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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws a touchdown pass against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Three stars of the game: Which three players rose to the occasion vs. Bears

7 January 2019 Eagles News


It’s over, the dust has settled, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears 16-15. The Eagles went to Chicago, the underdog, and won. It took a big team effort and in the end, the Eagles stood tall and live to see another day. On the day, there were three players who outdid the rest, and here they are. Without further ado, here are the three stars of the game.

Third Star: DL Treyvon Hester

Before the game, the average fan might not have known who Hester was. But now, after his contribution on the play that saved the Eagles season, he’s a household name. It is now confirmed by the NFL, Hester blocked the 43-yard field goal by Cody Parkey that would have won the game.  This play saved the Eagles season and could end up being a catalyst for a big revenge win over the New Orleans Saints.

Second Star: WR Golden Tate

Remember when he was doubted by many people as a bust when the Eagles acquired him? Golden Tate withstood the course and now when the Eagles needed him the most, he came up clutch. Tate caught five passes on the day, including the go-ahead touchdown on fourth down. He made big plays when called upon and honestly, proved his worth just in this one game. It was a big outing for him and against the Saints next week, he’ll surely be itching to continue to have a big impact on the game.

First Star: QB Nick Foles

Without Nick Foles yesterday, this win is not possible. Foles struggled early against a very good Bears defense. He threw one very ugly pick, forcing the ball into the end zone. But, when it came down to it, Foles answered the call. With the season on the line, Foles led the team down the field and scored a touchdown on fourth down. Head coach Doug Pederson said it, Foles has this cool and calm about him that almost assures you in those moments, the Eagles will score. He finished the game with 266 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions. But statistics aside, he made plays when they were needed to be made the most.

 

Photo Credit:  AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh


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