February 21, 2024

To get to 9-1 towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles simply stored swinging.

By Chris Murray

For the Philadelphia Sunday SUN

ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay celebrates after they beat the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in an NFL soccer sport, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. (AP Photograph/Reed Hoffmann)

Within the first half of Monday evening’s nationally televised Tremendous Bowl rematch towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (7-3), the Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) appeared as battered and bruised as a fighter that’s one huge punch away from taking a ten-count on each side of the ball.

However when the mud settled, the bloodied, however unbowed Eagles in some way got here away with an unbelievable 21-17 win due to Jalen Hurts’ tenacity, the Birds relentless protection, and slightly little bit of Girl Luck thrown in for good measure. 

“I believe that the factor which you could’t take a look at or quantify is the resilience {that a} workforce has,” Hurts mentioned. “The power to persevere and see by means of issues and overcome issues. We haven’t had a efficiency as much as our normal, however we proceed to seek out methods to win. Once you win video games like we’ve gained video games, it builds a tone of character.”

After watching how poorly the Eagles performed as a workforce in that first half, there was little or no optimism that the Eagles, who’ve had their share of struggles this season, have been going to drag off this win towards the perfect workforce within the American Soccer Convention.

After the groups exchanged touchdowns within the first quarter, the Chiefs dominated the primary half by rolling up on 121 yards dashing on an Eagles protection that got here into the sport because the NFL’s No. 1 ranked protection towards the run.

 Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was carving up the Eagles’ protection within the passing sport, avoiding sacks and discovering his receivers for a pair of landing passes. The Birds gave up 190 yards of complete offense.

Philadelphia Eagles working again Boston Scott (35) is tackled by Kansas Metropolis Chiefs linebacker Willie Homosexual (50) in the course of the first half of an NFL soccer sport, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. (AP Photograph/Reed Hoffmann)

In the meantime, the Chiefs protection was throughout Eagles quarterback Jalen Damage like an affordable swimsuit. Because of quite a lot of unique blitzes, the Chiefs sacked Hurts 5 instances. The Eagles offense was 0-for-3 in third-down conversions. The Eagles had simply 78 yards of complete offense-23 yards dashing and simply 46 passing. 

Kansas Metropolis had a 17-7 lead and wanted a few scores to place the Birds away. But it surely by no means occurred. 

For one factor, the Eagles’ protection pitched a shutout towards the explosive Chiefs offense within the second half, permitting simply 146 yards. The Birds held the Chiefs to only 2-of-10 on third conversions within the second half. 

After a 10-yard landing run by Hurts late within the third quarter reduce the Chiefs’ result in 17-14, the Eagles protection got here up with arguably the largest play on KC’s subsequent possession.

The Chiefs had moved the ball from their very own 25 right down to the Eagles 14. On first down, Mahomes accomplished a go to tight finish Travis Kelce on the 9, however Eagles cornerback Bradley Roby stripped Kelce of the soccer and linebacker Nick Morrow recovered the ball on the Eagles 10-yard line.   

Ever because the Eagles loss to the New York Jets, Hurts has managed to will his workforce to win video games, particularly in the course of the a part of the sport when the workforce wants an enormous play to swing the momentum of the sport. Whether or not it was throwing clutch landing passes within the win over Miami or throwing 4 TD passes towards the Washington Commanders.

Halfway by means of the fourth quarter and trailing by three, Hurts and the Eagles offense confronted a 3rd and 5 on the Kansas Metropolis 42-yard line. On that play, Hurts dropped again and threw a deep go to Devonta Smith, who caught the ball on the Chiefs one-yard line. One play later, Hurts scored a one-yard landing “Brotherly Shove” quarterback sneak play.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni mentioned Hurts known as an audible on the line of scrimmage to modify to the go to Smith.

“It ended up being the proper name on the proper second,” Sirianni mentioned. “That’s what good quarterbacks do. They make three or 4 performs to alter the sport with their thoughts. They gotta do an important job throwing ball and working the present, however they make three to 4 checks a sport that may make variations and Jalen did that tonight.” 

For the remainder of that fourth quarter, the Eagles protection stored the Chiefs out of the endzone however bought slightly assist from the soccer gods. With beneath two-minutes left within the sport, Mahomes discovered a wide-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling within the endzone for what ought to have been a 49-yard landing go. However the Chiefs receiver dropped the ball ultimately zone. 

On the Chiefs remaining offensive play of the sport on fourth and 25 from the Chiefs 34, Mahomes discovered a wide-open Justin Watson close to midfield, however like Valdes-Scantling he dropped a go that will have given the Chiefs the primary down.

Sirianni applauded his workforce’s resilience and energy within the win over Kansas Metropolis.

“Whoever was going to win that sport was to do it gritty, dirty and it was going to be that method, and different adjectives,” Sirianni mentioned.

You may throw in fortunate as effectively.

The Eagles are again at Lincoln Monetary Area on November 26 for a sport with the Buffalo Payments. Sport time is 4:25pm and you’ll catch the sport on CBS-3 or on 94.1 WIP.