The Philadelphia Eagles were hardly playing into the "revenge" narrative that surrounded Monday night's Super Bowl rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.
But the team might be lying if they said Monday night didn't taste like some savory payback.
Both sides hardly had their prettiest game of the season, but the Eagles (9-1) came up big in the fourth quarter and completed a second-half shutout to pull off a 21-17 win over the Chiefs (7-3) on the road to stay atop the NFC.
"We showed up when it mattered the most. .... We found a way," Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said on ESPN's postgame.
Hurts bounced back from a poor first half and was key for Philly when they needed it most. He led a crucial fourth-quarter drive that was highlighted by two big throws to DeVonta Smith before Hurts finished it off with a signature Brotherly Shove touchdown with 6:20 left in the fourth to give Philly what turned out to be the game-winning score.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had Kansas City up 17-7 at halftime after touchdown passes to Justin Watson and Travis Kelce, but couldn't get it going in the second half as the Chiefs went scoreless. While Kansas City held a 17-14 lead at the start of the fourth with a chance to put it away, Kelce fumbled in the red zone at thw 14-yard line. The Eagles went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but the Chiefs wouldn't reach the red zone for the rest of the night.
On Kansas City's final drive, receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped a potential go-ahead 51-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left. The Chiefs had their chances, but the Eagles did what they've done all season and found a way to win.
Eagles star receiver A.J. Brown was completely shut out by the Chiefs defense, as he was held to just one catch for eight yards
But while the Chiefs defense got tons of early credit for how they harassed Hurts, the Eagles defense helped close things out in the second half. Overall, Philly forced four three-and-outs and two turnovers.
The Eagles will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in another tough matchup with an AFC foe.