Tim McManusESPN Staff Writer4 minute read
Kansas City, Missouri — Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce earned his first professional victory over his brother Travis Kelce and former coach Andy Reid in a 21-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Afterward, he and some of his teammates left Arrowhead Stadium feeling less than satisfied. Monday night’s LVII rematch.
“Listen, I’m really happy,” Jason Kelce said. “I think if we had put together a really dominant performance offensively and played great, we probably would have been happier. I think the fact that we weren’t able to do that makes it a little bit bittersweet. We won the game. I think the main reason is defense.”Today. Hats off to them and I’m really happy with 9 wins and 1 loss. ”
Neither passing offense was particularly successful as wind and rain were a steady presence throughout the night. Jalen Hurts threw for 150 yards, one interception and was sacked five times, while Patrick Mahomes gained 177 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard completion along the right sideline midway through the fourth quarter, breathing life into Philadelphia’s passing game and giving Hurts the second rushing score of the night, giving the Eagles the lead for good. did. .
“I don’t think we played clean tonight. I don’t think we played to our standards. We’re nowhere near our standards,” Hurts said. “But I think what you can’t test or quantify is the resiliency that a team has, the ability to persevere and see things through and get through them, and this team has that.
“When you win games, like we won games, it builds a lot of character. I think you’re in a mode that will only help you do great things in the future. ”
On the other hand, the Chiefs were held scoreless in the second half for the third straight game. In the second half, he averaged 5.3 points per game, the lowest in the league.
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could have scored on the Chiefs’ final possession, but he dropped a perfectly placed pass inside the Eagles’ five. It was the most of the Chiefs’ four drops in the fourth quarter.
This season, the Chiefs’ wide receivers have dropped 9% of the passes thrown to them, the highest percentage in the past 10 seasons through the team’s first 10 games.
“The guys that we’ve seen catch in the past haven’t necessarily been successful in making the catch. They’re good players and we’re going to be OK,” Reid said. we have to make that clear. ”
Mahomes lost a touchdown pass in a similar fashion in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos when wide receiver Skye Moore dropped a deep pass into the end zone.
“They know I’m going to continue to shoot, and that’s who I am,” Mahomes said. I’m going to fire it to an open guy and usually they’re going to make a play.
“Offensively, we’re not at the level I would like to be at this point in the season. It’s everyone’s problem. It starts with me.”
Still, the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for the fewest points in the AFC, and the Eagles hold the best record in football. There’s still a chance that the two sides will clash again in Super Bowl III in Las Vegas.
“They’re going to go hunting right away like we are, so we’ll see how that goes,” Kelce said. “Maybe something similar will happen in February.”
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.