Jalen Hurts ran for a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead one. butt thrust score in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 21-17 in a Super Bowl rematch on Monday night.
The Eagles (9-1) insisted all week that they were not seeking revenge for their 38-35 defeat in February, but Nick Sirianni’s team demanded some anyway. They shut out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (7-3) in the second half, while defeating former coach Andy Reid for the first time in five games since he was fired by Philadelphia and landed in Kansas City.
“We didn’t play well offensively, our defense definitely made us strong in that game,” Hurts said after the game. “In this league, this time of year, you just want to find ways to win… we’re far from the finished product.”
Eagles center Jason Kelce also surpassed little brother Travis Kelce for the first time. The Chiefs tight end could have used some luck from pop star and love interest Taylor Swift, who had to miss the game, fumbling in the red zone in the fourth quarter as Kansas City was trying to extend a 17-14 advantage. lead.
The Chiefs still had a chance with less than two minutes left, converting on fourth down and then getting help from a roughing the passer penalty. But a perfectly placed ball from Mahomes sailed through the hands of Márquez Valdés-Scantling for a potential 51-yard touchdown, and the Eagles stopped Kansas City on fourth down to end the game after another drop, this time by Justin Watson. .
Hurts passed for just 150 yards with one interception, but he made crucial plays in the second half. He also got help from D’Andre Swift, who ran for 76 yards and a score, and DeVonta Smith, who caught six balls for 99 yards.
It was only the ninth time that two Super Bowl teams met in the following year’s regular season, and the champion had won all four previous meetings. The last one to lose was Dallas against Buffalo during the 1993 season.
Mahomes was held to 177 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the end zone. Isiah Pacheco added 89 rushing yards for the Chiefs, who couldn’t overcome two red zone turnovers and a plethora of penalties.
The Chiefs took a 17-7 lead into the halftime break Monday night. It was tied 7-7 after Hurts and Mahomes traded touchdown throws in the first quarter, and was still tied when Mahomes hit Kelce on third down for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:45 left in the first half. And when the Eagles got the ball back, sacks by Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis forced them to give it back with 44 seconds left. Plenty of time for Mahomes to put the Chiefs in range for Harrison Butker to add a 43-yard field goal.
But for all the praise the Chiefs receive for their prolific offense, they have been dismal in the second half of this season, scoring a league-low 53 points entering Monday night. And after two quick punts to start the half, Philadelphia finally took advantage of good field position, marching downfield before Hurts finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.
The Chiefs continued to outdo themselves and the Eagles continued to take advantage.
Along with penalties that derailed their first two drives of the second half, Kelce fumbled at Philadelphia’s eight-yard line early in the fourth quarter. And when the Chiefs got the ball back and had to punt a few minutes later, Watson failed to score the ball at Philadelphia’s one-yard line, resulting in a touchback that gave Hurts and Co. some breathing room. .
They proceeded to drive 80 yards the other way, and Hurts’ drive gave Philadelphia a 21-17 lead with 6:20 left. It was an advantage they would not give up.