The Philadelphia Eagles are now 9-1, pulling out a last minute win against the Indianapolis Colts during Sunday’s game. And, they have quarterback Jalen Hurts to thank for it.
Hurts’ dual-threat ability made him the game’s MVP, proving why the 24-year-old is in the running to be the league’s best player.
JALEN HURTS AS MVP FOR WEEK 11 GAME
If you were watching Philadelphia’s game against Indianapolis, it would come as no surprise if you thought the team was going to acquire their second consecutive loss. Trailing by seven points early in the first quarter, the Eagles allowed the Colts to score on their first drive for the first time this season.
With an offense trying to re-group after losing tight end Dallas Goedert, Hurts took off with his run game, moving the ball down to the 22-yard line for a field goal.
Though the second-quarter used to be the best quarter for the Eagles, it was scoreless on Sunday. In the third, Hurts ran the ball earning more yardage before completing a 22-yard pass to wide receiver Quez Watkins for the team’s first touchdown.
With just under two minutes to go in the game, Hurts’ legs were at it again, finishing the drive with a seven-yard rush into the end zone. The second touchdown placed the Eagles one point ahead of the Colts to pull out Philadelphia’s ninth win this season.
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The comeback was the first ten-point retaliation in the fourth-quarter since Week 15 of the 2010 season.
“There hasn’t been many opportunities where I had the opportunity to use my legs. We all knew as a staff and as a team it would come at some point naturally. I’m just thankful it was enough to get the win today.”
Hurts completed 18 of 25 passes for 173 passing yards and one passing touchdown. His 107.1 rating was impressive, but even more so were his 16 carries for 86 rushing yards. He had one rushing (and winning) touchdown, brining his career total to 20.
“There was never a doubt,” Hurts stated following the game regarding the team’s mindset in the final drive. “We never wavered. Throughout the game, there were things that did not go out way in terms of our execution, and we put ourselves in a bad position but we were never out of the fight. There was never any doubt because of the belief that we have in one another.”
“I was just playing the game. I don’t really get into how I have to win it or whatever. I just try to go out there and read and react, make it as simple as I possible can.”
Teammate Quez Watkins added, “This is his [Hurts] team. He’s the man. He is always cool, always calm, and today he lifted us to a huge win.”
ONTO WEEK 12
The Eagles will now return to Philadelphia to host the Green Bay Packers. Notoriously known for being a team who’s hard to beat, the Packers are 4-7 this season. The game is scheduled for Sunday, November 27 at 8:20 PM.