There were plenty of exciting NFL games this holiday weekend, but two plays in particular were the buzz of the Twitter-verse. These belonged to Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and Denver kicker Brandon McManus.
In the second quarter of Saturday night’s (yes, NFL on Saturday!) Redskins vs. Eagles game, Washington had a 16-10 lead right before the end of the first half, and was looking to add on more points before heading into the locker room. The Redskins had just completed a pass and tacked on a defensive penalty to the end of the play to bring the ball to the Eagles’ 6 yard line. Then the Eagles called a timeout with 6 seconds left in the half to set up their defense to stop the Redskins’ final play before the end of the half. The Redskins had no timeouts left, so they had time for one quick toss to the endzone before attempting a field goal. Well, Kirk Cousins did not attempt a toss to the endzone – in fact, he didn’t even call for the field goal.
He took a knee.
With Social Delta, we can see how Twitter reacted to this decision. They were – let’s say – surprised.
For more reactions, take a look at the timeline between 10:03-10:05 p.m. The Redskins would go on to win the game, 38-24, but Cousins’s decision was the most mentioned moment of the game.
Similarly, Denver Broncos kicker, Brandon McManus made a play on Monday Night Football that sparked a plethora of reactions on social media. His play was not a mistake in judgment, but rather a mistake in kicking the football. Kickers missing field goal attempts is nothing new. And McManus did just that. But, oh boy, did he miss.
Not surprisingly, Twitter was not kind in this instance either.
For more reactions, check out the full timeline of the game here and search for tweets around 11:28-11:31 p.m. The Broncos would go on to win the game in overtime, with McManus redeeming himself with what would prove to be a game-winning kick.