After the Patriots’ 24-12 win over the Bills Sunday, a reporter informed Julian Edelman that Nick Foles had led the Philadelphia Eagles on a last-gasp drive to beat the Houston Texans. The Eagles’ victory put the Patriots back in the driver’s seat for the No.2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.
Edelman took a moment to gather his thoughts about Foles, the quarterback who achieved hero status in Philadelphia for knocking off New England in Super Bowl LII. Then the wide receiver responded.
“Fly Eagles fly,” Edelman said.
Edelman was wearing his newly-acquired AFC East Champions hat and t-shirt. He had six catches for 70 yards against the Bills, including a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Buffalo defense thought they had tackled the 32-year-old, but he used the tacklers to stay off the ground and spring forward towards the end zone.
With the Texans’ loss, the Patriots (10-5) can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium next Sunday. New England beat Houston (10-5) in Week 1, so they own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Eagles (8-7) needed Foles to rediscover his Super Bowl magic on Sunday. The quarterback, who stepped in for injured starter Carson Wentz last week, threw for a franchise-record 471 yards and four touchdowns. Although he absorbed a crunching late hit during the the deciding drive that forced him out for one play, Foles returned to convert a pair of 3rd and 10 chances and set Jake Elliot up for the 35-yard winning field goal.
Edelman wasn’t the only Patriot feeling some unexpected love for Foles. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin noted the New England locker room was shouting “Hell yeah Nick!” and “Nick Foles does it again” after Elliot’s kick split the uprights, while ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported safety Duron Harmon recognized the irony of rooting for the Philly Specialist.
“Shout out to Nick Foles,” Harmon said.
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