February 21, 2024

Thanks to a different clutch effort from quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Buffalo Payments in extra time and have become the primary crew to clinch a spot within the NFL Postseason.

By Chris Murray
For the Philadelphia Sunday SUN

ABOVE PHOTO: Eagles followers have fun the 10-1 victory. Picture by Webster Riddick

The Philadelphia Eagles turned the primary crew within the NFL to get to double-digit wins and the primary to clinch a spot within the NFL Postseason with a double-overtime win towards the Buffalo Payments, 37-34.

However the roar of jubilation from the group at Lincoln Monetary Discipline as quarterback Jalen Hurts ended the sport with a 12-yard landing run was a pointy distinction from the boos you heard at halftime.

Trailing 17-7 on the intermission, Eagles followers had endured an terrible first half of soccer in pouring rain. Aside from a 73-yard scoring drive that culminated in one of many crew’s trademark “Brotherly Shove” touchdowns from Hurts, the Eagles offense, minus proper sort out Lane Johnson, did completely nothing.

Within the second quarter, the Eagles’ offense gained solely 32 yards, dedicated two turnovers — an interception from Hurts and a fumble — that led to Payments touchdowns and completed the primary half 0-for-4 on third-down conversions. Hurts solely accomplished 4 of his 11 passing makes an attempt for 33 yards.

The crew’s trademark “Brotherly Shove” touchdowns from Hurts, the Eagles offense. Picture by Webster Riddick

On the defensive finish, the Eagles had bother stopping Payments quarterback Josh Allen, who picked the Birds protection aside along with his arm and legs within the first half. The Payments outgained the Eagles 276-98 in that first half. For the sport, the Payments had 505 yards of whole offense. That’s often the recipe for a win.

However as they’ve for the final 4 video games, the 10-1 Eagles discovered a strategy to win, with Hurts rallying his teammates to placed on a clutch efficiency.

After doing subsequent to nothing within the first half, Hurts accomplished 14 of his 20 passing makes an attempt within the second half together with three landing passes. For the sport, Hurts was 18-of-31 for 200 yards and gained 65 yards speeding. He had 5 touchdowns whole.

“Hurts actually made some large time performs when it mattered most,” stated Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. “He made lots of actually clutch performs in that second half and the massive one on the ending. We did an ideal job of blocking up entrance and Jalen received himself by there for a landing in a clutch second. …He’s been clutch for us and clutch for this metropolis for the previous yr.”

A kind of performs was spurred by a bit redemption from the protection. One of many largest performs Hurts made within the recreation got here following an enormous interception by cornerback James Bradbury in Payments territory. Dealing with a 3rd and 15 from the Buffalo 29, the Payments protection pressured Hurts to scramble to his left. He threw the ball between two Payments defenders and hit Olamide Zaccheaus for the landing that gave the Eagles their first lead of the sport.

Eagles’ Olamide Zaccheaus catches a game-changing landing.

Hurts introduced the Birds again from two 10-point deficits within the second half, drove his crew to the game-tying 59-yard discipline purpose by Jake Elliott, a clutch performer in his personal proper and ultimately that game-winning landing.

This isn’t the primary time Hurts has introduced the Eagles again. Hurts has eight straight victories when trailing by double digits at any level within the recreation, an NFL file (no different quarterback has greater than 4). He has 14 consecutive wins towards groups with successful information, additionally an NFL file.

In fact, Hurts is rarely one to take all of the credit score for any Eagles win. He’s all the time the primary one to offer his teammates credit score for the crew’s success. He stated his particular person efficiency was reflective of his teammate’s psychological toughness.

“We simply proceed to search out methods to win,” Hurts stated. “We play collectively. We’ve proven our resilience day in and day trip, recreation in and recreation out. We’ve been challenged in numerous alternative ways, however we all the time discover a approach. … We discovered a strategy to win, and we made it occur.”

However the Eagles face their largest check of the season subsequent week after they tackle the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Monetary Discipline on Sunday.

The sport is a rematch of the NFC Championship and there’s nonetheless lots of unhealthy blood from final yr’s 31-7 Eagles win, which led to the establishment of a rule requiring groups to have three quarterbacks on their roster.

Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m., and you’ll catch the sport on Fox-29 or hearken to it on WIP-94.1.