Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made helmet to helmet contact with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter of Seattle's Wild Card game vs. Philadelphia that knocked him out of the game with a concussion. 

In an interview with ESPN's Tim McManus, Clowney denied any intent to injure Wentz and claimed he was just giving it his all.

It was a bang-bang play. I don't intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I've been down the injury road; it's not fun. My intention was not to hurt him. I was just playing fast.

Later in the interview, Clowney anticipated some backlash for his hit.

"There might be death threats," he said. Clowney also said that fans who attend Eagles games are "the worst fans in the world."

NBC Sports Northwest digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski reports that Eagles fans were yelling expletives towards Clowney on the sideline following the hit.

Given Eagles fans in the past have booed for a career-ending injury, thrown glass bottles at opposing fans, and even booed Santa Claus, this behavior isn't surprising. 

Clowney was not penalized for the hit in question. After the game, referee Shawn Smith explained that Wentz was a runner and did not give himself up, therefore the incidental helmet contact was not enough to warrant a foul.

 

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters disagreed.

The Seahawks will now shift their focus to traveling to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round on Sunday at 3:40 p.m. (PT).