Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls, and he came mighty close to winning two more. So when it comes to the big game, it’s fair to say he’s been there, done that – more so than any quarterback in NFL history.
Nick Foles, however, is a different story. The 29-year-old was thrust into the starting lineup after Carson Wentz tore his ACL in December.
How will Foles respond to playing in the Super Bowl?
“I think he’s going to be fine,” former Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete said on Taz & The Moose. “He’s proven that he can play in this league and play very well and play at a high level. I think the pressure was really on him to get the Eagles to the Super Bowl. Once Wentz went down, a lot of people said, ‘Oh, there’s the Eagles’ season. We can’t get there.’ And he’s done nothing but play well and play steady for the Eagles. So I think the fact that they’re here, I think there will be less pressure than there was on him playing against Minnesota and getting the Eagles here.”
If that is the case, Eagles fans should feel pretty good. After all, Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant 38-7 win in the NFC Championship.
While Foles deserves a lot of credit, so does head coach Doug Pederson. He knew what he had in Wentz, but he also knew the importance of having a top-notch backup.
“He knew that if anything were to happen to Carson Wentz, he had a guy right behind him that could step in and make plays,” Peete said. “They’re going to be all right. Philly’s going to be all right with him. They got a shot.”
Peete, who played in the NFL from 1989 to 2004, gave the Patriots the advantage in handling the hoopla leading up to the Super Bowl, but he thinks the Eagles will hold their own after kickoff.
“Once the game starts,” he said, “it turns into football again.”