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Bears name Nick Foles starting QB after comeback performance vs. Falcons

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Direct an amazing comeback, get a new role.

Less than 24 hours after leading the Chicago Bears back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, former Arizona Wildcats star Nick Foles has been named the starting quarterback.

Foles, 31, threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns in relief of Mitch Trubisky on Sunday in the Bears’ 30-26 win at the Atlanta Falcons. It was his first action with Chicago since being traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason and after losing out to Trubisky for the starting job in training camp.

Sunday marked the 11th time Foles had led a team back from a fourth-quarter deficit, with most of those being while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. His next game will mark his 49th career start.

Foles played for Arizona from 2009-11, finishing as the school’s career passing leader. He was drafted by the Eagles in the third round in 2012, starting 24 games over the next three seasons before playing with the St. Louis Rams in 2015 and Kansas City Chiefs in 2016.

Back with Philly in 2017-18, he started the final five games of 2018 including the entire playoffs as the Eagles won the Super Bowl (and Foles was named Super Bowl MVP). He signed a free agent deal with Jacksonville in 2019 but suffered a broken collarbone in the season opener and appearing in only seven games before the Jags dealt him to Chicago in March for a fourth-round pick.