Turning point for the Eagles in Super Bowl 57

Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

It was there for the taking. On Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles suffered one of the most heartbreaking losses you could imagine in the Super Bowl, falling 38-35 to the Kansas City Chiefs and the one and only Patrick Mahomes. Up 10 points at halftime, Eagles fans across the globe were getting ready to celebrate.

Then the wheels fell off a bit and it was Mahomes, Travis Kelce and others who lifted the Lombardi Trophy instead of Philly. Things looked so great for the Eagles and Nick Sirianni, but then the nightmare fourth quarter prevented the franchise from bringing home its second Super Bowl title.

When looking back at the action, which play or set of plays was the turning point that prevented Jalen Hurts and Co. from capturing the glory? Unfortunately, we think it had to be the Kadarius Toney punt return in the fourth quarter. It just had to be a former Giant to break our hearts, right?

Kadarius Toney was a difference-maker for the Chiefs vs. the Eagles

This was nothing short of back-breaking for the Eagles. Not only did Toney remind everyone of how electric he can be with the ball in his hands, but he also set a Super Bowl record with that 65-yard return. It put the Chiefs in business to score another touchdown, with Mahomes hitting rookie Skyy Moore for a TD a few plays later.

At this point, it was a one-point game, but then Toney put things on a platter for his offense. This came after he caught a touchdown from Mahomes earlier in the fourth quarter as well. So, this guy is injured basically 90 percent of the year, but saves his best performance for the final quarter of the season? Only against the Eagles.

You can make the argument that the extended halftime also was a huge help for the Chiefs, as it gave the Kansas City training staff even more time to get Mahomes’ ankle healthy for the second half.

We were also furious with the late call against James Bradberry, but the cornerback admitted he did in fact hold JuJu Smith-Schuster on that play. At the end of the day, it feels like Toney’s showing in the fourth, including his epic punt return, gave the Chiefs all the confidence they needed to record the unreal win.

As the confetti fell to the turf, Philly nation as a whole was in shambles. This defeat is tough to accept, but there’s no doubt in our mind Hurts and the rest of the Eagles will be back on this big stage once again soon.