If second year Eagles quarterback Nick Foles never plays another NFL game he has left his mark. His name will now be inscribed in the NFL Record and Fact Book forever. Last Sunday he tied the NFL record with 7 touchdown passes in a single game, the 7th quarterback to achieve this feat.
While he tied the record, he actually bested it to a degree.
A review of his six predecessors helps to explain.
November 14, 1943
Sid Luckman, Bears vs. Giants
Luckman playing in his 52nd NFL game, completed 21 of 32 passes for 433 yards, he threw for 7 scores and one interception. His 7th TD pass came in the 4th period, in 56-7 victory over the Giants. Sid’s completion percentage was 65% for the game.
October 17, 1954
Adrian Burk, Eagles vs. Redskins
Burk playing in his 50th game completed 19 of 27 passes for 232 yards with 7 touchdown passes and one interception in a 49-21 win over the Redskins. His 7th scoring pass came in the 4th period; he completed 70% of his passes.
November 19, 1961
George Blanda, Oilers vs. New York Titans
Blanda playing in his 142nd game completed 20 of 32 passes for 418 yards, throwing for 7 scores and one interception in a 49-13 rout of the Titans, later to be renamed the Jets. Blanda threw his 7th td in the 4th quarter, and he was their place kicker, to go along with the 7 scoring passes, he kicked 7 extra points. He completed 62% of his passes that game
October 28, 1962
Y A Tittle Giants vs. Redskins
Tittle playing in his 168th game completed 27 of 39 passes for 505 yards, 7 scoring throws and no interceptions in a 49-34 win over Washington. He threw his 7th td pass in the 4th quarter and completed 69% of his passes.
September 28, 1969
Joe Kapp Vikings vs. Baltimore Colts
Kapp playing in his 29th NFL game, he also had played for eight seasons in Canada before signing with the Vikings in 1967. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 449 yards, 7 td passes, one interception and ran for 14 yards in a 52-14 win over Baltimore. He threw his 7th td pass in the 4th quarter, and completed 65% of his passes that afternoon in Bloomington Minnesota.
September 5, 2013
Peyton Manning, Broncos vs. Ravens
Manning playing in his 225th game, completed 27 of 42 passes for 462 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in a 49-27 win over the Ravens. He threw his 7th td pass in the 4th quarter and completed 64% of his passes that Thursday night.
November 3, 2013
Nick Foles Eagles vs. Raiders
Foles appearing in his thirteenth career game, and making just his ninth start, completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, 7 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 49-20 victory over the Raiders. His 7th touchdown pass was thrown in the third period and he completed 78.5 of his passes.
Foles now will always be part of football lore by tying a record that just a handful of old pros had achieved. Luckman, Tittle, and Blanda are in the Hall of Fame and Manning will be a first ballot selection 5 years after he retires.
The aspect of the Foles 7 touchdown pass game though that sets him apart from these legends is that he accomplished this in just his second season, his ninth career start. Compare that to the other players on this list.
Every other player here threw their 7th td pass in the 4th quarter; Foles threw his in the third. If he was just chasing a record he could have thrown his 8th with the entire 4th period left to play. I am sure Chip Kelly gave him the option to do so, but choose to play it close to the vest. Also, his 78.5% completion rate last Sunday is by far the best of any of the 7 td throwers in their games.
Foles tied the record, but clearly could have bested it.
The record book will say he tied the record, but in my history book with all aspects considered, Nick Foles just might have had the best single game by a quarterback in NFL history.
Let the history buffs out there debate.