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Remembering that time Foles was a Hall of Famer





By Dave Zangaro December 22, 2017 3:30 PM


What does Brent Celek remember about the last time Nick Foles faced the Oakland Raiders?

"I remember, I think I had the first touchdown," Celek said, "and then there were six more after that."

Good memory.

Foles has faced the Raiders just once in his career and put together a historic game. Back on Nov. 3, 2013, during his first stint with the Eagles, Foles threw seven touchdown passes, tying the NFL record. He's one of eight players to ever throw seven in one game. His cleats and jersey from that 49-20 win are hanging in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

As Foles gets set to face the Raiders on Monday night for the first time since that incredible game, all those memories have come flooding back.

"I remember that year as our team was just trying to figure out our identity at that point," Foles said. "We had had ups and downs and we were just trying to put it all together. I look back at that day as a day we put everything together. And sort of that 'ah ha' moment, we can do this. We know who we are. We know we can be explosive and we just sort of took off at that point."

Coming into that game at O.co Coliseum in early November, the Eagles had lost their previous two games and had scored a combined 10 points in them. The team was 3-5 and the first year under Chip Kelly had started going the wrong way.

Then everything clicked.

Foles hit Celek for his first touchdown pass with 5:18 left in the first quarter. Then he hit Riley Cooper twice and Zach Ertz once before the half ended. Foles added three more touchdown passes in the third quarter.

"It was Foles, the receivers, some great play calls," center Jason Kelce said. "It was a combination of a lot of things going really, really well. He would have ended up setting the NFL record if we kept him in, but we ended up pulling him."

The Eagles pulled Foles from the game with just under 9 1/2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter and put Matt Barkley in. The score at the time was 49-13. Foles had two drives — both three-and-outs — after his record-tying seventh touchdown pass.

Cooper had five catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had five for 150 and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy had four for 36 and a touchdown. Ertz had five for 42 and a touchdown and Celek had three for 27 and a touchdown. Ertz's 15-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was actually the first of his career.

Foles didn't have his second-career four-touchdown game until last week, when the Eagles beat the Giants. With that game, Foles became second on the all-time Eagles' list of QBs with four-touchdown, zero-interception games. Donovan McNabb had eight.

There are less than a dozen Eagles still on the team from that 2013 season and Foles' amazing 27-touchdown, two-interception season.

That seven-touchdown game is still what everyone remembers from that year.

"It was my rookie year, a long time ago," Lane Johnson said. "But it was probably one of the funnest games I've had. Having a good game that game and being a part of Nick's legacy, it was awesome."



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