We Finally Have An Explanation For Jalen Hurts Woefully Short Hail Mary Attempt In Super Bowl 57

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Barring a crucial fumble turned Kansas City Chiefs touchdown, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was excellent in Super Bowl 57.

The third-year player finished the night 27-of-38 for 304 yards and a touchdown. He also had 15-carries for a record 70 rushing yards and three more scores.

For much of the night, it appeared that Hurts was in line to win the Super Bowl MVP as Philly controlled the game.

Late in the game, however, that all slipped away. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs came racing back, outscoring the Eagles 24-11 in the second half to take the 38-35 victory.

Hurts the Philly offense could do little but watch as Mahomes led his team down the field late in the game for the game-winning field goal.

At first, it appeared the Eagles may get the ball back with a chance to tie or win the game. But a controversial, late holding call on Philadelphia cornerback James Bradberry all but ended those hopes.

Instead, Philadelphia got the ball back with under 10 seconds to go and time for just one play. Hurts dropped back to pass from is own 36-yard-line and attempting to heave a massive Hail Mary into the end zone.

But rather than reaching the end zone, or really anywhere close, the ball fell comically short at the Kansas City 20-yard-line. It was an odd sight. Hurts has one of the strongest arms in the league and routine throws the ball 50-plus yards in the air.

This ball didn’t even get close to that, and he was able to step into the throw fully.

Now we know.

Video from Twitter user Artie Schweitzer appears to show Jalen Hurts stepping on the foot of center Jason Kelce while releasing the ball. That kept Hurts from following through properly and the ball came out low and soft.

It was a harsh ending to an otherwise brilliant game from Hurts.