The Empire State Building in the heart of New York City was lit up in green Sunday night to show support for the Philadelphia Eagles after the team won the NFC Championship and clinched a spot in the Super Bowl LVII.
The idea that one of the world’s most iconic buildings with the New York Giants and New York Jets playing in its backyard would be lit green to support a rival didn’t sit well with some football fans.
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The backlash started immediately on social media.
NYC Sanitation, whose colors are also green and white, tweeted: «To anyone who finds this as treacherous, treacherous, and unforgivable as we do, just pretend it’s green and white to #NewYorksStronger. We take out the trash every day … and next year, that will include the Eagles.»
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The Eagles defeated the 49ers, 31-7, to return to the Super Bowl, which will take place on February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and can be seen on FOX.
Philadelphia was propelled to victory thanks to touchdowns from Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. All three players scored rushing touchdowns and Sanders had two of those scores.
Hurts, an NFL MVP candidate, was 15-for-25 with 121 passing yards. He also had 39 rushing yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Kenneth Gainwell led the Eagles in rushing yards with 48. Sanders had 42 and Scott 21.
DeVonta Smith led the Eagles in receptions with two receptions for 36 yards. AJ Brown had four receptions for 28 yards.
Things didn’t get better for the social media team after the Empire State Building account tweeted that it changed its color to red to support the Kansas City Chiefs who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC Championship.
In the final moments, Patrick Mahomes galloped for a first down and picked up more yards after he was shoved to the ground when he was already out of bounds.
He set up a Harrison Butker go-ahead field goal.
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Kansas City won the game 23-20.