The Eagles Will Be Back

Sam Baskies, Staff Writer

This year’s Super Bowl was a battle of the two best teams from each division of the NFL. The Eagles had the best record in the NFC and The Chiefs had the best record in the AFC. Jalen Hurts was just coming off a steaming hot victory against the banged-up 49ers and, even with the shoulder injury, played amazingly well. On the other hand, The Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes got injured in his semifinal game and got a high ankle sprain. At the beginning of the week, Mahomes was a game-time decision, but everyone really knew that he would play through the injury. 

The Eagles, going into the Super Bowl, were favored by one point to win. The number one scoring offense, The Chiefs vs. the number two scoring offense, The Eagles. At the start of the game, the field was in horrible condition. The grass was very slippery and many players found it very hard to play on. Both teams were going back and forth scoring touchdowns. At halftime, The Eagles were up 24-14. Then, Mahomes started getting his connection going with his wide receivers, Sky Moore and Juju Smith-Schuster, who both put up big touchdowns to put The Chiefs back into the game. The Eagles in the second–half had a hard time moving the ball. The Eagles had 3 possessions in the second half and scored a touchdown and a field goal. As opposed to The Chiefs who had 4 possessions, one being the lead-up to a Harrison Butker game-winning field goal, because of the biggest flag thrown in Superbowl history. JuJu Smith-Schuster was one on one with cornerback James Bradberry who “pulled” Juju Smith-Schuster. The referees should not have called this a flag because Bradberrry just barely touches his back which is legal. Mahomes finished the game with 182 passing yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Jalen Hurts ended the game with 304 passing yards, and one passing touchdown,  to go along with 70 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns. 

Now looking forward to the offseason, The Eagles did not use the franchise tag on anybody, which leaves them in a sticky situation when you look at their free agents including; James Bradberry, Andre Dillard, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Miles Sanders, Marcus Epps, and Javon Hargrave. The Eagles should resign most of these players but would have to move on from long-time Eagles Fletcher Cox. The Eagles need the offseason to focus on bringing back the necessary players and drafting a safety, a cornerback, two defensive linemen, and a wide receiver. The Eagles had an incredible run this year and should not seem too disappointed because looking to next year the Eagles should have another great season.