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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nick Foles got the Philadelphia Eagles off to a fast start [url=]Maxx Crosby Jersey[/url] , only to be robbed of another fantastic finish by a veteran receiver’s uncharacteristic drop.“Football is a funny sport, especially playoff football. It’s tough,” Foles said after a tense 20-14 divisional playoff loss in New Orleans on Sunday. “We started the game off hot, battled the rest of the game and gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the end.”Indeed, Foles had the Eagles inside the Saints 30 with just less than two minutes left when his accurate slant pass bounced off of normally reliable receiver Alshon Jeffery’s hands and fell into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, virtually sealing Philadelphia’s fate.“I honestly felt at the bottom of my heart that when we walked out on the field, we’d been in that situation so many times that we were going to find a way to score a touchdown,” said Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, whose 16-yard catch over the middle helped get Philadelphia’s final drive rolling. “We were really close. That’s how it’s been all year. We’ve been extremely close a lot of times, and it just wasn’t our year.”After all [url=]Foster Moreau Jersey[/url] , Foles engineered late, go-ahead drives in the playoffs a week earlier and last season in the Super Bowl.Time will tell if that was Foles’ finale with Philadelphia. The Eagles might not be able to justify keeping him around as they continue to develop young franchise QB Carson Wentz.They must decide by mid-February if they want to exercise a $20 million option to keep Foles — likely as a backup — for 2019.But if this was it, Foles latest performance won’t tarnish his Eagles legacy.“We went out there and gave it everything we had tonight,” said Foles, who finished 18 for 31 passing for 201 yards, one touchdown passing, one short rushing TD and two interceptions. “Everybody has to keep their head up high because that’s what it’s about. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I don’t have any regrets.”With his score on a keeper in the fourth quarter, Foles joined Pittsburgh QB Kordell Stewart and New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least one TD on a pass, catch and a run in their career playoff games.“There’s always throws you’d like to have back,” Eagles coach Doug Peterson said. “But the way he hung in there and battled and gave our offense a chance to go down there and possibly win this football games [url=]Joey Bosa Jersey[/url] , I thought overall he played pretty well.”Foles filled in memorably last season when Wentz had a knee injury and led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960, going 5-0 in games that he started and finished.Foles returned to the starting lineup after a back injury sidelined Wentz last month and led the Eagles to four straight wins, including a 16-15 comeback victory at Chicago in the wild-card round.Foles’ uncanny knack for staying poised under pressure was no less evident in New Orleans than in his previous high-stakes triumphs. He largely mitigated the effects of the deafening din of the Superdome with his calm decisiveness. He was not sacked and made only one pivotal mistake — an underthrown downfield pass that intercepted by Lattimore as the Eagles were seeking to build on their early two-TD lead.“I was trying to take a shot down the field and needed to get the ball another foot or so,” Foles said. “Lattimore made a good play.”The Saints capitalized on that turnover with a long, gritty drive made it 14-7, and New Orleans methodically scored 13 more unanswered points to pull out their sixth straight home playoff victory since coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees joined forces in New Orleans in 2006.Foles also could have used more time with the ball. The Saints dominated time of possession by nearly 33 minutes to 12 during the last three quarters.“He’s a good quarterback, man. He got the ball out quick. He did a good job of surveying the defense and trying to find out where to fit the ball in,” Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said. “He had good poise in the pocket. But at the end of the day, he can only do what he can do.“Our game plan was to get after him, make him uncomfortable back there in the pocket and I feel like that worked.” CHARLOTTE [url=]Tony Pollard Jersey[/url] , N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton is headed to the bench with a sore shoulder.The Panthers made the decision to shut down the 2015 league MVP for at least one game and possibly the remainder of the season due to a lingering right shoulder problem.Coach Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke will make his first career start when Carolina hosts the Falcons on Sunday. Kyle Allen will be Carolina’s backup and Newton will be inactive.Rivera said he made the decision to sit Newton after meeting with owner David Tepper, general manager Marty Hurney, team doctors and Newton on Wednesday morning before practice.“It was a good conversation with Cam and he understood our thinking behind this,” Rivera said. “He’s disappointed and he’s frustrated. You know him, he wants to play.”But Rivera said a “healthy Taylor Heinicke” gives the Panthers the best chance to win this week. He hasn’t made a decision about Newton’s status for Week 17 at New Orleans, saying the focus is on the Falcons.The Panthers (6-8) have lost six straight games and are all but out of playoff contention as Newton has struggled with an unknown shoulder issue. He had surgery in March of 2017 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and has had problems ever since.The Panthers have limited his reps in practice for most of the season and it’s rare when he throws a ball more than 20 yards down the field in a game.Newton started 14 games and threw for 3,395 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. However, he has just nine TD passes and nine interceptions during Carolina’s six-game skid and has looked uncomfortable in the pocket.After Newton’s noticeable struggles in a 12-9 loss to the Saints — the eight-year QB was limited to 131 yards passing and struggled throwing the ball with any zip — Rivera pulled the plug on him.In the past Newton has fought hard to keep the Panthers from sitting him down when he’s battling through injuries.This time was a little different.Newton accepted the idea of taking a break and getting the rest without putting up a fight.“I think that is because of the frustration of it,” Rivera said. “More so than anything else, he knows that once he gets sore [url=]Noah Fant Jersey[/url] , once he gets tired out there. It’s tough for him to do the things that he is capable of.”Newton was not made available for comment on Wednesday, but discussed how difficult it’s been with not knowing what is wrong with the shoulder after Monday night’s loss to the Saints. He said he doesn’t know if he will need surgery after the season.Four-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner said “in a sense I’m happy that he’s able to get himself together now.”Running back Christian McCaffrey said Newton has been a “warrior” all season playing through significant pain.As for Newton’s long-time friend, center Ryan Kalil, he said as difficult as the decision is, it is a smart move for the organization when it comes to the long term.“He’s still a young guy and he’s got a lot of football left in him,” Kalil said. “I think it is important to get that right, especially at his position. It’s no secret that he has been struggling with it the last month or so. But I feel bad for him. I feel terrible for him.”Heinicke has been appeared in six games and thrown just five passes since joining the league in 2015 with the Vikings. He’s stepped in to throw a few Hail Mary passes this season for the Panthers because Newton’s shoulder wasn’t strong enough to get the ball down the field.Wide receiver Jarius Wright said other teams have been able to defend the Panthers differently with Newton at quarterback, knowing he wasn’t going to throw downfield as he’s done in the past.Wright said defensive backs on other teams have told him “we’re not scared of you guys going deep.”“They have actually mentioned that multiple times,” Wright said. “So having Taylor out there on Sunday will keep everyone on their toes.”
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