- The Philadelphia Eagles enter Super Bowl LII after a wild couple months of quarterback concerns.
- Carson Wentz was having an MVP-calibre season before suffering a season-ending injury in December, forcing backup Nick Foles to guide the Eagles through the playoffs.
- Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld is on reserve should Foles go down in the Super Bowl.
Standing in his way are the Philadelphia Eagles, whose past couple months have been filled with quarterback concerns.
Carson Wentz led the team to an NFC-best 11-2 start, and looked to be on pace for a potential MVP season before tearing an ACL in week 14, sidelining him for the rest of the year.
While many assumed Wentz’s injury meant the end of the road for the Eagles, backup quarterback Nick Foles managed to lead them to two playoff victories, including a decisive rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.
Wentz’s injury also thrust third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the spotlight – should Foles get injured, the little-used Sudfeld will have to step up on the sport’s biggest stage.
Read on to learn about the three quarterbacks taking on Tom Brady and the Patriots this Sunday:
There are three quarterbacks on the Philadelphia Eagles roster: No. 11 Carson Wentz, No. 9 Nick Foles, and No. 7 Nate Sudfeld.
Carson Wentz started out the year under center for the Eagles. The highly touted second-year player led Philly to a surprising 11-2 start, good for first place in the NFC.
Wentz quickly became an icon among Eagles fans, who dubbed their state “Wentzylvania.” His 33 touchdown passes and nearly 3,300 passing yards made Wentz an early MVP favourite.
But Wentz’s dream season came to an end in December, when he tore his ACL in his left knee diving for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.
With Wentz gone, quarterbacking duties fell to backup Nick Foles.
It wasn’t Foles’ first stint in Philadelphia. He had previously led the Eagles to a playoff berth as the team’s starting quarterback in 2013.
Analysts figured the Eagles were dead in the water in the playoffs. But they hung on to a narrow victory over the Atlanta Falcons in their first game, and behind a 26-of-33, 3-touchdown performance from Foles, they routed the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.
Now, Foles is tasked with leading the Eagles against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Interestingly, the last backup quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl was Tom Brady himself in the 2001 season.
Carson Wentz has remained supportive of Foles from the sideline. “It’s been awesome just being around him,” Foles said. “He’s handled this thing amazingly and he continues to be such a great leader in our locker room.”
Source: Eagles Wire
Meanwhile, third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld is suddenly the Eagles’ last lifeline should Foles go down in the Super Bowl.
Sudfeld, a second-year player out of Indiana, barely played any minutes this season, making the first appearance of his career in a meaningless week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
In that game, Sudfeld went 19-for-23, setting an NFL record for completion percentage among quarterbacks making their NFL debut.
If things go Philly’s way, Sudfeld won’t need to play a minute of Super Bowl LII, and their trio of quarterbacks will all be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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