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Eagles’ Jalen Hurts gets real on struggling in first career playoff game

Eagles, Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts’ NFL playoff debut was a game to forget. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers demolished Hurts and his Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 31-15 in the Wild Card round.

Hurts, who admitted to being banged up after the game, threw for 258 yards, one (garbage-time) touchdown and two interceptions. The Eagles offense couldn’t do anything against the Buccaneers in the first three quarters. Philadelphia was expected to lose to the title-contending Bucs but the way in which they did was truly awful.

Although he got embarrassed, Hurts kept his head high after the loss. The 23-year-old said that he is excited to get back to work and stressed that learning from his terrible performance will be key.

Offensive tackle Jordan Mailata came to Hurts’ defense, saying that Philadelphia’s loss is not all on him. Although Hurts was a huge reason for it, Mailata is correct, as Hurts got pressured relentlessly and the Eagles’ defense couldn’t stop the Bucs’ offense.

Hurts’ humility after the game is comendable but he still has to show he can be the Eagles’ franchise quarterback with his actions. His passing deficiencies greatly limit what the Eagles can do offensively. Their run-heavy offensive attack won’t fly. Hurts has to prove he can be a real threat through the air.

Hurts and the Eagles may be down, but the resilience they showed this season is a sign that they are not out. They were not expected to be in the playoffs this season. Although they have a lot of work to do before being true contenders, they aren’t hopeless.