a heart that pumps but with a faint heartbeat…I don’t know about ya’ll but it feels great to get a win even though it affects the draft. Defense showed up and brought it, Maybe not like everybody wants them to bring it but they showed some improvement. I saw bad coverage but I did see some hits which makes me happy, I guess the corners just have to have their jobs on the line to play and hit like they mean it.

    • Philly_Bigz

      Hats not hate…lol

  • The Guru

    The entire offense looks better with Foles running things. Is he ever going to be Aaron Rodgers? Probably not. Can he be Joe Flacco or Matt Schaub? I think so. Those two have proven you can win in this league by running the football, not turning it over, and playing defense.

    Notice there are no turnovers coming from the QB position. Notice there are no random time outs that Vick continually blew because he had no idea what he was looking at. Foles can actually slide and protect himself. And he’s playing with a worse offensive line than Vick, no Shady, no DeSean, and no Celek yesterday.