By Teddy Brenner
If you are looking for one slightly bright spot in the disaster of the Eagles tanking Sunday night’s game to the WFT, try this:
It didn’t play well in New York, New York, a place so nice they named it twice.
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge has accused the Eagles of “disrespecting the game” for turning to third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
The Eagles trailed Washington 17-14 on Sunday Night Football, when head coach Doug Pederson replaced Jalen Hurts with Sudfeld, who had last taken a snap in Week 17 of the 2018 season. Philly failed to put up any points in the fourth quarter, with Washington securing a 20-14 and a first NFC East title since 2015. Had the Eagles won, the Giants would have won the division and made the playoffs instead.
With the loss to Washington, meanwhile, Philadelphia secured the sixth overall pick in the draft. Had the Eagles won, they would have picked ninth.
Several Giants players shared their frustration on social media on Sunday night as Pederson pulled Hurts from the game. Judge echoed their thoughts, making clear what he thought of the way the Eagles handled the situation on Sunday.
“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants,” he told reporters yesterday.
The Giants had to defeat Dallas on Sunday afternoon and hope for a favor from Philly. While Big Blue held up its side of the bargain by defeating the Cowboys 24-19, their effort ultimately proved futile.