Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) warms up before playing the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12, 2023. Nfl Super Bowl Lvii Kansas City Chiefs Vs Philadelphia Eagles

If it seemed like Jalen Hurts was playing on another level in the first half of Super Bowl LVII, it’s because he actually was doing something unprecedented.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback rushed for two touchdowns in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs, becoming only the second QB to have two rushing touchdowns in a Super Bowl. Jim McMahon turned the feat in Super Bowl XX.

Also, with his scoring strike to A.J. Brown, Hurts became the first player in NFL history with two rushing TDs and a passing TD in a Super Bowl.

Outside of a costly fumble that the Chiefs turned into a touchdown return, Hurts looked like the best quarterback on the planet in the first half of Super Bowl LVII. He completed 17-of-22 passes for 183 yards and that touchdown pass to Brown. He added 63 rushing yards and two scores on the ground as the Eagles took a 24-14 lead at the half.

NFL Twitter praised Hurts’ performance. Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab tweeted, “Jalen Hurts was so good, you wonder if he and the Eagles were playing a little coy with the injured shoulder talk before Super Bowl LVII. Either way, Hurts set some SB history before Rihanna started singing.

No wonder Hurts entered the Super Bowl at +125 odds to win MVP, just behind Super Bowl LVII at +120 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

[Rich Eisen]

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