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Nick Foles named co-MVP of 2014 Pro Bowl

Jan 27, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT

Nick Foles

Full disclosure: I didn’t spend one second watching the Pro Bowl. If you did happen to tune in though, you witnessed the latest chapter in the legend of Nick Foles.

The quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles connected on seven of 10 pass attempts for 89 yards and a touchdown to Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, a performance worthy of being named Most Valuable Player on offense in the NFL’s annual all-star game.

This is the first time a member of the Birds was named MVP of the Pro Bowl since Randall Cunningham in 1989. Reggie White and Chuck Bednarik have also won the award.

According to the box score, Foles engineered a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, his TD to Cameron lifting their squad to a seven-point lead with 4:41 remaining. It wasn’t enough for the win though, as the opposing team’s offense scored in the final minute and converted a two-point conversion to steal the victory.

Foles was the most efficient passer during the regular season in 2013, and he was the most efficient passer among the six QBs at the Pro Bowl with a 130.8 rating. He was the only one of the six not to throw an interception.

DeSean Jackson was on Foles’ team, hauling in a 36-yard touchdown from Andrew Luck. Jackson finished with three catches for 40 yards.

LeSean McCoy and Evan Mathis played for the other side. The Pro Bowl was unconferenced this year, with the teams drafted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

McCoy carried three times for 14 yards, and added an 18-yard reception.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson was named the defense MVP.

Every year, there’s talk of canceling the Pro Bowl, but I think things are just fine the way they are. The event does good television ratings, the best players in the NFL (and Alex Smith for some reason) get trips to Honolulu, and I don’t watch it, so what do I care if the game stinks?

>> Recap [ESPN]

  1. death from above - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Anything good that happens to Nick Foles is fine with me

  2. joe kazmierski - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    I didn’t watch a second either. Nice uniforms. Don’t we think that deep down – Chip Kelly sort of wants a different quarterback? Nothing against Nick, but Chip wants a Kaepernik type. I think. Without the mistakes.

    • willh888 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Best QB this season was 37 year old Peyton Manning. He’s probably the exact opposite of Kaepernick. Chip probably wants a QB who can complete passes and a RB who can run the football. Blockers who can block helps.

    • Marvin Monroe - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      “Don’t we think that deep down – Chip Kelly sort of wants a different quarterback?”


    • Dan - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Absolutely not. Any coach would dream of having a QB who doesn’t turn the ball over, no matter what.

  3. phillymike72 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Didn’t even bother to watch the game. I don’t think I’ve seen a pro bowl in ten years. Still proud of Nick. It’s going to be a LONG time till summer camp. I can’t wait!

  4. The Mac - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Got lucky and turned it on late to see Foles with his scoring drive in the fourth. Looking back on the highlights, Jackson looked pretty sharp as well, especially on that flea-flicker from Luck.

    The Pro-Bowl is what it is. You can’t take the game down a notch physically and still expect it to be uber-competitive. Might as well have some fun with it on the dead weekend before the Super Bowl.

    Like death from above wrote, I’m just glad the Eagles that were there played well, represented the team properly and no one got hurt.

  5. Marvin Monroe - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Yea, but is he an elite Pro Bowl quarterback?

    • Lois - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      What does this guy need to do to get some repect. He is going to be one of the best quarterbacks that the Eagles have had in a real long time. Smart, sharp and committed to be the best. GO NICK!!!

      • Marvin Monroe - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Lois, you make some good points. But we need to see if Foles is the man to lead Team Sanders to that next level. As well as he played last night, Team Sanders still came up short. Let’s not forget, he was a late draft pick by Sanders. Does his lack of speed prevent Team Sanders from operating at their highest level? Is Foles somebody Team Sanders can rely on for years?

    • jak - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      He’s not an elite QB, and never will be. BUT, if he helps them win the SuperBowl, I can live with that…

      • jak - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        yur an idiot

      • jak - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        NO I’M NOT

  6. Earl - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I’ll be interested to see how his Pro Bowl performance ranks on the Mike Missinelli Eyeball Test © , the most valid and reliable measurement of Franchise Quaterbacks© .

  7. death from above - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    For you doubters and naysayers…

    If Nick was a 1st rounder, y’all would be saying “What a great job by the front office! This dude is for real! ‘ As a third rounder, he gets no respect from the fools, who forget that a third round QB named Joe Montana did pretty well in the NFL.

    As far as “mobile QB’s”, you can make an arguement that two have won the super bowl. Thr rest were kinda like Nick Foles.


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