PHILADELPHIA – The bad blood between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers has been brewing and well-documented. But the negative feelings toward one another took a turn for the worst during the game.
Niners linebacker Dre Greenlaw was ejected along with Eagles chief security officer Dom DiSandro following an altercation on the Eagles’ sideline during the third quarter. Greenlaw had slammed Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith to the ground after Smith stepped out of bounds.
Officials threw a flag for the late hit but the situation escalated when DiSandro separated Smith and Greenlaw. The refs attempted to diffuse the situation, but DiSandro shoved Greenlaw and the linebacker’s left hand made contact with DiSandro’s face.
Greenlaw was disqualified and, after some protesting, DiSandro was forced to leave the field. Eagles fans sent him off with a hearty ovation.
The Eagles and Niners have engaged in a public beef for the better part of the last year, dating back to the 2022 NFC championship game. Quarterback Brock Purdy was knocked out in the first quarter, and the Eagles went on to cruise to a 31-7 victory, with Niners players downplaying the outcome in the ensuing months.