The Philadelphia Eagles had a chance to make up important ground in the NFC East in Week 12 when they took on the rival New York Giants, but the team fell flat on its face. Philly had a chance to take the game late in the fourth quarter, but their efforts to march down the field for a game-winning drive came up short.
DeVonta Smith was seen looking furious after the game, and head coach Nick Sirianni shined some light onto what went down during his exchange with the rookie wideout, per Josh Tolentino of the Philly Inquirer.
Nick Sirianni said DeVonta Smith came up to him before the final play and demanded the ball. Sirianni said he likes that fire from Smith in wanting the ball in crunch time.#Eagles didn’t target Smith on final drive pic.twitter.com/7hOkfkjR01
— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) November 28, 2021
As Sirianni told the press after the game, Smith wanted the ball in his hands during crunch time, in hopes of making a big play to help the Eagles secure a win. While his passion and energy were appreciated by Sirianni, it seems the message fell on deaf ears.
Smith was not targeted a single time during the Eagles' final offensive possession. Instead, Jalen Hurts targeted the likes of Jalen Reagor, who dropped two critical balls in the fourth quarter, Dallas Goedert and Kenneth Gainwell. Smith, despite creating separation and getting open on his routes, was not thrown to.
DeVonta Smith livid as he came off the field. Threw his helmet to the bench. Wanted the ball. Was open. Never saw a target on the #Eagles' final two drives.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 28, 2021
The Eagles threw away a chance to tie things up with the Giants when Boston Scott coughed up the football on their second-to-last drive. The Eagles got one more chance with the ball, but Reagor's drops and Hurts' overall inaccuracies resulted in the Giants coming out on top.
Smith had one of his worst games of the season, catching just two passes on four targets for 22 yards. Despite his best efforts to get himself more involved in the offensive game plan, the Eagles failed to acclimate him on Sunday, and they paid the price.