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The Eagles played a dirty trick on the Giants. But the NFL is a squalid place  

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Whatever you think about the Philadelphia Eagles conceding a meaningless game for draft position, the pearl-clutching it has aroused is far more cringeworthy If anyone spots my eyeballs, grab them for me. I do believe they rolled out of my skull on Monday when first-year New York Giants head coach Joe Judge accused the Philadelphia Eagles of “disrespect” for the game of football for effectively tanking in their regular-season finale against Washington on Sunday night.After banging on for several minutes about the additional sacrifices made by players and coaches during a pandemic-racked season, Judge brought it home with an oblique reference to his Philadelphia counterpart Doug Pederson, the Super Bowl-winning coach whose apparent willingness to concede a game that was meaningless to his team had the effect of eliminating the slightly-less-woeful Giants from playoff contention.“To me, you don’t ever want to disrespect those players in our effort and disrespect the game,” said Judge, whose team has lost 22 of their past 26 meetings with the Eagles including the postseason, stripping any and all luster from a once-great NFL rivalry. “To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win – we will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the New York Giants.”Had Philadelphia defeated Washington, the Giants would have backed into a division title in the historically poor NFC East and assured themselves a home playoff game despite a lacklucker 6-10 record. Not only did the Eagles have nothing to gain from winning, but a victory would have saddled them with a worse position in April’s draft, dropping them from the sixth to ninth pick.With Philadelphia trailing by three points and 12:53 remaining, Pederson replaced first-year quarterback Jalen Hurts with Nate Sudfeld, a third-stringer who hadn’t thrown an NFL pass in two years. Sudfeld committed two turnovers and was sacked twice in his three possessions as Washington won 20-14, booking a trip to the playoffs at New York’s expense.NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth spent most of the fourth quarter calling it straight, as if they weren’t allowed to openly acknowledge what plainly was unfolding before them: that the Eagles weren’t trying to win. It was a good bit. But after the two-minute warning, Collinsworth could no longer contain himself.

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