I’m not saying that it was a long time since the Eagles won at home, but their last victory at the Linc prior to Sunday was before the Chinese started tinkering with fireworks, back when the Dead Sea still was the Sick Sea.
OK, I digressed into a little bit of hyperbole there.
The Eagles beat the Washington Not Politically Correctors 24-16, their first home victory in a whopping 413 days. That’s almost 14 months. Folks back then weren’t even losing their insurance over Obamacare yet. The drought lasted 10 games.
And, lo and behold, the Birds now find themselves perched in the NFC East penthouse at 6-5 all by their lonesome.
Time to canonize Chip Kelly, I imagine.
And why not Nick Foles, too?
The kid with the trigger-quick mind and trigger-quick arm who is allergic to interceptions had another excellent performance, completing 17 of 26 passes for 298 yards and also rushing for a career-high 47 yards and a touchdown (his running was especially astonishing considering you need a sundial to time Foles in the 40).
His passer rating was 104.1. Foles has thrown 15 or more passes six times this year and has had a passer rating of 100 or better five times.
Only two NFL quarterbacks have had more games this year with a rating of at least 100, and both — Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson — have started twice as many games as Foles.
If you are a numbers person and an Eagles fan, you just gotta be orgasmic.
Just as rap-artist-bling gaudy are these numbers: Foles extended his streak of passes without an interception to 199, second-longest streak in franchise history.
In fact, Foles is the stingiest quarterback when it comes to throwing interceptions in NFL history, throwing a mere two picks in 349 passes in his last 13 games.
Who knew that arithmetic could be the most fun you could have with your clothes on?
Of course, outside of yours truly, nobody is perfect. Foles, a guy who tied the NFL record earlier this year with seven touchdown passes in a game, didn’t throw a touchdown pass yesterday. No wonder Kelly has yet to name him the official starter.
But Foles did come thisclose to throwing two touchdown passes. His apparent 43-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek in the second quarter turned into a 42-yarder to the 1-yard line on a booth review, and an apparent 4-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper was ruled a 3-yarder.
Evidently the only people who can stop Foles from tossing TDs are the nitpicky stat geeks.
Finally, here are some other impressive numbers. It was Foles’ third straight win, his first career win at the Linc and his first-ever victory over an NFC East team.
You don’t have to be Nostradamus to know that Michael Vick’s tenure in Philly is so past tense.