Despite scoring 35 points in Super Bowl LVII and Jalen Hurts throwing for 304 yards, the Philadelphia Eagles came up short.
The Kansas City Chiefs finally lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a 38-35 victory in February. In just his third year in the NFL, Hurts turned in an impressive regular-season performance and was an MVP candidate.
He rose to the occasion in the postseason and helped lead the Eagles to an NFC title and a Super Bowl appearance. The 24-year-old even finished the big game with a Super Bowl quarterback record 70-yard rushing with three rushing touchdowns.
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Hurts made a crucial mistake during the game: a fumble that the Chiefs returned for a touchdown.
According to his teammates, Jason Kelce, Hurts is still bothered by the fumble.
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«When you’re the guy, when you’re Jalen Hurts, I know how he thinks, because we’ve talked about it, he still beats himself up for this play and that play,» Eagles center Jason Kelce said in a statement. interview with JAKIB Sports.
Kelce, a five-time All-Pro center, added that it reminded Hurts of how well he played during the big game.
«I’m like, dude, you had the greatest performance by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. You did good.»
State Farm Stadium’s playing surface became a talking point during and after the game. Some players appeared to lose their balance during the game due to the apparent slippery turf.
State Farm Stadium features a retractable roof and a natural grass surface that moves outward on a movable tray to catch the sunlight.
Kelce was asked about the field conditions at the stadium.
“The reality is that when you’re that guy, when you’re really a competitor, you think you’re in control of things,” he said. «You don’t want to acknowledge someone else, a field, officials, because once you start doing that, you start to devalue who you are and who we are.»
«The field surface at State Farm Stadium met the standards required for the maintenance of natural surfaces, per NFL policy,» the league said in a February 13 statement. «The natural grass surface was tested during Super Bowl week and met all Mandatory NFL Practices».
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The Eagles hope to be the first NFC East team since 2004 to repeat as division champions.