Eagles Avenge Super Bowl Loss on MNF 💪🦅
Although it won't erase the agony of the Super Bowl 57 loss, the Philadelphia Eagles went into Arrowhead Stadium and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs for some revenge Monday Night 21-17.
As many will recall, the Chiefs were down 10 points at halftime but managed to come away victorious. This time, it was the Eagles who displayed a second-half comeback and hung on for the win. It wouldn't have been attainable without some of the costly drops made by the Kansas City Receiving Group.
The Eagles did have two key turnovers in the red zone with a fumble recovery and an interception. While the defense was able to limit the Chief's offense at times in the second half, quarterback Patrick Mahomes witnessed several accurate passes fall incomplete as his receivers struggled. When Kansas City had an opportunity to march down the field and score a go-ahead touchdown in the final drive, it was halted due to drops from Travis Kelce, Justin Watson, and by far the worst from Marquez Valdes-Scantling as a perfect thrown pass went through his arms at the one-yard line. This led to a desperate 4th-and-25 heave by Mahomes that hit Watson directly in the hands, but was unfotunate to hang on.
The Chiefs were held scoreless in the second half for the third straight week, as the Eagles scored 14 unanswered points.
Philly displayed a lack of production and consistency on offense for the majority of the game. There was a touchdown on the second drive that was set up by D'Andre Swift, tying the game 7-7. Then, a series of struggles to end the first half that included quarterback Jalen Hurts being sacked five times with a fumble, and an interception while only completing 5-of-7 passes for 46 yards. The Chiefs led 17-7 at Halftime.
It wasn't until late in the 3rd quarter that the Eagle's offense got things going with 4:13 remaining. Hurts capitalized on a 10-yard touchdown run that was set up previously on another impressive 35-yard run by Swift. This put the game at 17-14, with the Chiefs still in control. Then, Bradley Roby was able to punch the ball out of Kelce's hands in the red zone, with Nicholas Morrow recovering the loose ball. This led to the go-ahead touchdown drive which included two big plays.
Swift collected a pass from Jalen Hurts, gaining 20 yards. Then, Hurts connected with DeVonte Smith with a huge 41-yard pass to the Chiefs' one-yard line, and Hurts then capitalized with his second rushing touchdown on another successful Brotherly Shove.
This is the first time Andy Reid has lost to his former Philadelphia team since changing coaching jobs to Kansas City, previously 4-0. It was also the first time big brother Jason Kelce had ever beaten his little brother Travis, since the two have matched up in their NFL careers. I am sure you will be hearing about it from Jason if you do tune into the brothers' Apple podcast "New Heights."
The Eagles, who not only at are top of the NFC, also have the best record in the NFL at 9-1. The Chiefs loss now has them now sitting at 7-3.
Philadelphia has the toughest part of their schedule coming up with Buffalo at home next week, followed by San Francisco, at Dallas, at Seattle.