TAMPA, Fla. – The Philadelphia Eagles went more than two months without a win, and even then they had to wait a few anxious minutes more to be sure they had ended the team’s longest losing streak in 42 years.
Nick Foles threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired Sunday, but a 23-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remained in doubt until the instant replay official upheld the catch that the jubilant receiver made as he went to his knees in the side of the end zone.
Nick put the ball down and away like he was supposed to, I went down and got the ball, made sure I was in bounds, and the rest is history, Maclin said.
So is the eight-game skid that’s assured the Eagles (4-9) of finishing with a losing record for only the third time in 14 years under coach Andy Reid.
Foles threw two touchdowns in the final four minutes to overcome an 11-point deficit, finishing with an Eagles’ rookie-record 32 completions and 381 yards.
Very special. Very humbling, Foles said of his first victory as an NFL starter.
Rookie Doug Martin rushed for 128 yards and Josh Freeman shrugged off a slow start to throw for two second-half touchdowns for the Bucs.