It was a record-setting efficiency by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts in Tremendous Bowl 57. Hurts threw for over 300 yards, rushed for 70 yards, and accounted for all 4 Eagles touchdowns (one passing, three dashing). On most nights, this wins video games and wins an MVP award.

Sadly, Patrick Mahomes was on the opposite facet of the sector. And after a sluggish first half, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs dropped 24 factors within the second half on the vaunted Eagles protection and rallied from 24-14 right down to prevail in a 38-35 basic.

For Hurts, it was validation for him as one of many NFL’s rising stars. It’s true that the one mistake he did make, an unforced fumble returned for a landing by Nick Bolton, was terribly pricey, but it surely was an in any other case phenomenal show of dual-threat quarterbacking.

It’s additionally a familiarly painful ending for Hurts in a championship sport.

No, not the one the place he received benched for Tua Tagavailoa.

In his freshman yr at Alabama, Hurts led an undefeated Crimson Tide staff to a nationwide title rematch towards Clemson within the 2016 season. The Alabama protection had solely allowed 11.4 factors per sport up till this level, however had proven some indicators of vulnerability towards Ole Miss.

Hurts was not a virtuoso as a passer on that night time; 13/31 for 131 yards and a 68-yard landing cross to O.J. Howard. However he additionally gave Alabama a 28-24 lead with two minutes left within the fourth quarter on a blinding 30-yard landing run.

All Alabama’s protection wanted to do was cease Deshaun Watson and Clemson’s offense another time in an effort to safe one other nationwide title. The protection solely compelled one third down (which was clearly transformed), and dedicated a crucial cross interference penalty with seconds remaining to arrange first and aim on the 2-yard line. By now, you recognize the remainder of the story.

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Alabama solely had 2 seconds left to reply and didn’t even get better the kickoff. Hurts had carried out his half, however the much-praised protection allowed Clemson to rack up 511 yards of whole offense and gave up 21 factors within the fourth quarter.

On Tremendous Bowl Sunday, Hurts wanted a game-tying drive down 35-27 and he delivered the landing run and the two-point conversion. The Eagles protection let the Chiefs get into discipline aim vary with just one third down compelled, and naturally the following third down was the extremely controversial holding name that assured Hurts wouldn’t get the ball again with a lot time left for his personal try at a game-winner.

Philadelphia’s protection surrendered 6.4 yards per play, the second-highest whole allowed all season, and gave up 21 first downs though the Chiefs ran simply 53 performs. The vaunted cross rush didn’t sack Patrick Mahomes, they allowed 158 dashing yards (third most all season, together with Mahomes’ season-long 26-yard scramble on the decisive collection), and didn’t drive a single punt after halftime.

It was an amazing season for Jalen Hurts culminating in each a sensational huge sport efficiency, in addition to a horrible case of a defensive déjà vu.