Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be playing in the Pro Bowl after all.

Foles, who set several franchise and NFL records this season, was originally the first alternate for the game, which will be played in Honolulu on Jan. 26. He was promoted this weekend since at least one of the six quarterbacks picked ahead of him will reach the Super Bowl and will therefore be ineligible for the Pro Bowl.

New England's Tom Brady and either Denver's Peyton Manning or San Diego's Phillip Rivers will be in next weekend's AFC championship game. The winner will be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Foles, 24, enjoyed an outstanding season after replacing injured Michael Vick as the Eagles' starter. He threw 27 touchdown passes against two interceptions while earning a 119.2 passer rating that was the third-highest in NFL history. He tied an NFL mark earlier this season by throwing seven touchdown passes in a game against Oakland.

Foles will be among three Eagles in the Pro Bowl, joining running back LeSean McCoy and tackle Jason Peters. McCoy, who made it for the second time in three years, was the NFL's leading rusher this season with a franchise-record 1,607 yards. Peters, who sat out all of last season with a torn Achilles, made his sixth Pro Bowl.


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