Eagles vs Chiefs score: Andy Reid makes NFL history as Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill have monster day
Andy Reid became the first head coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two different franchises, earning his 100th win with the Kansas City Chiefs by beating Reid’s former team – the Philadelphia Eagles – in a decisive victory. Reid, who has 240 career wins (including the playoffs) moved to 3-0 against his former team, making his first coaching appearance in Philadelphia in eight years.
Reid was able to get the Chiefs’ offense back on track this week, scoring six TDs from their first seven possessions. Patrick Mahomes had five touchdown passes in the victory, including three at Tyreek Hill as Kansas City totaled 472 yards of attack. Mahomes became just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw three touchdown passes in each of his team’s first four games of a season and has 14 touchdown passes in four games – becoming the first player in league history to throw 14 touchdowns in the first four games of a season on several occasions (he accomplished the feat in 2018).
The Chiefs also managed to exhaust the Eagles’ run defense, rushing over 200 yards in the win. Clyde Edwards-Helaire finished with 102 yards on 14 carries as Kansas City was able to come back to .500 with the win – a much-needed victory for a team that came into the game in last place at AFC West. The Chiefs also only had one turnover in the game, in stark contrast to last week (when Kansas City suffered four in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Eagles couldn’t keep pace with the Chiefs, although they didn’t have to kick once in the game. Philadelphia didn’t even have any turnover in the loss, totaling 461 yards of attack. Jalen Hurts threw for 387 yards and two touchdowns (the last one came to Greg Ward in the dying seconds) while rushing for 47 yards in loss. Kenny Gainwell finished with 89 scrum yards and one touchdown while DeVonta Smith recorded his first 100-yard game (seven catches for 122 yards).
We’ll have some takeaways from this game shortly, but here’s a recap of this offensive thriller in our live blog below.
Why the chefs won
The Chiefs just didn’t fight in this one, scoring touchdowns on six of their seven possessions and completely dominating the Eagles’ defense in every facet of the game. Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdowns in the win – his fourth game. of five career touchdowns – and his performance eclipsed Kansas City as he rushed for 200 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged 7.3 yards per carry in the win, leading a Chiefs rushing offense averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Kansas City picked a perfect opportunity to score their first 40-point effort of the year, but credit also goes to the defense – now the Eagles 3 of 6 in the red zone. Keeping the Eagles scoring goals deep in the red zone instead of touchdowns is why the Chiefs were able to pull away in the second half and win easily.
Why the Eagles lost
Philadelphia scored 30 points and set up over 450 yards of attack, with no giveaways and no punt in the afternoon. The Eagles had too many penalties, finishing with nine in the loss – and now have 44 in four games. In addition to the crucial penalties that kept Kansas City on the field, the Eagles’ defense simply couldn’t stop the Chiefs from the moment of the offense. The Philadelphia defensive line was dominated by the Kansas City offensive line up front, allowing Mahomes to have a clean pocket and separate the secondary throughout the afternoon.
The Chiefs had plenty of room in the spaces to lead the football, as five of their seven possessions were played for more than eight games. Philadelphia struggles to stop high power offenses due to their linebacker issues, high school coverage plan, and lack of aggression up front. What defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is doing is not working.
Jalen Hurts found Dallas Goedert for a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the score was overruled as Andre Dillard was an ineligible downstream receiver. The Eagles were trailing 14-10 at the time in the second quarter and only managed to score one field goal (14-13).
In the third quarter, Hurts found Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown on the fourth and the goal from the 3-yard line. The score was overruled by an offensive pass interference penalty from JJ Arcega-Whiteside and the Eagles kicked a basket. The touchdown would have reduced the Chiefs’ lead to 21-19 (at worst), but Philadelphia had to settle for 21-16.
Eight points removed from the table by penalties. Teams of mistakes can’t commit if they want to beat the Chiefs.
Mahomes’ first of five touchdown passes was one of his best reel throws – only this one was thrown like a bowling ball. Channeling his inside Norm Duke, Mahomes took the ball and rolled to his right on an attempted pass on the screen, only to kick Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the score.
The pitch gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead, which they wouldn’t give up in an offensive shootout.
“I think when you think about it you’ll watch him in Kansas City (head coach)… No offense to Philly but I’m glad they let him go.” – Patrick Mahomes on Andy Reid winning his 100th game with the Chiefs.
Raeid and Mahomes are arguably the best quarterback-coach combination in the NFL, together winning 40 of 50 games. Mahomes has the most passing yards and touchdowns in the first 50 games for a starting quarterback in NFL history, giving Reid a lot of credit.
The Chiefs (2-2) face the Bills (3-1) in a Sunday Night Football showdown next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Eagles (1-3) head to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers (3-1).