By Sally Fahey
Jalen Hurts completed 27-of-38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 38-35 Super Bowl LVII loss to the Chiefs, adding 15 carries for 70 yards and three additional touchdowns.
Hurts also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Hurts’ three rushing scores were not only a quarterback Super Bowl record, they tied Terrell Davis’ record for any player.
Although his shoulder injury was clearly a factor on a few underthrown deep balls, Hurts did everything within his power to will the Eagles to a title, threading a number of beautiful needles through the air. It just wasn’t enough.
Supposedly still a question mark in the eyes of some idiots entering the regular season, third-year pro Hurts emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate.
Hurts produced 10-plus rushing scores for the second straight year, and might have won the rushing touchdown crown without the ailment. As it was, he had to “settle” for 13 TDs on the ground.
The real news was through the air, where Hurts took advantage of new No. 1 receiver A.J. Brown to come into his own as an NFL passer.
He posted new passing career highs across the board, finishing as a second-team All-Pro behind his Super Bowl opponent Patrick Mahomes.
His passing has progressed to the point that he is now arguably the most dangerous dual-threat in the league over Lamar Jackson. He’s also due to get paid as he heads into the final year of his rookie deal.
A savvy Eagles front office figures to extend Hurts this summer rather than franchise tagging him in 2024 and waiting for quarterback salaries to soar ever higher.
That throw, that catch🤝#SBLVII | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/BGbQc0DjcB
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 13, 2023