Jalen Hurts’ fifth touchdown seals Eagles’ 37-34 overtime win against Bills

Jalen Hurts runs for winning TD in overtime
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts celebrates after scoring the game winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during overtime in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

As overtime approached and the game was on the line, Jalen Hurts easily won.

Hurts broke free on a quarterback pull, racing through a wide-open space and evading two Buffalo Bills defenders to score the game-winning 12-yard touchdown that put the Philadelphia Eagles up 37-34 in overtime.

Hurts, who appeared to be frequently bothered by his bothersome knee issue, scored his fifth touchdown of the evening as he led his Eagles to the NFL’s best record of 10-1. According to NFL Research, Hurts became just the second quarterback since 1950 to have 10-plus wins over his team’s first 11 games in back-to-back seasons, behind Peyton Manning (2005–06).

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni stated, “He made a lot of really clutch plays in that second half and then, you know, the big one, obviously at the end right there.” Our front-end blocking was excellent, and Jalen made a big play to score a touchdown in a crucial situation. What you find out about him, man. Since you already know that he’s clutch, I don’t think there’s anything new to learn about him. He has been clutch for the previous three years for this team, this city, and us, so you know, he just kept working hard and persevering until he produced some huge plays at the end.

On Sunday, Hurts scored in all except the second quarter, as the Bills established a 17-7 lead, which the Eagles quarterback helped his team overcome.

Hurts, who scored five touchdowns in a single game for the first time in his four-year career, added, We just keep finding ways to win. We keep figuring out how to prevail. Together, we play. We consistently demonstrate our resilience every day. Enter the game and exit it. Several other things have tested us. We manage to find a way, don’t we?

Hurts ran for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 16 attempts in the game’s latter stages after completing 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. With 11:07 remaining in the game, he scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 1-yard run, then set up the comeback with a 3-yard pass to A.J. Brown. In the fourth quarter, he found DeVonta Smith for a 15-yard touchdown and then connected with Olamide Zaccheaus on a stunning 29-yard scoring toss to put the Eagles ahead.

“Just clutch in clutch moments, right?” said Sirianni. He’s going to want certain plays from the first half back. We’ll call plays from the first half that we wish we could have back, but we also made some huge plays when it counted most. The three touchdown passes are all that are needed. I believe he hit the ball to DeVonta for the touchdown after accurately reading the defense. What a spectacular scramble touchdown pass and catch by OZ and Jalen. Oh my, that play was excellent.

In addition to throwing for 339 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick, Josh Allen, the quarterback for the Bills, also had an exceptional statistical night. He ran for 81 yards and two scores.

Hurts, nevertheless, was the one with the ball last.

Hurts controlled a nine-play, 75-yard journey that ended in the game’s victory after Allen led a 12-play, 53-yard march for a Tyler Bass field goal and a tenuous 34-31 lead in overtime.

During the drive, he ran it three times for 27 yards, including the game-winning draw play, and completed three of his five passes for 32 yards.

The question of whether the Eagles, especially the offense, are performing at their best has been a running theme throughout the season. They have, however, performed well enough to have the best record in the league after 11 games, and Hurts has been a driving force for them against all opponents and weather conditions, turning both successful and unsuccessful games into victories.

He scored five touchdowns on Sunday in a performance that might easily win him a game of the year as his Eagles triumphed handily.

“We found a way in the end,” Hurts stated, “and made it happen.”

Credits: NFL

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