OAKLAND, Calif. — Nick Foles didn't know he had etched his name in NFL history until after he came out of the game. That must have been because he was too busy shredding the Raiders' defense to keep up with his impressive statistics.
Foles tied a league mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards Sunday to revitalize Philadelphia's struggling offense in the Eagles' 49-20 victory over the Raiders.
"A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns," Foles said. "It's a great honor. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job."
The backup quarterback connected three times with former Clearwater Central Catholic and Florida standout Riley Cooper for scores.
Foles' seven TDs matched Peyton Manning's production opening night for Denver against Baltimore, making 2013 the first season with two seven-touchdown performances. Sid Luckman set the mark in 1942; it has been matched six times, including Sunday.
"Every defense the past couple of weeks has been stopping us," Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said. "So today we were kind of feeling bottled up and we released everything. It's tough when you're not winning and you're not putting points up."
The Raiders had appeared much improved on defense in recent weeks but were completely flummoxed by coach Chip Kelly's spread offense.
"When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal," Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter said. "We can't give a guy seven touchdowns in a game, let alone put up 49 points on us. It was flat-out embarrassing that we allowed that to happen."
The Raiders couldn't keep up despite gaining 560 yards — their third-most ever and most since 1968.