Bears name Nick Foles their starting quarterback

Foles led the Bears to a comeback win after replacing Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday.
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By 670 The Score

(670 The Score) The Bears have named Nick Foles their starting quarterback moving forward, coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

Foles will start when the Bears host the Colts on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and rallied Chicago to a 30-26 comeback win at Atlanta.

"We decided that we're going to start Nick Foles as the starter against Indianapolis," Nagy said. "Both quarterbacks are aware of that. For us, it's never easy when you go into these types of situations. I want to credit both of those guys in (Sunday's) situation for being really supportive of each other this whole time."

Foles went 16-of-29 for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception -- with all three of those scores coming in a 4:27 span in the fourth quarter, bringing the Bears back from a 26-10 deficit.

Trubisky was benched after throwing an interception early in the third quarter. He was 13-of-22 for 128 yards, one touchdown and the interception.

The Bears acquired Foles by trade from the Jaguars in March, bringing in a competitor to challenge Trubisky. Chicago send a fourth-round pick back to Jacksonville and restructured Foles' contract.

Trubisky won the Bears' starting quarterback job in a truncated preseason competition, with Foles beginning the regular season as the backup.

The 31-year-old Foles has played in 59 career games and started 48 since entering the NFL in 2012. He's 26-22 as a starter in his career. Foles was named the MVP of Super Bowl LII in February 2018, leading the Eagles to a championship.

Trubisky, 25, was the No. 2 overall pick of the Bears in 2017. He's playing in the fourth and final year of his initial rookie contract. The team declined his fifth-year option for 2021, meaning Trubisky is set to become a free agent after this season.

"Mitch, to his credit, was just an awesome supporter of Nick throughout that game," Nagy said. "He flat-out told Nick, 'I'm going to have your back the way you had mine.' That just speaks to who he is."

The Bears (3-0) host the Colts (2-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday, with kickoff set for noon CT.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.