Nick Foles made a strong case for being the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears after a 30-26 comeback win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
On Monday, coach Matt Nagy confirmed that Foles had done enough in a relief effort of Mitchell Trubisky and selected the Super Bowl 52 MVP as the Bears new starting quarterback.
"He's our starter moving forward," Nagy said of Foles.
Foles had come on in relief of Trubisky following Blidi Wreh-Wilson's interception in the third quarter, and led a rally from a 26-10 deficit.
Nagy said frustration over the way the offense was struggling in the first half and the interception led to his decision. But he was also irritated by the way the Bears failed to come up with points on their first drive of the game when Cairo Santos missed a field-goal attempt. The coach had seen this type of situation too often in the past.
"We're struggling on third down, we have 10 points, and then you get to the third quarter and we're struggling a little bit and it's an interception," Nagy said.
"And there's just, you're down 16, it ends up being a gut feel, you know what I mean?"
In the fourth quarter, Foles threw three touchdown passes including a 28-yard TD against the blitz to Anthony Miller for the winning points with just under two minutes remaining.
The play was basically ad-libbed by Foles with an adjustment made in the huddle to account for a blitz.
Trubisky has started for the Bears since the fifth game of the 2017 season after being the team's No. 1 draft pick, the second pick overall that year.
Trubisky had completed 13 of 22 for 128 yards with a touchdown Sunday before the interception by Wreh-Wilson set up a field goal for a 26-10 Atlanta lead.
Foles threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jimmy Graham and a 37-yard TD strike to Allen Robinson before the game-winning TD.
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