Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a rough night in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. So much so, the quarterback got booed off the field despite no fans being present.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL hasn’t allowed fans into the stadium for many of its games. To simulate the environment of a normal game, the league has been using fake, digital crowd noises to replicate fans’ cheers –and boos. Fox has also experimented with using virtual fans during its broadcasts to fill the empty seats.
A digital crowd booed Carson Wentz twice during the game.
The Eagles played the Rams Sunday at their home Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Wentz struggled to execute against the Rams’ defense. After a failed third-down attempt, Wentz dealt with booing from invisible “fans”. Boos echoed through the stadium as Wentz unstrapped his helmet and walked off the field.
Later in the third quarter, Wentz had to listen to boos again. The quarterback led his team down the field. But he threw an interception in the end zone, giving the Rams the ball. Once again, digital boos followed Wentz as he took off his helmet.
For the night, Wentz completed 26 of 43 passes for 242 yards. He also threw two interceptions during the game. The Rams beat the Eagles 37 to 19.
During Week 2 of the NFL season, only four teams allowed fans to enter their stadiums. In compliance with social distancing guidelines, Dallas Cowboys allowed 21,708 fans to attend its Week 2 game. The average attendance for the stadium was around 90,000 in 2019. The team plans to limit attendance to around 25% capacity. Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins had 11,075 fans at its home game.
For now, virtual cheers and boos continue to be the standard for most of the NFL during the pandemic.
[H/T: Fox News]