Eagles unsatisfied despite winning Chiefs rematch

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  • Tim McManus, ESPN Staff WriterNov 21, 2023, 02:10 AM ET


      Tim McManus covers the Philadelphia Eagles for ESPN. He joined ESPN successful 2016 aft covering the Eagles for Philadelphia Magazine's Birds 24/7, a tract helium helped create, since 2010. You tin travel him connected Twitter @Tim_McManus.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Philadelphia Eagles halfway Jason Kelce got his archetypal nonrecreational triumph against member Travis Kelce and his aged manager Andy Reid, but helium and immoderate of his teammates near Arrowhead Stadium feeling little than satisfied pursuing a 21-17 triumph implicit the Kansas City Chiefs successful the Super Bowl LVII rematch connected Monday night.

"Listen, I'm truly happy. I would person astir apt been happier if we would person enactment unneurotic a truly ascendant show offensively and played great. I deliberation the information that we didn't bash that makes it a littler bittersweet," Kelce said. "I deliberation the defence is mostly wherefore we won the crippled today. Hats disconnected to those guys, and I'm surely blessed to beryllium 9-1."

With upwind and rainfall a dependable beingness passim the night, neither passing discourtesy fared peculiarly well. Jalen Hurts threw for 150 yards and an interception and was sacked 5 times portion Patrick Mahomes went for 177 yards with 2 touchdowns and a pick.

Hurts breathed beingness into Philly's passing crippled midway done the 4th fourth erstwhile helium deed DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard completion down the close sideline, mounting up a Hurts rushing people -- his 2nd of the nighttime -- to enactment the Eagles up for good.

"I don't deliberation we played cleanable tonight. I don't deliberation we played to our modular -- obscurity adjacent our standard," Hurts said. "But I deliberation the happening that you can't trial oregon quantify is the resilience that a squad has, the quality to persevere and spot done things and flooded things, and this squad has that.

"When you triumph games similar we've won games, that builds a ton of character. We're benignant of in, I guess, quality improvement mode with the games we've played and however we've won. It tin lone service america for large things successful the future."

The Chiefs, meanwhile, were held scoreless successful the 2nd fractional for the 3rd consecutive game. They are averaging a league-low 5.3 points per crippled successful the 2nd half.

Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could person provided points connected the Chiefs' last possession but helium dropped a perfectly placed walk wrong the Eagles' 5. That was the biggest of 4 drops by the Chiefs successful the 4th quarter.

Chiefs wide receivers are dropping 9% of the passes thrown their mode this season, the highest percent done a team's archetypal 10 games successful the past 10 seasons.

"Guys that I've seen drawback earlier didn't needfully marque the catch,'' Reid said. "These are bully players and we are OK. We've conscionable got to get that straight.''

Mahomes mislaid a touchdown walk successful a akin mode successful a Week 8 nonaccomplishment to the Denver Broncos erstwhile wide receiver Skyy Moore dropped a heavy walk successful the extremity zone.

"They cognize I'm going to support firing it,'' Mahomes said. "That's conscionable who I am. I'm going to occurrence it to the feline that's unfastened and usually they're going to marque the plays.

"Offensively we're conscionable not wherever I would privation to beryllium astatine this constituent successful the season, and that's everybody. It starts with me.''

Still, the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for the fewest losses successful the AFC portion the Eagles ain the champion grounds successful football. The anticipation remains that they'll clash erstwhile again successful Super Bowl LVIII successful Las Vegas.

"These guys are going to beryllium close determination successful hunt, arsenic are we, truthful we'll spot however it shakes out," Kelce said. "Maybe it'll beryllium thing akin travel February."

ESPN's Adam Teicher contributed to this report.