After leading the Eagles on a nine-play, 75-yard drive, Hurts helped Philadelphia defeat Buffalo 37-34 in overtime. With a 12-yard touchdown run to seal the victory, he gave the Eagles the victory. He extended an NFL record with his 14th straight victory over a team with a winning record and his eighth consecutive win after mounting a double-digit comeback. He completed with two touchdowns and 65 rushing yards in addition to 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Buffalo won the toss and grabbed the ball first, so Allen was involved in two crucial plays on third down in overtime: a 13-yard pass to Gabe Davis and a 15-yard scramble to prolong the Bills’ possession. With 5:52 remaining in OT, Tyler Bass’ 40-yard field goal sealed the possession and gave Buffalo a 34-31 lead.
The Eagles’ effort to equalize the game or maybe take the lead was severely hampered by two false starts by Jason Kelce. Due to the false starts, the Eagles found themselves in a fourth-and-17 situation. Jake Elliott had to try a 59-yard field goal to equal the score and send the game into overtime. With 20 seconds remaining, Elliott made the kick and tied the score at 31-31.
With 1:52 remaining, Allen hit Gabe Davis for the game-winning 7-yard touchdown throw, giving the Bills a 31-28 lead. He threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, added two rushing touchdowns, and ran for 63 yards in an incredible performance for the Bills. The only setback was the interception to James Bradberry deep in his own territory, which allowed the Eagles to take the lead. He had several key passes over the day as the Bills finished 11 of 19 on third down.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Hurts rallied the Eagles from a second 10-point hole by throwing for three touchdowns in the second half. This gave the Eagles a 28-24 lead. To give the Eagles the lead, the quarterback hit touchdown passes to Olamide Zaccheaus, DeVonta Smith, and A.J. Brown. With 11:07 remaining, Zaccheaus made a 29-yard catch in the end zone to give the Eagles the lead. Hurts had completed four pass attempts during this time, scoring three touchdowns.
See the key insights from this suspenseful Philadelphia thriller below.
The reason the Eagles prevailed
Philadelphia won its fourth straight double-digit comeback game thanks to an incredible run by Jalen Hurts in the second half. This is the most comeback victories by an NFL team to start a season. Hurts threw for three touchdowns and ran for the game-winning touchdown to lead the Eagles to 31 points in the second half.
Hurts concluded with seven touches for 43 yards and a touchdown, finishing 14 of 20 for 137 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the second half or overtime. This comes after registering a 7.0 passer rating in the first half while going 4 of 11 for 33 yards and an interception. In addition to rushing for 65 yards and two touchdowns, he completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception (96.2 rating).
The reasons behind the Bills’ defeat
Despite the Bills’ early dominance, the Eagles managed to stay in the game thanks to two Tyler Bass field goals that went wrong. Jalen Carter tipped a 34-yard attempt by Bass at the line, causing it to miss and putting Buffalo ahead 13–7. Early in the third quarter, Bass missed a 48-yard kick that would have placed Buffalo ahead 20–7.
Jalen Hurts led the Eagles on three consecutive possessions with a touchdown, so the second miss cost them. Two field goals that Buffalo might have easily made kept the Eagles within ten points, as they scored on five of their final six possessions.
Hurts awoke, but with Bills’ assistance.
The kick of the year could belong to Jake Elliott for his 59-yard field goal that forced overtime. Elliott’s boot appeared short as he kicked in the pouring rain, but he managed to make it by a few yards.
Before two fouls from Jason Kelce stalled the offense and lined up Elliott for the long kick—the third-longest field goal in Eagles history and the longest to tie a game—the team was driving for the winning touchdown. It’s the hardest kick Elliott has ever made, he claimed.
The game being played
The Eagles’ 12-yard touchdown run by Jalen Hurts completed the double-digit comeback victory and won the game. Hurts guided the Eagles on a nine-play, 75-yard drive, and from the Bills’ 12-yard line, he sealed the victory on a first-and-10.
Hurts scored the game-winning touchdown thanks to a pancake block from Jason Kelce.
“Experience is the biggest teacher. I think that’s for y’all to decide, truly.” — Jalen Hurts on being called a clutch quarterback and his ability to turn around the Eagles. Hurts concluded with seven touches for 43 yards and a touchdown, finishing 14 of 20 for 137 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the second half or overtime.
Next Sunday, the Eagles (10-1) will host the 49ers, who are undoubtedly among the best two teams in the NFC. After their bye, the Bills (6-6) take on the Kansas City Chiefs on December 10.