Nick Foles isn’t Carson Wentz, but the veteran backup stepped in for the Eagles’ MVP candidate and played well enough to beat up on a terrible Giants team 34-29 Sunday, despite every effort by the defense to give the game away.

This is the first time in Eagles history two different QBs have thrown 4 TDs in a game in the same season.

— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) December 17, 2017

The Eagles let the Giants march up and down the field all day, but stopped New York when they needed a stop the most, as Eli Manning was unable to find his receiver in the end zone on fourth-and-goal down five points with under a minute to play in the game.

The Eagles clinched a first-round bye with the win, and they’re going to need it to figure out what in the heck is wrong with this team before hosting a playoff game in a few weeks.

Worst win ever

— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) December 17, 2017

For what it’s worth, the problem wasn’t Foles. He threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns on the day, keeping the Eagles’ run of 30 or more points in eight of the last 10 games, with more than 24 points 12 times this season. In the Doug Pederson era, the Eagles are now 18-1 in games they score 24 or more points. 

The win not only locked up a first-round bye, but it keeps the Eagles ahead of Minnesota for home field throughout the NFC playoffs.

But let’s be real, if the defense plays the way it did against the Giants, home field won’t mean a damn thing.

The INT from Ronald Darby was huge earlier, but aside from that, he’s had a pretty bad game.

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 17, 2017

But for an interception by Ronald Darby, the defense was terrible. The special teams unit did block three kicks in the game, including an early extra point, a key punt that led to a quick touchdown for the offense in the second quarter, and a field goal in the fourth quarter with the Giants attempting to take back the lead.

Well designed punt block, #Eagles.

— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) December 17, 2017

Dave Fipp better get a free steak dinner from Jim Schwartz

— ⓙⓐⓦⓝ (@jawnes12) December 17, 2017

There were a few three-and-outs for the Giants, and they did make the key fourth-down stop at the end of the game, but the Birds’ defense let an offense ranked 31st in the NFL look like a playoff team most of the day.

Eagles now have given up four TD drives of 75 or more yards to Giants.

— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) December 17, 2017

The defense allowed 326 yards passing to Eli Manning and the Giants offense through three quarters, finishing the game allowing 434 in the air.

Live look at Eagles defense….

— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) December 17, 2017

And, no, Carson Wentz doesn’t play defense, but the fact is his ability to extend plays, and therefore drives, was clearly an issue for the Eagles defense.

Carson doesn’t play defense. But he’s great at converting third downs, which really helps the defense.

— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) December 17, 2017

As good as Foles was at finding the end zone in his first start of the season, he and his receivers seemed on different pages for much of the game — understandable, given he has barely practiced with the starters all season until this week. He seemed unsure on a number of throws, missing his receivers or tossing the ball out of bounds on plays Wentz has habitually converted this season.

That said, the Eagles did convert on almost half of their third down attempts, but it was clear they missed Wentz on those plays.

THAT was lucky. Don’t know about the QB sneak with Foles. #Eagles

— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolNBCS) December 17, 2017

And yet, a win is a win. The Giants always seem to play the Eagles hard and this game was no different, even if it said way more about the defense than the Wentz-less offense.

regardless of outcome, outright embarrassing performance by the defense today

— drew (@Dcorrigan50) December 17, 2017

The Eagles have a bye, and with two more games left in the season, hosting Oakland on Christmas night and then Dallas the week after, they need just one win to clinch home field. Then the real test begins, not just for Foles, but for the defense as well.