Quarterback Nate Midfield has been with the Eagles since 2017, and during that period he has played only when necessary.
Apparently, it was necessary Sunday night because the Eagles were in danger of winning their Game.
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It was quite curious when Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson decided to chase a touchdown in the fourth and goal from the Washington Football Team 4-yard line with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter, with the Eagles just three points behind. Marker. Game.
With that bullet dodged, Pederson couldn’t take a chance that talented rookie Jalen Hurts could lead another potential touchdown as the Game drew to a close. He then sent Midfield to throw an interception and seven incomplete passes for just 32 passing yards on the four possessions that ran before the final whistle.
Washington won 20-14 and will head to the NFC playoffs as the East Division champion.
The Eagles will select No. 6, who seemed to be the target from the start.
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The Giants, who would have made the playoffs if the Eagles won the Game, were angry at what they saw unfold.
Pederson later told reporters: “I was trying winning” and that Midfield deserved to play. Hurts wasn’t extraordinary against Ft, but he led 75-yard, 65-yard touchdown drives to give the Eagles a lead in the second quarter. And they were in position to tie after a brilliant interception in Washington territory by Marcus Epps. But Pederson ushered Hurts through a fourth down, and he came up short.
While Hurts was a threat to flee from Washington’s passing rush and averaged 4.3 yards in eight runs, Midfield was sacked twice in his brief appearance.
” He couldn’t have done what Philadelphia did,” NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said on the Game’s broadcast.
He was not the only member of the media who reacted with disdain.
From ESPN’s Chris Mortensen: ” Consensus of those in the NFL and those who have been associated with it: Shame.”
This is the most negative barrage of comments I’ve received about a Game’s lack of integrity and that doesn’t even count the biases related to the Giants.
Consensus of those in the NFL and who have partnered with it: Shame.
That’s not the fault of the Washington football team.
– Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2021
From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Many will applaud the tank and three draft spots, but it says a lot about the current culture of the organization.”
A shameful end to a terrible #Eagles season. Many will applaud the tank and three draft spots, but it says a lot about the current culture of the organization.
– Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 4, 2021
From ESPN’s Ryan Clark: “In a pandemic, the NFL found a way to take power for 17 weeks. I mean, he fought like hell to play every Game! Who knew the last 1 to decide the Game? NFC This would have been the 1 to cancel? “
The NFL fans deserved better, the other 30 organizations and their players deserved better. In a pandemic, the NFL found a way to function for 17 weeks. I mean I fought like hell to play all the Games! Who knew the last 1 to decide the NFC East would have been the 1 to cancel?
– Ryan Clark (@ Realrclark25) January 4, 2021
From NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano: “Washington says, ‘Thank you Eagles.’
Washington says “Thank you, Eagles”.
– Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 4, 2021
From ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky: “What happened to respecting the Game and respecting the other teams within the league?”
Midfield had played in three Games since arriving in 2017 and had accumulated 156 passing yards in his career. Those numbers were pretty easy to understand after what he showed in this Game.
A three-place draft difference can certainly be advantageous when rebuilding a roster, but the Eagles won the Super Bowl just three years ago and retain some of the essential players from that championship, including tight end Zach Ertz and center. Jason Hence. They put on a night of intense physical exertion against Washington on Sunday night, only to see their best chance of winning the Game wrapped for the fourth quarter in a green band cape.
The NFL has long resisted following the NBA’s lead in establishing a lottery draft to avoid situations like these.
It may be time to reconsider that position.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.