The Philadelphia Eagles were forced to play the majority of their wild-card round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks without starting quarterback Carson Wentz after he suffered a hit to his helmet that caused him to be removed from the game on Sunday.
The perpetrator from Seattle was defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who said after the game that the incident came on a “bang-bang play” and that he had no intention of injuring Wentz.
Intention aside, the damage was done, and Seattle ultimately won the game 17-9 to advance in the postseason while the Eagles, behind backup quarterback Josh McCown, were sent packing.
After the game, Clowney had some harsh words for supporters watching the Eagles both at Lincoln Financial Field and at home.
“Worst fans in the world,” he said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Backup Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday when starter Carson Wentz was knocked out of the team’s wild-card round game against the Seattle Seahawks.
It was an emotional moment for McCown, a 40-year-old NFL veteran who has played for 11 teams since being drafted in 2002, who was making his postseason debut. He led the Eagles to three field goals but no touchdowns as the team fell at home to Seattle, 17-9.
A widely viewed clip on Twitter after the game showed a tearful McCown embracing Eagles tight end Zach Ertz after the loss, which eliminated Philadelphia from the playoffs:
McCown was similarly emotional in his postgame press conference, during which he said he was “thankful” for the “special” moment of finally getting to play in the postseason.
Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz posted an update for fans on Instagram the day after he was knocked out of his team’s wild-card round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
Wentz was removed from Sunday’s game, which Philadelphia ultimately lost 17-9, shortly after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jadeveon Clowney in the first quarter — though the Seahawks defender wasn’t penalized for the hit.
On Monday, Wentz informed fans that he “will be just fine” in a post thanking fans for their “thoughts and prayers” after his injury.
“So dang proud of this team and how we battled and overcame so much this season,” the quarterback began his message before addressing the play that caused him to be taken out of the game.
“Head injuries are a scary thing so I appreciate everybody’s thoughts and prayers,” he said. “Hate not being out there to finish it out with my guys because of a play like that, but it’s the unfortunate part of this game.”
The full 2019 NFL schedule was released to the public on Wednesday night and some teams aren’t thrilled with the hand they’ve been dealt for the upcoming season.
Most notably, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles have the most difficult schedules, according to NFL Network analysts.
The most difficult part of the Saints’ season, says Maurice Jones-Drew, will be the first four weeks, putting pressure on the team to start strong – otherwise, their hopes of making the playoffs could be crushed from the get-go.