The Eagles entered Sunday looking to secure the franchise’s second-ever Super Bowl Championship.
The Birds started with the ball and started off fast. At will, Hurts threw the ball to wide-open receivers. The Eagles also easily moved the ball along for an easy 75-yard drive. It put the Eagles up to start the game.
That lead wouldn’t last long, however. Jonathan Gannon made the bonehead move to not adjust his defense for Travis Kelce. As a result, the Chiefs just made it so Kelce would match up with Marcus Epps or a linebacker instead of the team’s top cover corner. A 75-yard answer in just three minutes tied the game.
On their second offensive possession, a Zach Pascal offensive PI put the Eagles behind the chains for a three-and-out. The Chiefs continued to drive 42 yards, but the defense did hold up just before the redzone, forcing a field goal attempt. It was a huge momentum shift as Harrison Butker hit the post and game the ball back to the Eagles offense.
A 45-yard bomb to AJ Brown put the Eagles back in the drivers seat and the defense following that with a three-and-out looked like the game could get ugly for the Chiefs. That was, until Isaac Seumalo false started and then Jalen Hurts just gave the ball away to allow the Chiefs to tie it back up, giving up a 36-yard fumble touchdown simply because he dropped the ball.
Unphased, the Eagles offense responded with another 75-yard drive. A three-and-out later and the Eagles were in the two-minute drill. A controversial call was made by the officiating, but the Eagles did manage to put up another three points before the half, making it 24-12 in Philadelphia’s favor.
The Eagles defense apparently decided they were done at the half. They came out and did absolutely nothing on the defensive line, getting blown away every play. Meanwhile, the defensive backs just left receivers entirely uncovered on basically every play. The Chiefs opened with a 75-yard drive to cut the lead to three.
Jalen Hurts and the Eagles responded with a disappointing field goal after taking a delay of game and burning a timeout to avoid another as Hurts did not scan the whole field, just two targets per play regardless of how much space the defensive backs were giving other receivers.
The Chiefs took the lead on another 75-yard drive where Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox might as well have just stood on the sidelines and not wasted the energy jogging backward to the endzone. Hurts answered by throwing to a three-and-out and then the special teams game up a 65-yard return where punter Arryn Siposs had to make the tackle.
This lead to an easy touchdown where Maddox once again decided to just entirely not cover his man an let a walk-in touchdown put the Chiefs up by eight.
When all hope seemed lost, DeVonta Smith broke open for a 46-yard reception to put the ball at the one-yard line. The Birds did what they do best and pushed it in on a sneak and Hurts followed it up by running the ball in on the two-point conversion in order to tie the game.
Unfortunately, the defense then needed to do something and their ineptitude knew no bounds. Maddox continued to look like a player who didn’t even know he was playing football standing at least five yards away from the receivers. Every defender allowed Mahomes to limp away faster than they could chase him. Any outside bounce went for five yards since no contain ever occurred.
To add insult to injury, a hold call on James Bradberry handed the Chiefs a first down to lose the game and give the Chiefs the opportunity to kick a field goal with 11 seconds remaining.
From one-yard out, it’s a kick even untrained kickers could make. To no surprise, the kick was good and the game was over.
Hurts attempted the saddest excuse for a hail mary I’ve ever seen and the Eagles flushed away the most talented team they’ve ever had because their defense didn’t play half a game and the “MVP-caliber” quarterback can’t hold onto a ball.
Offensive MVP: Dallas Goedert
He didn’t wind up with a touchdown and he didn’t lead the team in yardage, but he was open far more often than the ball went to him. He gets the nod for MVP because he had so many clutch conversion to turn a potential game-changing negative play into a positive one for the birds. He fought through contact on three separate incredible grabs that allowed the Birds to move the ball, including twice on the drive where the Birds got their second field goal. Frankly, the offense probably should have looked to utilize him more often based on how he was playing.
Defensive MVP: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Gardner-Johnson was the only player on the Eagles defense that even seemed to play the second half. He had big hits and was the only defensive back that seemed to put any effort into actually covering someone each play instead of standing somewhere waiting for a pass to hit an open receiver. He ended the game with just four tackles. It’s not an impressive stat line, but you couldn’t show me one impressive play made by a defender on the Eagles sideline if you tried.