Jalen Hurts ran for a pair of touchdowns, together with a go-ahead tush-push rating within the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 21-17 in a Tremendous Bowl rematch on Monday night time.
The Eagles (9-1) insisted all week that they weren’t out for revenge for their 38-35 loss in February, however Nick Sirianni’s group exacted a little bit of it anyway. They shut out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (7-3) within the second half whereas defeating former coach Andy Reid for the primary time in 5 video games since he was fired by Philadelphia and landed in Kansas Metropolis.
“We didn’t play good offensively, our protection undoubtedly had us sturdy in that recreation,” stated Hurts after the sport. “On this league, right now of 12 months, you simply wish to discover methods to win … we’re removed from the completed product.”
Eagles heart Jason Kelce additionally acquired the perfect of little brother Travis Kelce for the primary time. The Chiefs tight finish may have used some luck from Taylor Swift, who’s at present on tour in South America – he fumbled the ball away within the crimson zone within the fourth quarter, when Kansas Metropolis was making an attempt to increase a 17-14 lead.
The Chiefs nonetheless had an opportunity with lower than two minutes to go, changing on fourth down after which getting assist from a roughing-the-passer penalty. However a wonderfully positioned ball from Mahomes went proper by way of the fingers of Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a would-be 51-yard landing, and the Eagles stopped Kansas Metropolis on fourth right down to put the sport away after one other drop, this time by Justin Watson. The Chiefs had a season-high 5 drops on Monday, three on their last drive.
Hurts threw for simply 150 yards with a choose, however he made essential performs within the second half. He additionally acquired some assist from D’Andre Swift, who ran for 76 yards and a rating, and DeVonta Smith, who caught six balls for 99 yards.
It was solely the ninth time that two groups that performed within the Tremendous Bowl met within the common season the next 12 months, and the champion had received the earlier 4 matchups. The final to lose was Dallas towards Buffalo throughout the 1993 season.
Mahomes was held to 177 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception ultimately zone. Isiah Pacheco added 89 yards speeding for the Chiefs, who couldn’t overcome their two red-zone turnovers and a plethora of penalties.
The Chiefs took a 17-7 lead into the halftime break on Monday night time. It was knotted 7-7 after Hurts and Mahomes traded first-quarter landing throws, and it was nonetheless tied when Mahomes hit Kelce on third down for the go-ahead TD with 1:45 left within the first-half. And when the Eagles acquired the ball again, sacks by Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis made them give it proper again with 44 seconds remaining. Loads of time for Mahomes to get the Chiefs inside vary for Harrison Butker so as to add a 43-yard subject objective.
However for all of the reward the Chiefs get for his or her prolific offense, they’ve been abysmal within the second half this season, scoring a league-low 53 factors getting into Monday night time. And after two fast punts to begin the half, Philadelphia lastly capitalized on the nice subject place, marching downfield earlier than Hurts completed the drive with a 10-yard landing run.
The Chiefs saved beating themselves – and the Eagles saved taking benefit.
Together with penalties that derailed their first two drives of the second half, Kelce fumbled the ball away on the Philadelphia eight-yard line early within the fourth quarter. And when the Chiefs acquired the ball again and needed to punt a couple of minutes later, Watson was unable to down the ball on the Philadelphia one-yard line, leading to a touchback that gave Hurts and Co. some respiration room.
They proceeded to go 80 yards the opposite method, and Hurts’ sneak gave Philadelphia a 21-17 lead with 6:20 left. It was a lead they might not relinquish.