The clock was winding down, the blowout was complete, and the Philadelphia Eagles took starting quarterback Nick Foles out of the game, allowing him to absorb the moment and soak in the cheers spilling down from the highest reaches of Lincoln Financial Field.
Foles was approached on the sideline by teammate Chris Long, who has known him since their days with the St. Louis Rams. It didn’t take a professional lip reader to decipher Long’s words: “I always believed in you.”
“He’s a special guy,” Long said. “He’s not a backup. That’s not the way I look at him.”
Sunday, against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Foles was elite. When the Eagles needed him most, with a trip to...