This is the final part in a series that spotlights three Eagles-49ers matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Levi’s Stadium.
Eagles QB Nick Foles vs. 49ers FS Eric Reid
Tale of the tape
Foles (9): 6 foot 6, 243 pounds, third season, Arizona
Reid (35): 6 foot 1, 213 pounds, second season, LSU
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Reid was added to the Pro Bowl last season after an impressive rookie season, and he opened this season in grand fashion with an interception and 48-yard return to set up a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. In the next two weeks, Reid was responsible for giving a couple of touchdowns in losses to Chicago and Arizona.
Foles has quickly developed into one of the young stars in the game. In 10 starts last season, he threw 29 touchdowns with just two interceptions while engineering Chip Kelly up-tempo offensive attack. Foles has thrown for 978 yards and six touchdowns for the Eagles (3-0) this season. Kelly, the former Oregon coach, knew Foles very well from their time together in the Pac-12.
“What I’ve known all along, that Nick is a gamer and Nick is an unbelievable competitor,” Kelly said. “I got a chance to see his toughness when I saw him in college. I think people are getting a chance to see it now. You always have a shot when he’s pulling the trigger.”
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There will be a lot of stress on the 49ers’ defensive backfield. The Eagles are going to push the tempo, and there will be a lot of responsibility on Reid and strong safety Antoine Bethea to communicate the calls to the back end of the 49ers' defense. Reid will be the last line of defense on some plays. He’ll be in a constant chess match with Foles, who will want to exploit the 49ers’ coverage to get the ball down the field to wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews, and tight end Zach Ertz.