Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld replaced Jalen Hurts early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's Week 17 game, causing a storm of reaction on social media -- especially among New York Giants faithful.
Pulling Hurts was the Eagles' plan going in to this game. Not only did it limit the punishment Hurts took behind a skeleton-crew offensive line while giving Sudfeld some reps, but it also conveniently lowered the host Eagles' chances of winning the game.
The Eagles' 20-14 loss to Washington secured the No. 6 overall pick in April's NFL draft. A victory would have dropped the Eagles to No. 9 overall, so there was plenty of incentive for Philadelphia to end up with a loss. Also, a win by Philadelphia would have given the Giants the NFC East title and a ticket to the NFL playoffs. Washington earned the division title and advanced.
Despite the Eagles' incentives or motives, people from inside the NFL, including current and former Giants players, took to social media to post their confusion and disappointment.
This is why we don't like the Eagles. https://t.co/Efe7kEPtES— Eli Manning (@EliManning) January 4, 2021
We don't like you either 😀😀😀 https://t.co/aAjrcSEri8— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) January 4, 2021
.......— Blake Martinez (@Big__Blake50) January 4, 2021
This is sickening— Darius Slayton (@Young_Slay2) January 4, 2021
Good grief— Julian Love (@julianlove27) January 4, 2021
Congrats to that football team in Maryland— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) January 4, 2021
That was a mockery pic.twitter.com/llXwIiRDwt— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) January 4, 2021
Let's go Philly!!! Don't play with my emotions!!!— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) January 4, 2021
This didn't age well 🥴 https://t.co/ycx5HFyufN— New York Giants (@Giants) January 4, 2021
I'm really lost for words about what transpired in that Philadelphia vs Washington game!— Harry Douglas (@HDouglas83) January 4, 2021
It isn't new. No one tanks on the NFL. You are always being evaluated though. I've seen teams not play guys that were close to hitting their incentive bonuses too https://t.co/xNyNR2tStc— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 4, 2021
Why do they keep talking about New York. How about all the Washington Football Team fans that want to se the WFT win.— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) January 4, 2021
This game is drunk! Can't imagine being on the Giants and having to watch this...— Brandon Weeden (@bweeden3) January 4, 2021
Philly hate the Giants that much huh? Shhheesssh— Rashad Jennings (@RashadJennings) January 4, 2021
This is a joke right??— Brian Westbrook (@36westbrook) January 4, 2021
Danny Dimes right now pic.twitter.com/DD2UiWgJRf— hydrated king chris long (@JOEL9ONE) January 4, 2021