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While some have said the move helped Washington beat the Eagles 20-14 on Sunday night to clinch the NFC East and prevent the New York Giants from winning the division, Rivera said he doesn’t want to hear any such talk.
“You play who’s out there,” he said. “I’m not apologizing for winning.”
Washington won the division with a 7-9 record, finishing a game ahead of the Giants. The Eagles, already playing without 10 starters for various reasons, took out Hurts to play seldom-used Nate Sudfeld with Washington ahead 17-14.
After the game, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said, “That was my decision solely. Nate has been here for four years and I felt he deserved an opportunity to get some snaps. If there’s anything out there that thinks I was not trying to win the game … [Zach] Ertz is out there, Brandon Graham is out there, Darius Slay is out there. All of our top guys are still on the field at