In the Monday night showdown, the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Eagles emerged victorious with a 21-17 win. Jalen Hurts played a pivotal role, running for two touchdowns, including a crucial go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles (9-1) entered the game downplaying revenge, but they couldn’t deny the sweet taste of payback as they shut out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (7-3) in the second half. This win marked coach Andy Reid’s first loss against his former team and center Jason Kelce’s first win over his brother, Travis Kelce.
The Chiefs had a 17-7 lead at halftime, but their offensive struggles in the second half continued, scoring a league-low 53 points in the second half this season. Despite a late-game opportunity with less than two minutes to go, a potential game-winning touchdown pass slipped through Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s hands, adding to the Chiefs’ season-high of five drops.
Hurts, although throwing for just 150 yards with a pick, made crucial plays in the second half, supported by D’Andre Swift’s 76 rushing yards and a score and DeVonta Smith’s six receptions for 99 yards. The Chiefs’ red-zone turnovers and penalties proved costly, as they couldn’t overcome their offensive struggles.
This Super Bowl rematch was only the ninth time in history that teams met in the regular season following a Super Bowl, and the Eagles now join the elite few who have avenged their Super Bowl loss.
Coach Nick Sirianni emphasized the Eagles’ resilience and character-building mode, highlighting their ability to find ways to win despite not playing to their full potential. The victory keeps the Eagles at the top of the league with a 9-1 record, proving their strength against playoff-caliber teams.
As the Chiefs (7-3) lose ground in the race for the AFC’s top playoff seed, questions arise about their offensive production, having been shut out in the second half for the third straight game. Mahomes, despite throwing two touchdowns, struggled to find his rhythm, and the Chiefs now face a pivotal game against the Raiders on November 26.
In a game filled with twists and turns, the Eagles’ revenge victory adds another layer to an already captivating NFL season, leaving fans eager to see how these teams will fare in the remainder of the year.