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Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Minnesota Vikings during their NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Getty/AFP/File / AL BELLO

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is one win away from claiming his first Super Bowl crown. Next season, he could be out of a job.

The 29-year-old Texan has confounded the sceptics since stepping up to start after a serious knee injury sidelined rising star Carson Wentz in week 14 of the regular season.

Foles produced an electrifying performance in the NFC Championship game on January 21, putting the best defense in the league to the sword as the Eagles routed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7.

Yet even if Foles inspires the Eagles to an upset win against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday, he is expected to return to a backup role next season when Wentz returns to full fitness.

Foles is philosophical about what his future may hold, insisting that for now, all he is thinking about is this weekend's shot at glory.

"I'm grateful to be here, to be part of this organization," Foles told reporters on Tuesday.

"I can't wait to play the game. After the game, that's where you have time to sort of reflect on the year, and that's what we'll do.

"I'll spend time with my family and use that family time. The future will take care of itself. I'm grateful to have signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and be here.

"And I'm excited to watch Carson get healthy and get back on his feet and hopefully being part of him getting back to where he was."

- Unfulfilled promise? -

Foles' career had looked set to be one of unfulfilled promise until this season's run to the Super Bowl.

In his second year in the NFL in 2013, he went 8-2 as a starter, but injuries hampered his development and he was traded to the St Louis Rams in 2015.

He was released by the Rams in 2016, heading to the Kansas City Chiefs. After being released by the Chiefs in March, he joined the Eagles as Wentz's back-up.

When Wentz suffered his injury in December, Foles was thrust into the starting spot.

"Anytime you step in for a guy who's injured it's tough," Foles said. "You never want to see anyone get injured. And I worked with Carson every day.

"And we're people -- it is a game but we're people, and we care for one another. To step into the huddle and go out there it takes time."

The scale of the task facing the Eagles quarterback when he lines up against five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is highlighted by their age difference.

When Brady was winning his first Super Bowl in 2002, Foles had only just turned 13. Foles however says he can't remember watching Brady in a Super Bowl.

"Honestly I didn't watch a lot of football growing up," he said.

"My dad always wanted me to and always wondered why I didn't.

"But I was always out there in the yard playing the game. I would come in and out and watch bits of the Super Bowl but I always just loved playing the game in the yard. If I did see them I don't remember."