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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

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Inside the box score: Foles setting rookie marks

December 10, 2012, 9:00 am

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Nick Foles and the Eagles rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a last-second win on Sunday over the Buccaneers (see Instant Replay).

The victory snapped the Birds' eight-game losing skid, while Foles put on an impressive display for a rookie quarterback.

Here's an inside look at the numbers. First, we begin with Reuben Frank's statistics from his own research:

• In his fourth career start, Foles became only the third rookie in NFL history to throw for 380 or more yards with multiple touchdowns and no interceptions. Marc Bulger of the Rams did it in 2002 and Andrew Luck of the Colts this year.

• Foles' 381 passing yards are the 13th-highest total in NFL history by a rookie.

• The last time the Eagles had less than 30 rushing yards and won was Oct. 23, 2005. It's only happened four other times since 1940.

• According to Elias, this is the first time since 1970 that the Eagles have won a game on a last-second touchdown when they were trailing.

• Foles is only the second QB in Eagles history to throw for 380 or more yards, two TDs and no INTs in a game. Donovan McNabb did it three times, most recently in 2007.

• Foles threw for 381 yards. The only other rookie QB to throw over 300 yards in Eagles history: Scott Tinsley in a 1987 strike-replacement game (338 vs. Cowboys).

• The last Eagles rookie QB to rush for a touchdown before Foles' 10-yard rushing TD: John Reaves in 1972.

Now, here's a look at some other milestones and statistics:

• Foles set the franchise’s single-game rookie passing records with 32 completions and 381 yards. Foles’ 1,174 passing yards this season are the third-highest total ever by an Eagles rookie. He trails only Reaves (1,508 in 1972) and Davey O’Brien (1,324 in 1939).

• The Eagles have won four games by two or fewer points this season, which is the most in team history. It was also the team’s fourth come-from-behind win.

• Jeremy Maclin’s 242 receptions are tied with Keith Jackson for the most ever by an Eagle in his first four seasons.

• Damaris Johnson’s 271 punt return yards this season rank second all-time among Eagles rookies, trailing only DeSean Jackson’s 440 in 2008.

• Alex Henery snapped his consecutive field goals streak at 22, which was a team record and the longest streak in the NFL at the time.