Nick Foles has a historically great postseason passer rating

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles isn’t just playing well in the postseason, he’s putting up passing numbers at a historically unprecedented pace.

Foles has a passer rating of 122.1 through two games this postseason, the best in the NFL. And when you add in Foles’ numbers from his start in the 2013 postseason, Foles now has the highest postseason passer rating in NFL history. Through three career playoff games, Foles has completed 72 of 96 passes for 793 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. That works out to a 116.4 passer rating.

That 116.4 passer rating is the best in NFL history for any quarterback with at least 75 postseason passes. The quarterback whose passer rating record Foles broke, Jeff Hostetler, had a similar story to Foles: He was a backup who became a starter late in the regular season, and then in the postseason, for the Giants when starter Phil Simms got hurt in 1990.

There are six quarterbacks in NFL history who have thrown at least 75 postseason passes and have a career postseason passer rating better than 100. Here’s the full list:

116.4 Nick Foles
112.0 Jeff Hostetler
104.8 Bart Starr
102.8 Kurt Warner
100.8 Matt Ryan
100.7 Drew Brees

Foles will need another good game against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII to remain atop that list. The Eagles would love to see Foles become another Jeff Hostetler.

49 responses to “Nick Foles has a historically great postseason passer rating

  1. The iggle fans can thank Chip Kelly for Nicks post season success this season because that’s the reads he is using

  2. I agree that these numbers mean nothing once the ball is snapped and he drops back to throw in the Super Bowl.

    But football fans who were dismissive of Foles’ ability to lead the Eagles past the Vikings’ “best defense in the NFL” need to admit that that not only were they wrong, but the writing was on the wall and it said he was capable of this; when he struggled, he never choked in clutch moments while a bye and home field were on the line. He played a very solid game v. the Falcons and made some very tough throws, and he exceeded all expectations yesterday. Respect, Nick.

  3. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    “The quarterback whose passer rating record Foles broke, Jeff Hostetler…”

    Which only further validates the Belichick quote “Stats are for losers.”

    Um, didn’t Hostettler win the super bowl that year? Sounds like a winner to me…

  4. Funny how it works. After brilliant playoff games, people are already talking about whether Bortles will even play for his team next year, and who they should bring in to challenge him; and some Eagles fans can’t wait to push Foles back out of the spotlight because Wentz will do even better (in theory).

    I get it, but it’s still funny how it works. I think many teams give up on QBs too quickly these days. Stay the course, build a team, give the QB time to grow with your team.

  5. Well, he just faced the Vikings. Let’s understand that the Vikings in the regular season are one thing, but the Vikings in the Post season have a long and storied history of being the most inept teams in sports.

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  6. Doesn’t matter, his next game is already being predetermined in planning meetings between Kraft, Belichick, Goodell and Gene Steratore’s crew. Oh, they’ll allow some first half drama, Pats will be on the ropes and then the game will suddenly shift against the Eagles.

    Brady will throw a late 4th quarter TD and the wool will once again be pulled over the NFL fan’s eyes…

    On to 2018.

  7. In response to the comment:
    “The quarterback whose passer rating record Foles broke, Jeff Hostetler…”

    Which only further validates the Belichick quote “Stats are for losers.”
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Hostetler & the Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

  8. Yeah why doesn’t Pederson get much credit in the media? They talk about Foles, Ajayi, the defense which is fair, but nothing about the offensive mastermind that is showing shades of Bill Walsh.

  9. Stats are for losers? Pffft No Way! They mean something. Minnesota had the number #1 defense in the league……..wait I think I just backed up your point. Later!

  10. pittsburghdamned worst championship games in years ,,I would say 2005 AFC game you would have to go back too

  11. eaglesfanalways says:
    January 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    In response to the comment:
    “The quarterback whose passer rating record Foles broke, Jeff Hostetler…”

    Which only further validates the Belichick quote “Stats are for losers.”
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    Hostetler & the Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

    —————-

    Double fun fact: Bill Belichick was the DC on that Giant’s team.

  12. Well, Foles was playing against a team that shouldn’t have been on the field in the first place, whose defense folded like a tent the past 6 quarters, and against a team who was more interested in trademarking some miracle phrases than it was in getting in lock step against their next opponent.

    But still – he kicked tail – and Wisconsin, er, Eastern PA is thrilled about it. 😉

  13. pittsburghdamned says:

    January 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Worst Championship games in years.

    This Super Bowl lacks anything whatsoever to get excited about.

    ……Unless your an Eagles fan

  14. As an eagles fan, I love to see foles getting credit. But realistically he was only able to pad his stats vs a very poor vikings defense. If he had to face a good defense we all know he would not have these solid numbers. 😉

  15. Meh….Stats are for losers. What matters is shredding the alleged #1 Defense. People can say what they want but Foles is a baller.They can’t see it because of their Eagle hate. “Foles can’t throw deep” LMAO!

  16. “If he had to face a good defense we all know he would not have these solid numbers. 😉”

    Yeah, let’s see him do it against a Eagles caliber Defense! Foles>SKOALS

  17. “Worst Championship games in years.”

    I would say that Denver getting utterly and totally dismantled 45-7 or whatever it was is the worst Super Bowl in years. Total blowouts are not fun for the casual fan or anyone but the fans of the team beating the crap out of the other one.

    Every Pats Super Bowl has a been a close, hard fought, exciting game, whether they won or lost. That’s what most people want from the Super Bowl since their team has already been eliminated, they just want a great game and the Pats have delivered in all 7 so far.

  18. This really isn’t a surprise. You’re drawing from small samples for both Foles and Hostetler, so of course their numbers will look inflated. Give each of them another 10 postseason starts and their stats will even out.

  19. ” …in the postseason, he’s putting up passing numbers at a historically unprecedented pace.”

    All the more shocking considering most of those numbers came against, what viking fans have been telling us all year long was, a historically dominating defense.

  20. Foles should give half his signing bonus that he’s gonna get next year to Zimmer. Made him look like the next Brady last night.

    Oh, and bordner…it was a historically dominating defense(during the regular season)…if you’re into that whole record books kind of thing…look it up.

  21. “and I think that is Next level coaching by Doug”

    So true. For Pederson at least, whereas Marrone did the exact opposite.

    When the Eagles got out to a lead, they kept firing. They didn’t get scared and just try to milk the 2nd half out, they kept doing what made them successful, what gave them the lead in the first place and allowed them to dominate, and they played like a team that knows how to finish and go for the throat.

    When the Jags got out to a lead, they played like they felt lucky to be ahead and just wanted to not make a mistake the rest of the way, try to sneak out with a win. They stopped doing everything that made them successful early, went away from everything that was putting the Pats on their heels. Got scared, got nervous, got incredibly predictable, and they coached the rest of that game like they were afraid of the clock.

    This is why i love Doug Pederson (and i’m not even an Eagles fan). I feel like he spent years under Andy Reid watching him make the same mistakes of late game conservatism and game plan deviation over and over and told himself he wouldn’t make those mistakes in big moments.

  22. bleck5 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Foles is going to steal Wentz’ job. Book it

    You must not be a successful gambler.

  23. Good luck trying to enjoy your super bowl in Minneapolis Eagles fans. Forgot you had to go there to play? Rally’s are being organized to show the same hospitality Vikings fans were shown… Bring your helmets.

  24. Starr didn’t throw as many passes, but in the no-glove era, his receivers’ fingers were as good as icicles.

  25. Bart Starr is the only old timer in the list, before the rules were changed in the 1970s to greatly assist passing. 9 wins in 10 playoff games, 5 championships in 7 years. GOAT.

  26. Eagles winning a Super Bowl without Andy Reid… is like the Eagles almost winning a Super Bowl WITH Andy Reid (losing to the Patriots by FG). Not happ’nin’!

    Pats 27
    Eagles 14

  27. “Good luck trying to enjoy your super bowl in Minneapolis Eagles fans. Forgot you had to go there to play? Rally’s are being organized to show the same hospitality Vikings fans were shown… Bring your helmets”

    I celebrated until 3am, got two hours sleep and went to work. I’m not in a bad mood (how could I be after we stomped the frauds from minnie) but wasn’t feeling chipper until I read your post. My wife asked me what I was laughing at since she was in the kitchen cooking a victory feast and I was clear across the house in the den. I read her your post and she laughed too. I wouldn’t waste my $$ going to Minnesota. I think theres a Leonardo DiCaprio movie that came out a few eons ago “The gangs of Minneapolis”…LMAO. From what I hear from packers fans…the only thing you do well in Minnie is choke ! A real tough bunch..lol lol lol.Enjoy your looong off season. I really hope the vikings sign Casey Kanum…he was hilarious!

  28. A sample of two.

    With that basis of assessing greatness, even Yugo built two good vehicles.

  29. I love it. Every good team the Eagles beat this year leading up to the game is “Eagles will get crushed” or “Eagles will be exposed”, however once the Eagles soundly beat these teams rather then giving Eagles credit you year “Atlanta isn’t that good” or “Vikings are overrated” ect… Same thing with the Carolina game or the Rams. Fact fact the Eagles were the best team in the NFC by far this season. I bet if Eagles do win against NE you are gonna hear things like “Well it was against an old Brady” or “The Patriots aren’t that good this year” ect… I love it. No respect.

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