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Eagles QB Nick Foles wins Super Bowl LII MVP

Nick Foles' remarkable rise to the pinnacle of football earned him two trophies on Sunday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who was considering walking away from professional football just last offseason, won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award after leading Philly past the New England Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII.

Foles' miraculous underdog story reached its conclusion at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the journeyman quarterback threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and even caught a score.

The first quarterback to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl title, Foles made history in more ways than one, also becoming the first player to throw and catch a touchdown in the same game in Super Bowl history.

"We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff. We felt confident coming in and we just went out there and played football," the underdog Foles told NBC's Dan Patrick immediately after the win. "We've played this game since we were little kids. We've dreamed about this moment. There's plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment that someday will be here. To be here with my daughter, my wife , my family, my teammates, this city, I'm very blessed."

Foles' journey to the Super Bowl podium was a long one. Drafted by Andy Reid's Eagles in 2012, Foles started 24 games in Philly over the span of three seasons. During his historic 2013 season, Foles put up a still unmatched 27:2 TD-INT ratio and a league-best 119.2 QB rating. But within one season, Foles was benched and then shipped off to the St. Louis Rams, where he languished for one season under Jeff Fisher.

After one year in Kansas City and an offseason of contemplation, Foles returned to Philadelphia this season on a two-year deal to back up the franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. But when Wentz suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 14, Foles was thrust into the spotlight, and Philadelphia was written off.

NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018 Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles speaks with New England Patriots' Marquis Flowers after the game REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Despite concerns over Foles' ability to perform in big games, Eagles coach Doug Pederson trusted in his journeyman quarterback throughout the postseason and into the Super Bowl.

"We just wanted to stay aggressive. We mixed in some of the RPOs [run-pass options]. The Patriots did a great job of kind of nullifying some of that," Pederson said of his game plan heading into Super Bowl LII. "Listen, my mentality was I'm going to stay aggressive with Nick and let him use his playmakers to make plays."

Foles closed the season with two poor performances, but turned it on in the postseason, leading Philly to three straight wins and its first Super Bowl title. Foles finished the 2017 postseason with 971 passing yards, six passing TDs and just one interception.

Author: Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com

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