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With the Eagles advancing in the playoffs with an unbelievable 16-15 last-second win Sunday over the Bears, it’s time for 10 equally unbelievable Eagles stats!
1. With the Eagles’ win Sunday, Doug Pederson became the ninth NFL head coach to win his first four postseason games. Four of the first eight are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
7 … Paul Brown [HOF]
6 … Joe Gibbs [HOF]
5 … Tom Flores
5 … Brian Billick
4 … George Seifert
4 … Bill Walsh [HOF]
4 … Doug Pederson
4 … Weeb Ewbank [HOF]
4 … Don McCafferty
2. Nick Foles continued to show why he’s one of the greatest postseason passers in NFL history. Foles on third and fourth down Sunday was 8 for 11 for 79 yards, a TD, no INTs and a 122.9 passer rating. That actually lowered his NFL-record postseason third- and fourth-down career passer rating. In his five postseason games, Foles is 40 for 52 on third or fourth down for 522 yards, with 6 TDs, no INTs and an absurd 146.5 passer rating.
3. Foles’ TD pass to Golden Tate is the first fourth-quarter, fourth-down go-ahead TD pass in the final minute of a postseason game since at least 1991, which is when the NFL started tracking fourth-down plays.
4. Jeff Hostetler regained the NFL record for highest postseason passer rating in NFL history at 112.0, as Foles’ dropped from to 113.2 to 105.2. That’s still second-highest ever, just ahead of Bart Starr’s 104.8.
5. The Eagles allowed 34 sacks their first 11 games. They've allowed seven sacks the last six games.
6. Going into Sunday, teams that were minus-2 or worse in turnover margin were 7-147 in road postseason games. The Eagles made it 8-147. It was also the Eagles’ first win in franchise history — regular season or postseason — when they averaged less than two yards per carry and were minus-2 or worse. Overall in NFL history in the regular season and postseason, all teams gaining less than two yards a carry and minus-2 in turnover margin are 22-332-5, according to Pro-Football-Reference. That’s a .068 winning percentage.
7. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 303 yards against the Eagles Sunday, making the Eagles 3-0 in franchise history in the postseason when allowing 300 passing yards. That also includes Daunte Culpepper of the Vikings, who threw for 316 yards in the Eagles’ 27-14 win in 2004, and Tom Brady, who threw for 505 yards in the Super Bowl last year.
8. Alshon Jeffery has played only four postseason games as an Eagle but he’s already seventh in team history in playoff receiving yards
465 … Harold Carmichael
433 … Todd Pinkston
409 … Chad Lewis
334 … Brian Westbrook
321 … DeSean Jackson
305 … Keith Jackson
301 … Alshon Jeffery
9. The Eagles’ 42 rushing yards Sunday were their fewest in the 44 playoff games in franchise history. The previous low was 45 in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Patriots in Jacksonville. Teams with 42 or fewer rushing yards are now 9-63 in the postseason in NFL history.
10. With fourth-quarter comebacks in both the Super Bowl and Sunday in Chicago, Foles joined Johnny Unitas, Terry Bradshaw, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick as only the fifth quarterback ever with fourth-quarter postseason comebacks in back-to-back seasons. Wilson actually did it three years in a row.
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