Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley (2) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Three drives, three picks in NFL debut for Eagles Matt Barkley


After Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles went down with a head injury at the end of the third quarter in the Eagles games against the Dallas Cowboys, rookie QB Matt Barkley was forced into action.

The former USC Trojans QB led 3 drives in the 4th quarter, all of which ended in an interception.  Not exactly the start to a career anyone would want.

Philadelphia ended up losing 17-3 to the Cowboys and fell to 3-4 on the season.  Dallas moves to 4-3.

Foles wasn’t exactly having an awesome game himself – he went 11-of-29 for just 80 yards.

All told, Barkley finished the game going 11-for-20 with 129 yards, and the three interceptions.

Barkley’s first drive went 6 plays and 43 yards, culminating in a Sean Lee interception.  His second drive went 7 plays and 26 yards before a Barry Church pick.  The third went 9 plays 76 yards before ending up in the third and final interception by Brandon Carr.

To be fair, neither team performed very well on offense.  Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo threw two interceptions himself – albeit in 4 quarters of play.

Dallas gained just 74 yards on the ground, while Philadelphia had a slightly better total at 84 yards.

Still, not exactly the debut anyone would want, even if he was forced to play in emergency duty after injuries to both Foles and Michael Vick.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Matt Barkley Michael Vick NFL Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles USC Trojans

  • Paul Sharpe

    Pointless mentioning Romo’s Hail Mary pic… #dumb

  • SmartThinking

    I haven’t seen the Cowboy defense lay back and play for the interception in many, many seasons. Every week the media calls them pugs and they find a way to step up and meet the challenge thrown at them. Once Wilcox figures out everything the other teams are throwing at him, he’s going to be a stud safety for maybe a decade. All. The 2013 rookies played in this game except Holliman. All in all, a very solid effort from both sides for this team.

  • marvgoux1

    I never understood why Chip Kelly drafted a short immobile quarterback to run his spread offense.

    • Moby Dick

      Maybe he is intelligent like Brees. That’s the potential I think Chip is looking for. Matt should be given an opportunity to prove that. The guy was clearly a beast in college.