When Eagles coach Doug Pederson benched quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld within the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ “Sunday Evening Soccer” sport in opposition to the Washington Soccer Staff, followers throughout the NFL all had the identical query: “What the hell is happening?”

Severely, what the hell was happening?

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Philadelphia trailed by solely 17-14 when Pederson made the swap with 12:35 remaining within the sport. So why give the hook to his rookie QB, who simply took the beginning job from Carson Wentz, and substitute him with the third-stringer?

Pederson should not have wanted a lot convincing to convey Hurts again in when Sudfeld threw an interception on his second cross. However as a substitute, he left Sudfeld in for 3 extra possessions to attempt to both tie or win the sport.

Sudfeld did not come shut. He fumbled a low snap on the next possession, resulting in a Washington discipline aim to make it 20-14, the ultimate margin as WFT clinched the NFC East. He then took a few sacks to stall out the following drive and moved the ball all of 24 yards in 56 seconds on the sport’s closing possession, finishing a checkdown cross to Quez Watkins over the center for six yards to expire the clock.

The strangest half about all of this was listening to Pederson’s rationale.

“Nate’s been right here for 4 years and I wished to get him some enjoying time,” Pederson stated.

In fact, followers — particularly these of the Giants, who would have gained the East and earned a playoff berth with a Washington loss — weren’t having it. Sadly for Sudfeld, he was caught within the ruthless crossfire that’s Twitter.

Here is a have a look at among the finest tweets at Sudfeld’s expense.