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Tom Brady and Nick Foles Are No Strangers to Playing Each Other in Big Games

The Thursday Night Football Game on October 8 will feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears. It will be a rematch between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Nick Foles as they battled in the 2018 Super Bowl.

Brady will look to get revenge as Foles, and the Eagles defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Now the two quarterbacks are with different teams, and this should be an exciting matchup.

Tom Brady in a different uniform for the first time in his career

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Tom Brady will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to play in the NFL. When his career is over, he will be in the Hall of Fame in no time. Brady is currently in his 21st NFL season, and at 43, he’s still playing at a high level. For the first 20 seasons, Brady played and starred for the New England Patriots. After appearing in one game his rookie season in 2000, his career took off. In his second season, Brady became the starting quarterback and led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl during the 2001 season. 

Brady quickly became the star player for the Patriots during his career there. With Brady as the starting quarterback, there was no question that the Patriots would make it to the postseason and compete for a Super Bowl. Brady went on to win a total of six Super Bowls with the Patriots, with his recent one coming during the 2018 season. He also won the NFL MVP award three times when he was with the Patriots.

During his time in New England, he threw for 75,693 yards and 552 touchdowns. He never posted a losing record during his career, and that shows how dominant he has been. With Brady having so much success in New England, it came as a surprise to many when he joined the Buccaneers. Now Brady will try to lead Tampa Bay to success just like he did with the Patriots.

Nick Foles is playing for his fifth team

Nick Foles’ career is significantly different from Brady’s, but he and Brady have a Super Bowl title in common. Foles started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. That season he appeared in seven games and made six starts finishing with a 1-5 record. He spent his first three seasons in Philadelphia, and during his second year, he had a lot of success. Foles appeared in 13 games making 10 starts and threw for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns, and he rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He finished with an 8-2 record as the starting quarterback that season.

After his time in Philadelphia, he joined the St. Louis Rams for the 2015 season. Foles was the starting quarterback making 11 starts and finished throwing for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns. The Rams finished with a 4-7 record with Foles as the starting quarterback. After one season with the Rams, Foles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith during the 2016 season. 

The success finally came for Foles during the 2017 season when he joined the Eagles for his second stint with the team. He was the backup to Carson Wentz but got his chance to shine during the 2017 playoffs. He helped lead the Eagles to two key victories to advance to the Super Bowl against the Patriots. Foles matched up against Brady, and he had a game to remember. He threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and was named the MVP of the game. Foles became the first player to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. He spent one more season with the Eagles and then spent the 2019 season playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brady and Foles meet up again playing on different teams

Here we are in 2020, and Brady and Foles will go at each other for the first time since the 2018 Super Bowl. Brady has led Tampa to a 3-1 record to start the season off, and he’s still playing at a high level late in his career. Foles, on the other hand, joined the Bears and started the season as the backup to Mitchell Trubisky. He didn’t see any action during the first two games of the season. During the Bears’ third game against the Atlanta Falcons, Foles replaced Trubisky in the third quarter, and he led the Bears to a comeback victory.

Foles was named the starter a day after the Bears victory. Brady and Foles played against each other on the NFL’s biggest stage, and they will have the opportunity to do so again during a regular-season matchup.