December 3, 2022

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Brandon Graham, #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles, hits Taylor Heinicke, #4 of the Washington Commanders, at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 14, 2022 in Philadelphia.

He criticized Eagles’ Brandon Graham for a crucial penalty kick to Taylor Heinecke

Philadelphia Eagles Rushing passer Brandon Graham faced backlash for a crucial penalty late in their loss to the Washington Chiefs that eventually gave their opponent a new losing streak and sapped any momentum.

The play occurred in less than two minutes to play. Quarterback leaders Taylor Hynecke was backing down to pass the road, but decided to give up and take a knee without anyone throwing him at him. The drive seemed to be over for Washington when the unthinkable happened.

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham, #55, hits Washington Kenders quarterback Taylor Hynecke, #4, late causing a penalty kick during the game between the Washington Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 14, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
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Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Hynecke, #4, pleads with the referee after a late hit by Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Graham, #55, during the game between the Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles on November 14, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Hynecke, #4, pleads with the referee after a late hit by Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham, #55, during the game between the Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles on November 14, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
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Graham came up and hit Heinicke while the center was down. The play led to an unnecessary roughness call and gave Washington a new set of slips. The Eagles only got the ball back with minimal time remaining and they couldn’t do anything with it.

Washington won, 32-21, but it was Graham who received much of the criticism on social media.

The Eagles have their first loss of the season in an NFC wild card upset in the East

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Graham finished with two tackles. He said he was “sick” from the brain fart.

“I’m even sicker because I’m leaving the team right now,” the defensive end said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Graham’s teammate Darius Slay voiced his support from the defender.

Brandon Graham, #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles, hits Taylor Hynecke, #4 of the Washington Chiefs, at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia.

Brandon Graham, #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles, hits Taylor Hynecke, #4 of the Washington Chiefs, at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia.
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“BG does what BG does, works hard and plays hard,” Sly added. “I’m with him. S–happening. He’s not perfect. S—happening. I took a penalty. I gave them first. He’s fine. We’re good.”