Could 2020’s Philadelphia Eagles face Nick Foles in the NFL Playoffs?

Nick Foles (Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Foles (Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports) /

Philadelphia Eagles fans might notice something if they look ahead.

We’re approaching the end of the 2020 calendar year, and the world is much different than the one we’re all used to. The COVID-19 pandemic now forces us to avoid people we’d like to be around as our affection is now best demonstrated by staying away from the people that we love. For Philadelphia Eagles fans, we weren’t even certain that we’d see our favorite team play ball this season, and even though a member of the New York Giants tested positive, it appears that business will go on as usual in both the Giants and Eagles organizations.

That means the lowly NFC East still struggles to find its champion. The ‘Birds’, despite sitting at 2-4-1, lead the division, and if the playoffs were to begin today, they’d be the fourth seed in the NFC. Most of Philadelphia’s fans know that, but here’s what they may not know.

The Chicago Bears would be the fifth seed at 5-2. Why is that important? Oh, you’re going to love this one.

Imagine a Philadelphia Eagles home playoff game where Nick Foles is the villain.

At the beginning of the 2020 season, several changes to the NFL’s business structure were announced, one of the most interesting being the new playoff format. Now, the top-seeded team in both conferences is the only team to get the bye. Both the AFC and NFC will now have a seventh-seeded team which means the first round or ‘Wild Card Round’ now consists of three games.

Both conferences will now see the second-place team square off with the seventh, the third-seeded team matched up against the sixth seed, and the fourth-place team in a game versus the fifth seed, If everything holds serve, Philadelphia gets the Bears in Round 1, and that would mean one of the most beloved Eagles of all time, Nick Foles, would return to Lincoln Finacial Field but as the enemy.

Can you imagine the buzz that would surround a playoff game that featured a duel between Carson Wentz and Nick Foles? Think about it. Outside ‘The Linc’ is a statue that immortalizes perhaps the most famous play in team history, the ‘Philly Special’. Carson Wentz isn’t the quarterback in that statue.

’11’ had to watch from the sideline as his backup delivered the Vince Lombardi Trophy that he was supposed to deliver, and since then, his teammates built a Nick Foles shrine in the locker room, Wentz has been attacked in the media both publicly and anonymously, and to this day, there are still people who said Philly got rid of the wrong quarterback.

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Sure, much would need to happen for this game to materialize, and there’s a lot of football left to play, but a Foles-Wentz duel? Where can we sign up? First things first though. The ‘Birds’ have to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8, seal the deal, and make the playoffs first, but when thoughts like this one cross the mind, it’s hard to keep the imagination from wandering. Imagine what the headlines would look like.