Tim McManusESPN Editor4 minute read
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce earned his first professional victory over his brother Travis Kelce and former coach Andy Reid, but he and some of his teammates left Arrowhead Stadium feeling less than satisfied after a 21-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl LVII rematch on Monday night.
“Look, I’m really happy,” Jason Kelce said. “I probably would have been happier if we had put together a really dominant performance offensively and played well. I think the fact that we didn’t makes it a little bit more bittersweet. I think that defense is a big part of why we won the game today. Hats off to those guys, and I’m certainly happy to be 9-1.”
With a constant presence of wind and rain throughout the night, neither passing attack fared particularly well. Jalen Hurts threw for 150 yards and an interception and was sacked five times while Patrick Mahomes totaled 177 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.
Hurts breathed life into Philly’s passing game midway through the fourth quarter when he hit DeVonta Smith for a total of 41 yards down the right sideline, setting up a Hurts rushing score – his second of the night – to give the Eagles the lead for good. .
“I don’t think we played clean tonight. I don’t think we played up to our level – nowhere near our level,” Hurts said. “But I think what you can’t test or quantify is the resilience of a team, the ability to persevere, to see through things and overcome them, and this team has that.
“When you win games like we’ve won games, it builds a ton of character. We’re kind of, I guess, in character development mode with the games we’ve played and the way we’ve won. That can only serve us for great things in the future.”
The Chiefs, meanwhile, were held to a draw in the second half for a third consecutive game. They are averaging 5.3 points per game in the second half, the lowest in the league.
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could have provided points on the Chiefs’ final possession, but he dropped a perfectly placed pass inside the Eagles’ 5. It was the biggest of the Chiefs’ four fourth-quarter falls.
Chiefs receivers are dropping 9% of passes thrown this season, the highest percentage through a team’s first 10 games in the last 10 seasons.
“The guys I’ve seen catch before haven’t necessarily made the catch,” Reid said. “They are good players and we are fine. We just need to get things straight.
Mahomes lost a touchdown pass in a similar fashion in a Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos when wide receiver Skyy Moore dropped a deep pass in the end zone.
“They know I’m going to keep shooting,” Mahomes said. “It’s just who I am. I’ll throw it to the guy who’s open and usually they’ll make the plays.
“Offensively, we’re just not where I want to be at this point in the season, and that’s true for everyone. It starts with me.”
Yet the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for the fewest losses in the AFC while the Eagles have the best record in football. There’s still a chance they could face each other again in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
“These guys will be there to hunt, just like us, so we’ll see how it goes,” Kelce said. “Maybe it will be something similar in February.”
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.
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