Jalen Hurts takes accountability despite historic performance in Super Bowl loss
Jalen Hurts was fantastic last night, but the Philadelphia Eagles came up short in the second half, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII.
Hurts threw for 304 yards and rushed for 70 yards, which was the most by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. Hurts also scored three of his four touchdowns on the night on the ground, tying Terrell Davis for most all time.
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Yes, there was a critical mistake where Hurts had a freak fumble while trying to switch hands and basically just dropped it, allowing Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton to return the loose ball for a 36-yard touchdown. After the game, Hurts took the podium and spoke with NFL.com’s Judy Battista, taking accountability for the loss.
Jalen Hurts on Super Bowl LVII Performance
“I always hold myself to a very high standard in everything I do,” the 24-year-old said. “Obviously, I try to control the things I can. I touch the ball on every play. I want to protect it. It hurt us. You never know what play it will be.
“I don’t do this to be loved. I don’t do this to be hated. I don’t do this to seek anybody else’s approval. I do it for the guys in the locker room. I do it for all the time we invested in this. I do it for the thrill and love of something that we put work into. It is a tough feeling to come up short. But I know the only direction is to rise and that will be the mentality going forward. We’ll sit back and reflect on it and learn from it.
“I’ve already challenged everyone to think about those things,” he continued. “Look yourself in the mirror and be able to learn from everything. You either win or you learn.”
Definitely a tough pill to swallow. The Eagles went into halftime with a 10-point lead and simply couldn’t get their defense off the field in crunch time during the second half. It was an unfortunate ending to an incredible Super Bowl run. This one will hurt for a while, but I’m confident in Hurts and company to be in this position for years to come.