Tim McManusESPN Writer4 minute read
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce earned his first professional victory against his brother Travis Kelce and his former coach Andy Reid, but he and some of his teammates left Arrowhead Stadium feeling dissatisfied after a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl LVII on Monday night.
“Listen, I’m very happy,” Jason Kelce said. “I probably would have been happier if we had put in a really dominant performance offensively and played really well. I think the fact that we didn’t make it a little bittersweet. I think defense is a big part of the reason we won the game. Today. Congratulations to those guys, and I’m certainly happy to be 9-1.”
With wind and rain present constantly throughout the night, neither air offensive fared particularly well. Jalen Hurts threw for 150 yards and one interception and was sacked five times while Patrick Mahomes rushed for 177 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Hurts gave life to Philadelphia’s passing game midway through the fourth quarter when he connected with DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard completion down the right sideline, setting up Hurts’ rushing score, his second of the night, to put the Eagles ahead for always. .
“I don’t think we played fair tonight. I don’t think we played at our level, not by a long shot,” Hurts said. “But I think what you can’t prove or quantify is the resilience that a team has, the ability to persevere and see through things and overcome them, and this team has that.
“When you win games like we’ve won, it builds a lot of character. I guess we’re in a kind of character development mode with the games we’ve played and how we’ve won. We can only do great things in the game.” future.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs were held scoreless in the second half for the third straight game. They are averaging a league-low 5.3 points per game in the second half.
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could have contributed points on the Chiefs’ final possession, but he dropped a perfectly placed pass inside the Eagles’ 5-yard line. That was the biggest of the Chiefs’ four drops in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs wide receivers are dropping 9% of passes thrown this season, the highest percentage in a team’s first 10 games in the last 10 seasons.
“The guys I’ve seen catch before didn’t necessarily make it,” Reid said. “These are good players and we are doing well.” “We just have to clear that up.”
Mahomes similarly lost a touchdown pass 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. “That’s what I am. I’m going to shoot the guy who’s open and usually they’ll make the plays.
“Offensively we’re just not where I’d like to be at this point in the season, and that goes for everyone. It all starts with me.”
Still, the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for the fewest losses in the AFC, while the Eagles have the best record in football. There is a chance they will meet once again at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
“These guys will be out there hunting, just like us, so we’ll see how it plays out,” Kelce said. “Maybe it will be something similar in February.”
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.