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Eagles Up 24-14 at Halftime of Super Bowl 57; Mahomes Re-Injures Ankle

13 February 2023, Monday
Patrick Mahomes, coached by Andy Reid, is leading the Kansas City Chiefs to their third Super Bowl in four years in a bid to secure their second title since the partnership began and third championship as a franchise. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are making their first return to the Super Bowl in five years, under the guidance of third-year QB Jalen Hurts and second-year coach Nick Sirianni. With Super Bowl 57 fast-approaching, here are the latest updates.

Only once has a team not been able to hold on to a victory in the Super Bowl after having a double-digit lead at halftime: the Atlanta Falcons were unable to turn this lead into a win when the New England Patriots staged their historic comeback from a 28-3 deficit six years ago.

At halftime of their matchup, the Philadelphia Eagles had a 24-14 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Eagles had dominated the first half, holding more than two-thirds of the time of possession with 21:54, compared to the Chiefs' 8:06. The Eagles had also outplayed the Chiefs by a large margin, running 44 plays to the Chiefs' 20. On third downs, the Eagles were 6-for-10 while the Chiefs were 0-for-3.

DeVonta Smith's quick snap helped the Eagles move quickly down the field on their first drive of the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, leading to a late field goal that put them ahead 24-14 at halftime. Despite the questionable catch, the Eagles were able to keep their lead in the first half. However, this tactic did not prove successful for the Eagles when they faced the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Late in the second quarter, a replay review showed that Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Smith, did not maintain control of the ball after a catch to the Kansas City 13. This was ruled incomplete, and with less than two minutes left in the first half, the officials signaled for a review. As the review concluded, A.J. Brown had a 22-yard catch-and-run that put Philadelphia in field goal range. Jake Elliott then connected from 35 yards out as time expired in the first half, giving the Eagles a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Patrick Mahomes' previously good injured right ankle took a turn for the worse late in the first half of the divisional playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mahomes scrambled on third down and was brought down by Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards with 1:44 left in the second quarter. When he landed, the injured right foot took the brunt of the fall, leaving Mahomes in obvious pain. He limped off the field and was then evaluated by trainers on the sideline. Before the injury, Mahomes had given the impression that his foot was healing well from the high-ankle sprain suffered last month and he seemed to be running with ease.

The Eagles had 35 fourth-down attempts before entering the Super Bowl, but the 36th and 37th would prove to be the most pivotal of the season. On fourth-and-5 from the Kansas City 44, Hurts found some open running space and gained 28 yards to convert the first fourth down of the drive. On fourth-and-2 afterwards, the Eagles were able to tempt Kansas City into jumping inside the red zone and Hurts then rushed for another touchdown to make it 21-14 with two minutes left in the half.

The Eagles have an overwhelming lead in time of possession. They have had control of the ball for 20:32 in comparison to Kansas City, which has only had it for 7:08. The drive was 12 plays and lasted for 7:19.

The Eagles were in Kansas City's territory and had a seven-point lead before things began to unravel. Facing a third-and-1 from the Chiefs' 47, right guard Isaac Seumalo was called for a false start and moved the Eagles back five yards. On the subsequent play, quarterback Jalen Hurts attempted a quarterback keeper, but fumbled the ball, allowing Nick Bolton – the Chiefs' leading tackler – to scoop it up and score a 36-yard touchdown that tied the game. The fumble was Hurts' first since Week 10 against Indianapolis and the Eagles' first turnover of the playoffs.
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