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Career stats of Nick Foles, Carson Wentz are strikingly similar

The Philadelphia Eagles were dealt a devastating blow when Carson Wentz’s season was snuffed out after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during a Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams. Prospects of the Eagles overcoming such a setback with backup Nick Foles at quarterback and making a deep postseason run were viewed as slim to none.

But the Eagles did in fact rise to the challenge. A victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round and a sound throttling of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game punched their ticket for a Super Bowl LII showdown with the New England Patriots.

Foles in particular was magnificent in the NFC title game, picking apart the vaunted Vikings defense with relative ease. While Foles’ stellar play was a shock to many, perhaps that should not have been the case. A look at how Foles’ career stats measure up favorably to Wentz’s is simply mind-blowing. Not only that, they are nearly identical.

While there are slight discrepancies in their touchdown-to-interception ratios — not to mention the circumstances in which the two quarterbacks produced their overall numbers — the stats put up by Foles and Wentz are so strikingly similar it begs the question how much of a drop-off should have been reasonably anticipated when the former replaced the latter.

Either way, the Eagles of course would have preferred having Wentz at quarterback for Super Bowl LII. That should go without saying. After all, the 25-year-old was putting up MVP-caliber numbers when injured.

That said, perhaps the pundits, analysts and insiders — not to mention fans — wildly underestimated how well Foles would play under tremendously difficult circumstances.