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Nick Foles delivers powerful speech after winning Best Championship Performance award at ESPYS

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Nick Foles delivers powerful speech after winning Best Championship Performance award at ESPYS

A year ago at this time, Nick Foles was preparing for a season on the bench as he just tried to stick around the NFL after falling back in love with the game.

He has a little higher profile now.

While Foles is preparing to possibly head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz, he is now the reigning Super Bowl MVP and added another trophy to his case on Wednesday night, when he was given the Best Championship Performance award at the ESPYS.

During his acceptance speech, Foles thanked a bunch of folks, used the word “y’all” more than enough times to remind everyone he’s from Texas and spoke candidly about the incredibly unique path his career has taken.

Here is Foles accepting the award from comedian (and Jim Schwartz’s former college teammate … seriously) Jim Gaffigan.

No, an ESPY is no Super Bowl MVP, but it’s a pretty nice honor and Foles is certainly deserving after leading the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl. Just a reminder, Foles completed 65 percent of his passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns in Super Bowl LII.

Here’s his full speech from Wednesday night at the ESPYS:

I’m honored to be in front of all y’all. I never planned a speech. I quite frankly never expected to win this award or to even be in this moment. I just want to thank the good Lord for giving me the ability to play the game I love. You know, thank my wife Tori, she’s gone through her own battles the last five years. You’ve always been an inspiration. A lot of my family is here, so thank y’all for always supporting me.

It’s been a crazy career. If any of y’all know my career path, it doesn’t make sense. But you know, I’m here right now. My teammates, coaches, you know what, we faced so much adversity this year, we have an amazing team. It’s so much fun to go to work in that locker room every single day. I couldn’t have done it without y’all. We see what happened. We won the first Super Bowl in Philadelphia history, so we’ve got a special group of guys.

And then to the Philadelphia fans. Y’all get a (bad) rap everywhere, but the passion, y’all bring it every single day. So thank y’all. And finally, there’s a lot of kids watching this and it’s kind of been the theme. There are going to be people who doubt you. Don’t listen to them. What matters is what’s in here (taps on chest) and the people who love you and support you. Go out there every day and be bold. Thank you.

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Eagles reportedly do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

Eagles reportedly do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

The Eagles are doing right by Nick Foles at least one more time. 

Remember when Foles got knocked out of the Eagles’ Week 17 game against the Redskins and finished just a few snaps shy of reaching a $1 million bonus? 

Well, the Eagles gave it to him anyway. 

A league source confirmed an ESPN report that the Eagles dished out the $1 million to Foles despite coming a few snaps shy of earning it naturally. 

Thanks to getting knocked out of that Washington game, Foles finished the regular season with 357 offensive snaps out of 1,092 — 32.629 percent. He needed to get to 33 percent to earn that bonus. Normally in these cases, there’s no rounding up. 

This is not a normal case. 

Because after Foles left the Week 17 game, he came back the next week and led the Eagles to a win over the Bears in Chicago in the wild-card round and played the following week in the divisional round. In the last two years, Foles has a 4-1 record in the playoffs for the Birds. 

This is a nice gesture but it doesn’t change anything about Foles’ future. The Eagles are still tying themselves to Carson Wentz long-term, which means it’s still likely Foles will be moving on, either as a free agent or through a trade. We explored all those possibilities here.

During the Eagles’ year-end press conference earlier this week, I asked Howie Roseman about how much they have to factor in Foles’ thoughts and feelings when making a decision: 

It’s always gotta be what’s best for our football team and the Philadelphia Eagles. We gotta make decisions based on that. But there’s also a respect factor for guys that have done a lot for us and have been a part of it. We try to factor that in as well. The bottom line is we gotta do what’s best for our football team to win games going forward.

It seems like we’re seeing some of that respect factor with the move to give Foles the $1 million he fell just short of earning naturally. In the Eagles’ eyes, he clearly deserves this bump, sort of like how he deserved a new contract before the 2018 season after his postseason heroics. 

The Eagles have to do what’s best for the team, but they don’t want to burn any bridges with a Super Bowl hero along the way either. 

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives his predictions for the championship round of the NFL playoffs.

Rams at Saints (NFC Championship, Sunday 3:05 p.m., FOX)
And so the top two seeds in the NFC get another shot at each other. If this one is anything like their regular season meeting in Week 9, it should be quite the shootout. In that regular season affair, the two teams combined for 80 points, 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Saints won their seventh straight game while the Rams were dealt their first loss. With the late-season addition of running back CJ Anderson, the Rams ran through the Cowboys' defense for 273 yards last weekend. Meanwhile, the Saints came out sluggish against the Eagles, finally woke up and held on to get to this point. In 2017, both teams exited the playoffs sooner than they were expecting. This time, the Rams' road to the Super Bowl ends in New Orleans.

Patriots at Chiefs (AFC Championship, Sunday 6:40 p.m., CBS)
The Patriots are like a chameleon. They adapt to their environment on both sides of the ball better than any team in the league. You don’t know what defensive front they’re going to play week to week, and on offense, when you expect them to run, they pass. Prepare to defend their passing attack and they'll run the ball. Back in Week 6, the Pats survived a 43-40 shootout.

But that was in New England. This time, the rematch is at Arrowhead Stadium, arguably the loudest football venue in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1969 season. They haven’t been in the AFC title game since 1993. It's the GOAT, Tom Brady, vs. the new kid on the block in Patrick Mahomes, and he is electric. This is Andy Reid's fourth straight year that he’s gotten Kansas City in the playoffs. This time, Reid and his crew dance their way into Super Bowl LIII.

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