Eagles’ Brandon Graham criticized for crucial penalty on Taylor Heinicke hit
Philadelphia Eagles veteran pass rusher Brandon Graham faced immense backlash for a crucial penalty late in their loss to the Washington Commanders that ultimately gave their opponent a fresh set of downs and killed off any momentum.
The play occurred with under 2 minutes to play. Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke was dropping back to pass looking to extend the drive but decided to give himself up and take a knee with no one to throw to. The drive appeared to be over for Washington when the unthinkable happened.
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Graham came around and hit Heinicke while the quarterback was down. The play resulted in an unnecessary roughness call and gave Washington a fresh set of downs. The Eagles only got the ball back with minimal time left and could not do anything with it.
Washington won 32-21, but it was Graham who received a ton of criticism on social media.
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Graham finished with two tackles. He said he was “sick” over the brain fart.
“I’m just more sick that I let the team down in the moment,” the defensive end, via NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Graham’s teammate Darius Slay expressed support from the defender.
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“BG does what BG does and hustles hard and plays hard,” Slay added. “I am with him. S— happens. He is not perfect. S— happens. I had a penalty. I gave them a first down. He is alright. We are good.”