Originally written on Eagledelphia  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in the Eagles 49-20 win over the Raiders. Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com When Nick Foles exited the Eagles, 17-3, loss to the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, it seemed that Foles had failed in the biggest game of his life. Two weeks later, Foles was back in the starting position with a lot to prove. His performance on Sunday was that of a legend. Foles threw for 406 yards and completed seven touchdown passes without an interception, tying an NFL record, in the Eagles 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles were off and running from the start, but the Raiders kept the game close in the early stages. Foles first touchdown pass came with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter as he connected with Brent Celek on a two-yard strike. The Raiders would cut into the lead with a 24-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski late in the first. The Eagles turned it on in the second. Foles hit Riley Cooper twice for touchdowns in the first five minutes of the quarter. The first was from 17 yards out. The second was a 63-yard strike. Oakland cut into the lead midway through the quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings.  The Eagles answered just over three minutes later with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Zach Ertz. Janikowski kicked a 53-yard field goal to close out the half with the Eagles ahead, 28-13. Foles continued to put on a clinic as the second half began. Just 39 seconds into the half, he connected with LeSean McCoy for a 25-yard touchdown. On the Eagles next offensive play just 2:40 later, Foles hit DeSean Jackson for a 46-yard touchdown. With 4:34 remaining in the third, Foles found Cooper in the end zone for his third touchdown catch of the game from five-yards out. That was Foles’ seventh touchdown pass of the game, which tied an NFL record. Foles attempted his chance at a record-setting eighth touchdown pass on two more drives that stalled in Eagles territory. Matt Barkley played the remainder of the game at quarterback. The Raiders added a two-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Stewart with 52 seconds left in the game as their only second-half score. The Eagles picked up a total of 542 yards of offense on the day including 414 yards passing, 406 from Foles. In the midst of Foles’ career game, it was also a career day for Riley Cooper. Cooper caught five passes, three for touchdowns, and accumulated 139 yards. DeSean Jackson added 150 yards receiving on five catches. Defensively, the Eagles forced two turnovers, interceptions by Connor Barwin and Bradley Fletcher, while limiting the Raiders to 20 points on the day. The Raiders did total 560 yards of offense, but also ran 92 plays offensively, 35 more than the Eagles. Foles joins a group of seven quarterbacks with seven passing touchdowns in a single game, but is one of just three to throw seven touchdowns without an interception, joining Y.A. Tittle and Peyton Manning. Manning completed the feat in the first game of the 2013 NFL season. The win also improved the Eagles to 4-5 on the season, matching last season’s win total. They also kept pace with the Cowboys who still sit a game above the Eagles in the NFC East standings. The Eagles remain on the road next week as they travel to face the Green Bay Packers. They return home to face the Washington Redskins in two weeks before going into the bye week. Kevin Durso is a contributor for Eagledelphia. Look for his weekly Monday Review after every Eagles game. Follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.
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