PHILADELPHIA — A 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 11 was the low level of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, however quarterback Nick Foles says it was additionally the turning level.
“That recreation has helped us turn out to be the group we’re at this time,” Foles stated Wednesday because the Eagles started preparations for this weekend’s divisional playoff in opposition to New Orleans. “Going by way of that, that is not straightforward as a group to lose like that. However there was by no means a pointing of the finger. It really introduced us nearer. It might separate a group or it may well deliver us nearer, and it introduced us nearer.”
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That loss dropped the Eagles to Four-6 and put their postseason hopes in peril. They responded by profitable 5 of six to seize the sixth and ultimate playoff seed.
Security Malcolm Jenkins, stinging from what he described as an embarrassing loss to his former group, took problem with the Eagles’ demeanor throughout that recreation and instructed some gamers lacked combat.
“At that cut-off date, clearly, that is the low level of our season. However at no level did we doubt that we’ve got the locker room,” Jenkins stated. “We simply knew that we had to put it collectively. Since then, I believe we responded and earned our alternative to return down there.”
Late in that recreation, Jenkins flipped the chicken at Saints coach Sean Payton following a late landing, believing his former coach was working up the rating — a sentiment others within the Eagles locker room, together with deal with Jason Peters, have shared.
Coach Doug Pederson, nonetheless, didn’t play into that angle when addressing the media Wednesday.
“No, I didn’t [think they ran up the score]. Pay attention, we receives a commission to play, identical to they do. We simply did not make sufficient performs,” Pederson stated. “We’ve got to preserve them out of the tip zone and we’ve got to rating. We did not do both one very effectively.”
Foles has been a key a part of the Eagles’ turnaround since that loss. He has won 4 straight rather than the injured Carson Wentz, together with a 16-15 thriller over the Chicago Bears within the wild-card spherical final weekend.
As Bears kicker Cody Parkey lined up for the potential game-winner on the finish of the sport, heart Jason Kelce discovered Foles on the sideline to let him know that he was going to miss him if this was actually the tip. Then got here the Treyvon Hester tip and the double doink, extending Foles’ time in Philly and establishing a rematch with a Saints group that sparked the turnaround.
“”It means the world,” Foles stated. “I am not anxious in regards to the future, however on the similar time, I perceive the place I stand. And each time I put on that jersey is particular and to play with guys like Jason, that is particular. I have been lucky to play with the most effective heart within the recreation.
“I will always remember that. Happily, we tipped the sphere purpose and it did not go in, which was an enormous play by Hester. However we get yet another week collectively, not less than.”