Hurts vows to use defeat as a teaching moment after Mahomes hails “special achievement.”

Jalen Hurts took little comfort in some extremely complimentary words from Patrick Mahomes in the wake of the Philadelphia Eagles’ painful Super Bowl LVII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hurts seemingly had the Eagles in position to win the Lombardi Trophy as they led the Chiefs 24-14 at halftime.

But the Chiefs produced an offensive masterclass in the second half, beating the Eagles 24-11 in the last two quarters in a spellbinding game at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.

The turning point seemed to come in the third quarter, when the Eagles, still leading 24–21, made a 17-play drive that lasted seven minutes and 45 seconds, but ended in a Jake Elliott field goal.

Kansas City scored on their next two possessions, sandwiched by a three-and-out for the Eagles, to give the Chiefs a 35–27 lead.

A 45-yard connection from Hurts to DeVonta Smith followed by a touchdown run from Hurts and a two-point conversation tied the game, only for a 26-yard scramble from Mahomes followed by a key-holding penalty at Eagles corner James Bradberry, put the Chiefs in position to bleed the clock and kick the deciding field goal.

It means Hurts’ stunning second season as a starting quarterback ends in heartbreak, despite a performance that would have earned him the MVP had Philadelphia won.

Although Hurts got a fumble for a touchdown by Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton in the second quarter, he broke the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (70). He also tied records for most points scored by a single player (20) and most touchdowns from scrimmage (3).

Mahomes and Hurts were the first two black starting quarterbacks to face each other in Super Bowl history, and also had the youngest combined ages of two starting Super Bowl quarterbacks at 51 years and 337 days.

And Mahomes lauded his counterpart, saying of Hurts, “If there were any doubters, there shouldn’t be them now.

“That was a special performance, I don’t want it to be lost in the loss they suffered. It was a special performance from him man, you certainly appreciate that when you look back at this game.”

But that was no comfort to Hurts.

When asked about Mahomes’ comments, he replied: “I have a lot of respect for him. I always have. He’s done really great things so far. For me, we lost.

“He came away with the win. We came up short, so it’s something I know will motivate me. I’ve been here before, and that’s the great thing about it, so I’ll figure it out.

“You win or you learn, that’s how I feel. You win or you learn. Win, lose, I’m always thinking about the things I could have done better, everything you could have done better to take that next step. ” That will be the same process I always go through.

“It’s a hard feeling to come up short. It’s a very hard feeling, but I know the direction is to rise and that will be the way to move forward, that will be the mindset to move forward. That’s the mindset. Of course, credit to them for the game they played and the very competitive football game and the very competitive football team and Coach Reid. We will sit back, think about it and learn from it.”

Pressured by the lesson he will learn from this defeat, Hurts added: “You want to cherish these moments with the people you’ve come this far with, your family, your loved ones, your teammates, your colleagues, everyone you does it with and does it for.

“I’m so proud of this team. I would say I’m so proud of this team for everything we were able to overcome. Obviously we had a big goal that we wanted to achieve and we came up short. I think the great thing about it is that everyone experiences different pains, everyone experiences different torments of life, but you decide if you want to learn from it. You decide if you want that to be a teachable moment. I know I do.”

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