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Nick Foles cleared to start for Philadelphia Eagles in playoff opener vs. Bears

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It’s going to take more than bruised ribs to keep Nick Foles from defending his Super Bowl MVP crown.

The former Arizona Wildcats standout will start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the Chicago Bears in an NFC Wild Card game. His status for that playoff opener was in doubt after he left the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins with a rib injury, but not before tying the NFL record for consecutive completions with 25.

Foles has been masterful since stepping in for injured starter Carson Wentz, leading the Eagles to three consecutive wins to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7. He threw for a franchise-record 471 yards in a Dec. 23 win over the AFC South champion Houston Texans, this coming a week after helping Philly upset the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams on the road.

Against the Redskins, Foles was 28 of 33 for 221 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the third quarter.

Foles’ run is eerily reminiscent of his play last season after Wentz tore his ACL in early December. Foles started the final three games of the regular season then carried the Eagles through the playoffs and earned MVP honors after throwing for 373 yards and three TDs in the Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.