Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/12

PHILADELPHIA - Each team has a Pro Bowl quarterback, but the star of this show was an unheralded rookie playing in his first NFL game.

Quarterback Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles' third-round pick from Arizona, threw two long touchdown passes on Thursday night to lead the Eagles to a 24-23 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field.

Foles completed 6 of 10 passes for 144 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a QB rating of 143.75. And Eagles kicker Alex Henery was the hero in the closing seconds, booting a 51-yard field goal with 12 seconds left for the winning points.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't play much for the Steelers, but he played long enough - one series -- to complete almost all of his passes and give his team a 3-0 lead.

More importantly, Roethlisberger got out of the exhibition without getting injured, even though he was sacked twice. That's more than the Eagles' Michael Vick can say. Vick hurt his left hand - Vick is left-handed -- in the second quarter when he hit the helmet of center Jason Kelce while following through on a pass. But the Eagles can breathe a sigh of relief -- X-rays taken on Vick's left thumb were negative.

The Steelers started two rookies on their offensive line -- David DeCastro at right guard and Mike Adams at left tackle, a good early test for their first- and second-round draft picks, respectively. But Adams hurt his right knee in the second quarter and sat out the rest of the game.

The Steelers took the opening kickoff and put on an impressive drive, including a 17-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders. But sacks by defensive ends Phillip Hunt and Darryl Tapp slowed the drive and the Steelers had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham and a 3-0 lead.

Roethlisberger took a seat on the bench after that, having completed 7 of 8 passes for 49 yards and a QB rating of 92.2.

The Eagles' offense stalled again and a 33-yard run by the Steelers' Jonathan Dwyer put the ball on the 3. On third down, quarterback Byron Leftwich found Sanders wide open in the end zone for a 10-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Steelers defensive end Al Woods intercepted a screen pass from backup QB Mike Kafka and returned it 51 yards before running back Bryce Brown ran him down on the Eagles' 5. But the offense couldn't punch it in, and the Steelers had to settle for another field goal and a 13-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles finally found a spark with Foles, who started the third quarter. On first down from the Eagles 30, Foles went back to pass and was pressured. He stepped up in the pocket, avoided a would-be sacker and spotted rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson wide open over the middle. Foles hit Johnson in stride, and Johnson outraced the defense to the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown that cut the Steelers' lead to 13-7 with 7:49 left in the third quarter.

Then Foles struck again. This time he hit rookie receiver Mardy Gilyard down the left sideline for a 44-yard touchdown, which gave the Eagles a 14-13 lead with 5:52 left in the third period.

But that didn't last long, as Steelers running back Chris Rainey turned a short screen pass into a 47-yard TD, which gave the lead back to the Steelers, 20-14, with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

The Eagles took back the lead with 5:26 left to play, when fourth-string QB Trent Edwards hit rookie wide receiver Jamel Hamler with a short pass that Hamler turned into a 16-yard TD.

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