KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sometimes the sequel is even better than the original.
In a Super Bowl rematch at Arrowhead Stadium, the Eagles beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 21-17, spurred by a second-half comeback that served as the inverse of the game these two teams played nine months ago.
The win moves the Eagles to 9-1 — squarely atop the conference — and marks the first time they’ve notched a win against their former coach Andy Reid.
Here’s our instant analysis:
New guys, new game
In the biggest game of the season so far, the Eagles’ new-look secondary may have found its footing.
Kevin Byard and Bradley Roby, both mid-season additions to shore up a shaky back end, came up with timely turnovers to keep the Eagles in the game Monday night. Byard’s came in the second quarter, when he snagged an under-thrown pass from Patrick Mahomes intended for tight end Justin Watson in the end zone, saving at least three points for the defense. Byard came into the game with no pass breakups or interceptions all season, but finished with two PBUs and the pick while also leading the team with eight tackles.
In his first game back since suffering a shoulder injury last month, Roby’s big play came in an even more pivotal part of the game. The slot cornerback executed a perfect punch-out on Travis Kelce after the tight end caught a 5-yard pass in the fourth quarter and from the Eagles’ 14-yard line.
The Eagles weren’t able to capitalize on either turnover with points of their own, but the lack of Chiefs points helped stem the tide as the offense struggled to find its footing.
Explosive plays aside, the secondary coming off several suspect outings successfully rebounded against a talented Chiefs offense. Kelce finished with just seven catches for 44 yards and a score, with Roby and Byard each spending meaningful time lined up across from him.
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