SportsCenter's official Twitter made note of the historic achievement, which occurred with plenty of time to spare before the end of the contest:
Nick Foles just threw his SEVENTH TD pass of the day, tying NFL record for most Pass TD in a game. There is 4:28 left in the 3rd quarter.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 3, 2013
Foles threw his third touchdown pass of the third quarter to match the seven-touchdown mark.
It was the third trip to pay dirt for Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, as the second-year signal-caller rolled right after faking it to LeSean McCoy, and hit Cooper in the back corner of the end zone:
However, Foles wouldn't get the chance to break the record, as Matt Barkley replaced him late in the fourth quarter:
Matt Barkley just put his helmet, so no record for Foles.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) November 3, 2013
Foles finished with 406 yards on 22 of 28 passing to go with the seven touchdowns as the Eagles cruised to an easy victory in Oakland.
Had Foles ever thrown seven TD's at any level of football? Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly provides the answer:
Had Nick Foles thrown 7 TDs before, at any level? "Only in a video game."— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) November 4, 2013
On Tuesday Foles' gear was sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to the Eagles' Twitter feed:
After Philadelphia had scored just one touchdown combined in the previous two games, this eruption gives first-year head coach Chip Kelly serious substance with which to detract critics.
Kelly talked about Foles after the game (via Berman):
Kelly on Foles: “I think that’s what we all expected. ...What happened in the Dallas game was really the exception and not the rule for him”— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) November 4, 2013
Denver Broncos superstar Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns of his own in a Week 1 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. With Manning's multitude of offensive weapons and his pedigree, something that mind-boggling would seem more feasible than Foles' phenomenal performance.
That's especially so considering how the poor the Eagles offense had been in the previous two games. Whatever went wrong before has been righted, though, and Foles is making a strong case for himself to be the franchise quarterback of the future.
Foles entered the game with a 101.3 passer rating, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions on the 2013 season. He eclipsed that touchdown total against the Raiders alone, in the process reinvigorating Philadelphia's hopes of being a legitimate playoff contender in the jumbled NFC East.