The Washington Commanders pulled off the upset of the season in the NFL by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The win wasn’t without controversy, however, as referees interjected more than fans of either team hoped coming in.
The ref show started with Benjamin St-Juste getting flagged for pass interference on DeVonta Smith that preluded a Dallas Goedert touchdown. The ESPN broadcast said there was “significant” contact made by St-Juste, when in reality there was little hand-fighting going on and St-Juste made a play on the ball.
That didn’t stop Eagles fans from calling into local radio shows whining about the poor officiating in the second half of the game, though.
We’ll be the first to admit the missed facemask from Jamin Davis on Dallas Goedert was egregious. And the fact Goedert hurt his shoulder on the play and will miss extended time adds insult to literal injury for the Eagles.
But Brandon Graham’s unnecessary roughness on Taylor Heinicke that effectively iced the game was a clear penalty. It may have been “soft” given Graham barely made contact with Heinicke, but the QB gave himself up (he was literally on the ground) and the veteran defender had ample time to pull up from his pass rush.
To nobody’s surprise, Eagles fans haven’t stopped whining about the call.
Eagles fans won’t stop whining about the officiating after Philly lost to the Commanders on Monday Night Football.
Flagged for playing until the whistle was blown? How about flagged for making illegal contact with a quarterback who gave himself up? Wasn’t a bang-bang play, either. Heinicke was on the ground for a long second and was already touched down by Haason Reddick. Graham had no reason to come flying in last-minute.
It was the right call by the letter of the rule. I’m sure Eagles fans made the same argument for St-Juste’s pass interference penalty on DeVonta Smith that allowed Philadelphia to jump out to a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Why not? Because it hurt the Eagles chances of winning? Because Graham didn’t lead with his helmet? Eagles fans really forgot how to lose with dignity. Guess that happens when you only have two wins against teams with a winning record. One of those, by the way, came against the Cooper Rush-led Cowboys.
At least someone stepped up and put Philly fans in their place.
What a beautiful radio call. You’d think Eagles fans would have the humility after starting undefeated through eight games to admit they were beaten in all three facets. They just can’t accept the fact they were bullied at home by Washington so they’re resorting to blaming the officials.
The refs were terrible all night on both sides, but pretending like the officiating is the reason Washington won when the Eagles committed four turnovers, lost the time of possession battle by over 20 minutes, and allowed the Commanders to go 12-of-21 on third down is embarrassing.
Just take the L.