The Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins, two rivals in the NFC East Conference, had a game erupt into a brawl on the sidelines Sunday. Despite the famous Eagles and Cowboys rivalry, their spat with the Redskins does not seem to be any less of a bitter rivalry.
“Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw an apparent interception to Bashaud Breeland when he overthrew tight end Brent Celek on a fourth-quarter drive. As Breeland was tackled while returning the interception, Foles stopped his pursuit and was knocked off his feet on a hit by Washington nose tackle Chris Baker, prompting a scuffle to break out on the Redskins’ sideline.”
Baker was ejected for a personal foul and Peters for throwing a punch, which left the Philadelphia Eagles without any reserve offensive lineman. The incident was started by a blindside hit to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who had just thrown an interception prior. The hit came from Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker.
USA Today Sports described the bedlam.
“Foles was down. Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters immediately went after Baker. Players from both sides swarmed in the Redskins bench area until order was restored by the officials. Baker and Peters were ejected. Foles got up after being attended to on the field. The interception by cornerback Bashaud Breeland was overturned on video review. Foles threw a tie-breaking touchdown pass to finish the drive.”
Chris Baker denied the allegation that it was a cheap shot, saying, “The whistle had not been blown,” and “He did not hit him hard.” However, the Eagles’ Jason Peters felt he “was cheap shotted,” and he guesses he “reacted and shouldn’t have.” The end result was that he felt he should not have, but was protecting the Redskins’ quarterback.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden alleged that he did not see the hit, but if it was “cheap,” then he should have been kicked out. After all the mayhem cleared, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 37-34 Sunday. In the end, the Eagles advanced to 3-0.
Redskins’ safety Ryan Clark said it was “just fun” and “part of the game,” ESPN reported.
“When two teams are fighting hard to win, they’re protecting their teammates…. Those guys were feisty; we were feisty. We’re all grown men. We all have egos and we all want to be the alpha male. That’s what it was about. That’s cool. If we see those guys, we’ll shake their hands because they played better than us.”
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