Whatever happened to swallowing the whistle? That’s still a thing, right? The Philadelphia Eagles are in a tough battle with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The referees are already a topic of conversation.
On Philadelphia’s first drive of the game, Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith on a huge third-down conversion that set the Eagles up with a first-and-goal scenario inside their opponents’ ten-yard line. On the Niners’ first drive, Haason Reddick forced a fumble, one that resulted in a clear fumble recovery by Linval Joseph.
That one was originally blown dead and ruled as an incomplete pass. Following a challenge and an overturn of the on-field call, the Birds were awarded the football. That’s the good news.
The bad news is however that, by blowing the play dead, that negated the opportunity for what could have been a long run back and more favorable field position for Philly.
Twitter reacts to the refs blowing the play dead on an obvious fumble recovery.
Big plays and big wins are always the results of smaller more succinct plays that make up the game. Hopefully, the Eagles will win by more than one score, and we won’t have to hear from Niners fans that a blown call blew the game.
Then again, why are we discussing that? How about blowing that play dead prematurely? Where’s Philly’s justice? Eagles Twitter is on the case. Here are a few reactions.
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